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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687336481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687336487
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Fred B. Craddock, Brandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (Christian Church {Disciples of Christ}). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I recommend this book to both students and pastors.
Ajilon Ferdinand
This is, quite simply, the best book on preaching that I have come across.
Benjamin Meyer
I have found Fred Craddock's Preaching to be very helpful.
Kenneth W. Shaw

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Fred W Hood on February 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
From the Introduction where Dr. Craddock promises to walk the reader through the process of selecting a text to the delivery of the sermon... to the chapters of enriching the form and delivering the sermon - he delivers the goods!
I doubt that anyone other than Fred Craddock could claim to have been mentor and role model to as many other preacher-teachers, like, Barbara Brown Taylor, Joanna Adams, John Claypool, Gail O'Day, and Thomas Long.
From his emphasis on theological content to creative imagination ...Dr. Craddock spices up his serious language with such pithy phrases as, "A quiet voice through a cabin door, President Lincoln says we're free," is no less a shout than 76 trombones coming down Main Street on the Fourth of July!
He allows to creep into his sermon, the humor of a nearby seated passenger on their flight from St. Louis to Seattle who became ill and went outside for a breath of fresh air. The response comes back, "But that didn't really happen. Did It?"
Allegorically, the words from Genesis, "and Abram went out from Ur of the Chaldees," could be interpreted, "and the soul left the confines of the body."
The first time I heard Craddock, he gave his version of the earliest Black tradition of The Creation Story. He stirred my creative imagination! Just like I get to every Seminar on Style and Form, when he is on at Cherrylog Christian Church, I love to hear his latest presentation... Nowhere else can you read this but in his Preaching!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Andersen on February 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a seminary student, as I am sure many of those reading this review are, or where. You know the assigned reading requirements, and you know about how much of the required reading you actually complete. With that in mind, let me say that this is the only text this semester I have not set aside, or failed to read, it is that valuable.
Dr. Craddock gives a sound theology of preaching, explains method in an easy to follow manner and gives the simple, practical, information so frequently missing from classroom discussions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom Hinkle on July 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent basic text on preaching. Although I am not yet a preacher and am just getting ready to enter seminary, I can't imagine a more comprehensive book on the subject. I expected Craddock to beat the drum for his favorite style of sermon, the inductive, but surprisingly this is not even mentioned. For more info on the inductive style, I would refer the reader to "As One Without Authority". Especially valuable are the sections concerning the pastor's study habits, and how time spent in study is actually time spent with the congregation. Craddock is acknowleged as one of the greatest preachers of his generation, and this is an excellent way to learn from the "master".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Warren T. Baldwin on July 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Preaching" is one of the first books on homiletics (Preaching) that I read. I was moved to reconsider everything about my preaching - from my study to the organization of the sermon to the delivery. "Preaching" is an excellent book for the beginner or the seasoned preacher/teacher. It offers cogent advice in how to study, how to develop the sermon plot, and even how to communicate the sermon so listeners will tune in and not out.

Like all of Craddock's books, this one is filled with memorable quotes. Here is one of them: "The first thing to be sacrificed to an overload of duties and activities is time for thinking. As a result, we have more intelligent sermons than wise ones." Wouldn't this describe a number of sermons you have heard (or even preached?).

I give this book five stars and recommend it for anyone who wants to preach or teach, and for anyone who appreciates a writer who is unmatched in his skill at written communication.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Meyer on December 22, 2008
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This is, quite simply, the best book on preaching that I have come across. The author takes the reader through the entire task of creating, delivering, and looking back on a sermon and does so in a very though provoking way. I come back to this book over and over again. Honestly, I think I will likely reread this book every year that I am in the ministry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John D. White on April 1, 2007
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Fred Craddock is a marvelous preacher. Having re-invented the preaching wheel in the 1970's and done so quite successfully, he turns his experience into a great book on "Preaching." This is the work of a master homiletician. Craddock's book has been on my shelf for years and there is not a week that goes by when I don't look something up in it. Perhaps the only book better for preachers is Thomas Long's book on the "Witness of Preaching." And this is arguable...An outstanding asset for the seminarian who is just learning how to put a sermon together, or for the experienced pastor who knows all too well how to put a sermon together, but perhaps needs a reminder or a refresher. This is one of those must have books!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Derek Elkins on April 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
Fred Craddock has provided a timeless resource to current and future preachers. Not only that, this book is valuable to anyone looking for a clear and productive method for biblical studies.

"Preaching" should be read with two other resources close at hand: a Bible and a book or recordings of an exceptional preacher/sermon crafter. For me, that was Debbie Blue's Sensual Orthodoxy.

Knowing that we've come to this book hoping Craddock will reveal to us the secrets of his narrative approach, he saves that until the very end, and fills the rest of the pages with nuggets of insight that pave the way for Craddock's instruction on the actual delivery of the sermon.

Throughout, there is a sense that Craddock is "practicing what he preaches," as he employs his own methods and metaphors to illuminate the theology and practice of preaching.

I could not recommend this book any more highly.
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