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The Splendour of the Preachers

by Duncan Macpherson


Price: £8.95
Publisher:St Pauls Publishing from Redemptorist Publications
Published:June 2011
This is a book for those who preach and those in training to be preachers, particularly in the preparation of homilies in church. Although the author is himself a Catholic, preachers of all Christian denominations will benefit. It is subtitled ‘New Approaches to Liturgical Preaching’ and includes guidelines not only for Sunday services, but also for weddings, baptisms and funerals. It is above all for those whose job it is to proclaim the Word. He deals first of all with the preacher’s role and how to communicate effectively. He then looks at the ideal structure of a sermon, how to adjust the tone and content to suit age, gender and social class and how to interpret and explain the Word of God. A very useful part of the book is the inclusion of examples of several of the author’s own preaching. He ends by saying that everyone is a preacher, that we are all called to be apostles. ‘Woe to me if I do not proclaim the Gospel’ (St Paul).

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Reviewer: John Irvine   (21/01/12)
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