Use What You Have

A preacher called me and asked for a list of books to buy to help his preaching. I gave him this list:
1) They Like To Never Quit Praising God by Frank Thomas (http://www.amazon.com/They-Like-Never-Quit-Praisin/dp/0829819789)
2) The Practice of Preaching by Paul Scott Wilson (http://www.amazon.com/The-Practice-Preaching-Revised-Edition/dp/0687645271)
3) The Heart of Black Preaching by Cleophus LaRue (http://www.amazon.com/The-Hum-Response-Preaching-Preachers/dp/0687180201)
My preaching friend said he has those, do I have any other suggestions.

young black African American ethnicity student girl studying pile of books on library desk preparing exam in stress reading textbook concentrated in youth education concept

young black African American ethnicity student girl studying pile of books on library desk preparing exam in stress reading textbook concentrated in youth education concept

I asked him if he read and applied them?

He said, “Not yet, but I’m gonna have some time coming up and wanted to load up.”
Well my sisters and brothers, this brings me to an important point and I am sure many of you have preached this point in your sermons. “Owning a book ain’t gonna do you any good unless you read and apply the book.”
If you are a preacher, I think you probably have a number of books on preaching that you haven’t read or applied. So here is a challenge. Take one of those books, read at least part of it. Then apply what you have read.
Then, start looking for other materials. God has already given you a wealth of information at your fingertips. Use what you got before thinking you think you have to find something else.
If you must buy something, why not consider my own Four Waves of Biblical Exegesis. You can get it right here: https://gumroad.com/products/okf

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Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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