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Doug Gay – God in My Mouth: 40 Ways to Grow as a Preacher

St Andrew’s Press 148 pages £14.99 ISBN 978 0 86153 996 3

This is one of the most stimulating and refreshing books on preaching that I have read in years.

The book is divided into four sections: Preaching – Reading – Speaking – Living.

In 40 bite-sized chapters Doug Gay provides a fast-moving feast of homiletic tapas. Years of thinking about preaching and teaching preachers are carefully distilled into a brief but substantial primer for preachers.

The book teaches so many helpful lessons, delights with many well presented examples, and persuades the reader to develop a more varied preaching palette. Along the way, the author introduces the reader to some of the preachers and thinkers who have helped preachers over the years (it was great see a chapter inspired by Samuel Well; an undervalued national treasure).

Peppered with some of the best ideas about preaching, the book includes Tom Long’s brilliant, and deceptively simple concepts: focus and function. Doug Gay has not written an exhaustive book on preaching but he has liberally scattered numerous highly suggestive ideas that like seeds, which if allowed to take root, might just prove to be very fruitful.

If you are a preacher buy this book and read it. If you love your pastor, buy this book and give him it as a gift. At £14.99 it might appear a bit pricey but it is worth every penny!

John Woods is pastor of Lancing Tabernacle

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