Rarely have I read a book on preaching that is so rich, informative, encouraging, practical. Fresh ideas, vivid imagination, familiarity with contemporary literature, stories, playing with metaphors, excursions into historyit's genuinely breathtaking. And his concluding exhortation: cultivate love for words, for Scripture, for people, for Jesus Christmy heart was on fire.
Walter J. Burghardt, S.J.
The book is an invaluable and long overdue resource for Catholic preachers and teachers of preachers. I will certainly be requiring it of my students. Instead of a bag of superficial tricks and gimmicks, the book provides preachers with a deep understanding of the several liturgical preaching occasions the book addresses. The work is thorough, thoughtful and theological yet clear, practical, and pastoral. The author's love of preaching and his deep respect for the various special occasion liturgies are evident on every page. I found the last chapter's concern for the ongoing need for preachers to remain alive to their preaching right on target. The four 'loves' the author lists as necessary to sustain preachers stand as warning and remedy for weary preachers.
Richard C. Stern, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Homiletics, Saint Meinrad School of Theology
Our world hungers and thirsts for the living Word of God that gives life and hope. Father Wallace invites, no charges, preachers to explore the essential role they are to play in feeding God's people. While written primarily for a Roman Catholic audience, his insights will feed a much wider audience.
Lucy Hogan, Professor of Preaching and Worship, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
. . . covers areas of preaching that can also be done by lay preachers, it is useful to both the ordained and lay Catholic preacher. And if you are not a preacher, this book will help you become a more attentive listener to the scriptures and more receptive worshiper at liturgical celebrations.
Wallace guides preachers in linking their sermons to the festal, pastoral, and sanctoral calendar . . .
Imagine a caterer overwhelmed by trying to feed too much hunger in too many banquets. Parish priests feel similarly daunted attempting to preach to multiple spiritual need in multiple feasts. James Wallace, writing from both his homiletical expertise and pastor's heart, shows committed preachers how to serve the kind of homiletical fare at the Church’s feasts that nourishes basic hunger for wholeness, meaning, and belonging. In answering a crying need in pulpit and pew, Wallace beautifully combines his gifts for insight, clarity, and creativity.
Don M. Wardlaw, Professor Emeritus of Preaching and Worship, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago