In Reading for Preaching Cornelius Plantinga claims preachers who read widely will most likely become better preachers. He argues that good reading generates delight, and the preacher who enters the world of delight goes with God. Good reading can also help tune the preacher’s ear for language—his primary tool. General reading can enlarge the preacher’s sympathies for people and situations that she or he had previously known nothing about. And, above all, the preacher who reads widely has the chance to become wise.
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Jesus once said we are to love God with all our mind—I know of no one who does this better than Neal Plantinga. He seems to be incapable of crafting an uninteresting or unedifying sentence. To be able to learn from him how to stock a mind for greater preaching is beyond price. Whatever this book costs, it’s not enough.
—John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
Plantinga’s sympathetic understanding of the preacher’s ‘daunting task,’ combined with his concrete guidance for enhancing homiletic skill, makes this a valuable resource for new and veteran preachers alike.