Top Preaching Books to Read in 2017

2017. It’s a new year where many of us have set new goals to work toward in our home, our church, and our life overall. My hope is that one of your goals is to grow in your gift as a preacher of God’s word. Podcasts, blogs, YouTube, and Vimeo all contain great resources for us to grow as a preacher. But there remains no other better way to learn from someone else than to dive deep into their thoughts, processes, insights, and wisdom inside a book.

Preaching Books to Read in 2017

We want to help you find some valuable books on the subject of preaching so that you can grab them, read them, underline them, highlight them, and apply what you learned from them. Also, if you have grabbed some great preaching books for this year and they are not listed below, please leave a comment below this post and share those books with us.

Top Preaching Books to Read in 2017

In no particular order…

Lectures to My Students by C.H. Spurgeon

Lectures to My Students

The prince of preaching, as some call him, shares his teachings to his students at Pastor’s College in London.

Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller

Preaching by Timothy Keller

This isn’t as much a book on sermon preparation as much as it is about a focus on the content of our message and the strategies we use to share that content. So good.

Preaching Sticky Sermons: A Practical Guide to Preparing, Writing, and Delivering Memorable Sermons by Brandon Kelley and Joe Hoagland

Preaching Sticky Sermons

We believe that this is the most practical book on preaching available today. From start to finish, from preparation to delivery and beyond, we cover it all in short, bite-sized chapters that keep everything actionable.

Preaching and Preachers by D. Martin Lloyd-Jones

Preaching and Preachers

The importance of preaching is the focus in this classic. Plus, check out the authors of those extra essays!

Giving Blood: A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching by Leonard Sweet

Giving Blood by Leonard Sweet

This is Joe’s favorite book on preaching.

Preaching Killer Sermons: How to Create and Deliver Messages That Captivate and Inspire by Lane Sebring

The guy behind delivers the goods in his practical book on preaching. Grab this!

The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper

The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper

Warren Wiersbe said this concerning Piper’s book on preaching, “[Piper] Calls us back to a biblical standard for preaching, a standard exemplified by many of the pulpit giants of the past, especially Jonathan Edwards and Charles Spurgeon.”

Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chapell

Chapell breaks down the preparation, organization, and delivery of expository sermons. If you lean more topical, let this book stretch you.

Preaching Christ From the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method

This is a tool we all need.

What About You?

We’d love to see what preaching books are on your reading list for 2017. Just comment below and let us know!

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Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Lead Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.


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  1. They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God by Frank Thomas and Henry Mitchell
    The End of Word by Richard Lischer
    Preacher Breath by Kyndall Rae Rothaus
    The Liberating Pulpit by Justo Gonzalez and Catherine Gonzalez
    Finding Language and Imagery by Jennifer Lord and O. Wesley Allen
    Toward a Womanist Homiletic by Donna E. Allen
    Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World by Otis Moss III
    In Other Words by Charles Cosgrove
    Preaching the Story that Shapes Us by Dan Boone
    The Preaching Life by Barbara Brown Taylor

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