What are the best books on preaching you have read? If you want to improve your preaching, there is no better way to start by reading every good preaching book you can get your hands on.
Yes, you need a lot of practice. You have to get out there and learn from both good and bad experiences. But beginning with a healthy foundation is critical to fast-tracking your success.
Solidify your theology of preaching by learning from the many great preachers who have gone before you. Leaders are readers. Devour as many good preaching books as you can.
To help, I have compiled a list the best books on preaching I have read.
The Best Books On Preaching
Biblical Preaching – Haddon Robinson
Biblical Preaching is the standard book on expository preaching. This is the book that most seminaries and bible colleges will make students read. A true classic.
The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching – Haddon Robinson & Craig Brian Larson
The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching is the greatest collection of preaching articles I have ever read. What I love most about this book is the incredible variety of opinions from expert preachers: Haddon Robinson, John Stott, Bill Hybels, Dallas Willard, Warren Wiersbe, Larry Osborne, Tim Keller, Rick Warren, D.A. Carson, John Ortberg, Charles Swindoll, John Piper, Andy Stanley… and so many more. It’s a long read, but a must read!
Communicating for a Change – Andy Stanley & Lane Jones
In this book, Andy Stanley breaks down his method for delivering engaging and memorable messages week after week. The first half is a story of a man learning to preach, the second half breaks everything down into practical steps. If you have not yet read this book, seriously, do it now.
Christ-Centered Preaching – Bryan Chapell
Christ-Centered Preaching is a great book on expository preaching centered on Christ. It is a very deep book that might take longer to read than others, but it is filled with nuggets of wisdom.
Preaching and Preachers – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Preaching and Preachers is classic in the preaching world. The 40th anniversary edition also includes essays from Tim Keller, John Piper, Mark Dever, Kevin DeYoung, and more.
Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition – Calvin Miller
Everyone loves a good story. Stories are compelling and memorable. This book does an excellent job of breaking down the art of story telling in preaching from a master story-teller.
What About Youth Ministry?
I am no stranger to the world of youth ministry. I served as a youth pastor for 6 years. If you are a youth pastor, the books above will still be helpful to you. However, if you are looking for something more specific to your ministry to teenagers, here are a few great choices that personally helped me.
Speaking to Teenagers – Doug Fields & Duffy Robbins
There is no better book out there for specifically for youth pastors communicating to teenagers. This book covers every area from thought, creation, to delivery of effective messages. Every youth pastor should own a copy.
How to Speak to Youth is a classic book on speaking to teenagers from master communicator, Ken Davis, founder of the SCORRE Conference. Since it’s an older book, a few things mentioned are outdated, but the principles still apply.
There you have it. Check them out. Pick one you haven’t read. Make a goal to finish it in the next month. You will be glad you did.
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QUESTION: Did I miss anything? What book (besides the Bible) has influenced your preaching the most?