Welcome to episode 16 of Must Reads with Dr. Sarah Travis, featuring her book Unspeakable: Preaching and Trauma-Informed Theology. The book was inspired by Dr. Travis’ personal experience of grief over the loss of her son.
MustReads 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 .
Interview with Wes Allen and Carrie La Ferle on their new book Preaching and the Thirty Second Commercial, the first in the Preaching and… Series
co-sponsored by the Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence at SMU and Westminster John Knox Press.
Different ethical situations require different homiletical responses. Dr. McClure organizes recent literature on ethics and preaching into four ethical approaches.
The book explores the question of what can preachers do to help congregants navigate everyday life with the courage, imagination, and savvy it takes to testify in action and word to God’s mercy and justice.
Dr. Thomas defines a dangerous sermon and provides advice on how to preach such a sermon and survive.
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.
In her book, Dr. Lewis analyzes various models of leadership and offers a metaphor of the Paraclete as a framework for leading with integrity.
Dr. Schade’s book offers tools for bridging the red-blue divide and for addressing controversial issues of public concern while building up your parishioners’ faith.
Preaching with empathy for wounded souls can help with healing. Dr. Sancken introduces the term “soul wounds” and defines it as experiencing loss, brokenness, unresolved pain, and grief. She acknowledges that healing from these wounds does not happen instantaneously and that we should allow the time for the complex process of healing to unfold.
Dr. Neal talks about her exploration of what it means to be fully human as a preacher and as a pastor. Her book exposes the “shadows” – false understandings of who we are as preachers.
Dr. Ward shifts the conversation from homiletical techniques to Christian practices, or contextual virtues, that give life to preachers and to their preaching.