Must Reads is a collection of book reviews that we believe might be of interest to preachers. Many of the writers are participants in the Peer Groups or the Coaching Program, but other voices are welcome as well. If you have a book you would like to recommend or if you are interested in reviewing a book related to preaching, please email .

Must Reads, Episode 20, with Shauna K. Hannan, featuring her book “The People's Sermon”

In her book The People's Sermon: Preaching as a Ministry to the Whole Congregation, Dr. Shauna Hannan focuses on collaborative preaching and defines it as a spectrum of approaches, from checking in with someone about a sermon topic to inviting others to take the microphone during the sermon. She argues that collaborative preaching is important because it helps to equip the whole congregation to proclaim the gospel.

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Claiming the Call to Preach by Donna Giver-Johnston

Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston’s book Claiming the Call to Preach critically examines the dominant historical narrative that overtly or covertly has exercised its power to keep women from preaching.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Women in the Bible by Jaime Clark-Soles

The underlying feature of the book is hope and the flourishing of all creation. Dr. Clark-Soles aspires to help people of all genders to live God's vision of better, more just, and abundant lives. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Embody by Karoline M. Lewis

In her book, Dr. Lewis analyzes various models of leadership and offers a metaphor of the Paraclete as a framework for leading with integrity. 

Friday, January 15, 2021