Book Review: On Preaching

On Preaching — Personal & Pastoral Insights for the Preparation & Practice of Preaching

As I study the Bible, and study the science of preaching, this has been an invaluable tool to add to my “tool belt” of ministry. H.B. Charles, Jr. is a preacher and teacher of God’s Word, and so he writes this book from experience.

This book is perfect for a casual read or someone busy in ministry. This book is made up of 30 different chapters that fall under 3 parts: Preparation for Preaching, The Practice of Preaching, and Points of Wisdom for Preaching.

Often I pick up a book only to return to it a couple days later to have forgotten a lot of what happened prior to the chapter I am on. However, H.B. Charles has written this book in such a way that this is not a problem. The chapters are written more like articles that are easy 5-10 minute reads. This is very helpful to someone who is busy in ministry or preparing for ministry.

He starts out by explaining that Theological training is not necessary, but it would be helpful if it is possible for a person to get the training. Most authors on preaching would argue that you must get Theological training to be an effective preacher, but he shows the importance without demanding the reader to attend seminary.

Charles also goes through many other topics on preaching from crafting a sermon to delivering it. I would highly recommend this book to any serious preacher of God’s Word no matter how long they have been in the pulpit! I would give this book a 5/5.


BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THIS BOOK: Charles Jr., H.B. On Preaching. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2014. 

DISCLOSURE OF THIS MATERIAL: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers, in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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