Recommended Books On Preaching


Jay Adams – Preaching With Purpose
Bryan Chapell – Christ Centered Preaching
Dale Ralph Davis – The Word Became Fresh
Daniel Doriani – Putting the Truth to Work
Sidney Greidanus – The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text
Sidney Greidanus – Preaching Christ from the Old Testament
Graham Goldsworthy – Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture
Dennis Johnson – Him we Proclaim
Martyn Lloyd Jones – Preaching and Preachers
Steve Lawson – The Expository Genius of John Calvin
John Piper – The Supremacy of God in Preaching
John MacArthur – Preaching
Stephen F Olford – Anointed Expository Preaching
Hughes Oliphant Old – The Reading and Preaching of The Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church (various volumes)
Stuart Olyott – Preaching: Pure and Simple
Leyland Ryken and Todd Wilson (eds) Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching in Honour of R Kent Hughes
Gardiner Spring – The Power of the Pulpit
Charles Spurgeon – Lectures to My Students
John Stott – the Preacher’s Portrait
John Stott – I Believe in Preaching
Warren Wiersbe – Preaching and Teaching with Imagination




  1. I would like to recommend a couple to add to your list.

    Alistair Begg and Derek Prime- On Being a Pastor
    Editor John Anderson- Reforming Pastoral Ministry

    These are both amazing books that hit on a bunch of different roles of the pastor.

  2. Matt, I’ve added Derek and Alistair’s book to the list. I’m not sure how I missed that one off in the first place. The other one I’ll be sure to take a look at.


  3. Another great preaching book that is fairly new is Dennis Johnson’s Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from all the Scriptures. It’s a combination of hermeneutics and sermon construction and delivery. A very good resource and should become a standard in the near future. Thanks for your list, there are many on it that I still lack.

  4. Colin,

    Thanks for the post. I heard you’re coming to the weekender in March, so I’ll Lord-willing meet you there. I wanted to recommend another preaching book:
    Spirit-empowered Preaching by Arturo Azurdia. It is very passionate, biblical, and reformed. I know you’d enjoy it and be edified and equipped by it.

    In Christ,
    PJ Tibayan

  5. PJ,

    Look forward to meeting you there..!

    Spirit Empowered Preaching is one I’ve never read, yet I’ve heard it recommended time and again. Perhaps I’ll finally need to get round to taking a look.

  6. Colin, thanks for the post and for the site. It’s been very helpful to a person felt called to Pastor.

    Another book that I would recommend is Tony Merida’s book Faithful Preaching. It is a really good book and has helped me.

    Again, thank you.

  7. […] Adams has a great list of recommended books on his blog as does Tim Challies  and Andreas Kostenberger and Mark […]

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