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    DescriptionIn Reading for Preaching Neal Plantinga makes a singular claim: preachers who read fine writing will likely become deeper and defter preachers. In his own winsome writing style Plantinga shows how a general reading program benefits preachers. First, he says, 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 or her 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.Though aimed especially at preachers, this beautifully written book will benefit anyone interested in the wisdom to be derived from reading.


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    Title
    Reading for Preaching
    Subtitle
    The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Cornelius Plantinga
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 136
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780802870773
    ISBN 10: 0802870775
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.1
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    Abridged Dewey: 251
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    DC22: 251
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    LC classification: BV4211.3 .P64 2013
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVH
    Publisher
    William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
    Publication date
    23 December 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Grand Rapids
    Author Information
    Cornelius Plantinga Jr. is president emeritus of Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. His previous books include Beyond Doubt, Not the Way It's Supposed to Be, and Engaging God's World, and his many articles and essays have appeared in such periodicals as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, and The Christian Century.
    Review quote
    Richard Lischer-- author of Stations of the Heart and The End of Words Cornelius Plantinga's Reading for Preaching represents the gift of a lifetime. Plantinga has spent many years mapping great fiction, poetry, biography, and journalism. In this book he shares that map with technologized, digitalized, busy preachers who badly need what he has to offer. This is not a guide to pretty sermons, ' as Niebuhr called them, but to human, deeply textured reflections. . . . I can't imagine a preacher who will not benefit from this gift. Walter Brueggemann-- author of The Prophetic Imagination and Truth Speaks to Power Two matters are unmistakably clear in this book. First, Plantinga loves words, phrases, sentences, and stories. He remembers them, relishes them, and knows their durable power. Second, Plantinga cares about ministers. He knows the burdens and wonders of ministry, and treats preachers with deep respect. . . . Preachers will find in these pages a colleague and fellow traveler who exudes courage and pathos and joy in our common calling. Thomas G. Long-- author of The Witness of Preaching and What Shall We Say? With wit, wisdom, and a fresh supply of his own compelling prose, Cornelius Plantinga invites us into the whitewater adventure of good reading. He speaks directly to preachers, to those who bear the load of weekly sermons and who wonder where they can find language that bristles with energy and faithful imagination. But he also gathers in all Christians who hunger for the old words of the faith sin, hope, salvation, providence to come alive in the vibrant metaphors, rich stories, and telling insights of great literature. This book is about delightful reading, and it is itself a delight to read. John Ortberg-- author of If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat 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 unedify