“An excellent guide for training ministers who will act as lectors.”
I recommend Read the Way You Talk as an excellent resource for those who have the responsibility of training lectors and Gospel readers. It will be particularly useful for guiding those who have a habit of reading in a particular repeating vocal pattern (sing-song reading), those who know how to study the biblical background but cannot always translate it into a reading that the listener understands immediately, and those preparing passages with long sentences and many ideas.
While specific to the role of reading the liturgy in a church setting, Read the Way You Talk is also very highly recommended as a tutorial for anyone having to do recitation or readings in any public, clerical, pastoral, or devotional setting.
The Midwest Book Review
In Read the Way You Talk, the author notes that reading the liturgy in church should be 'like talk'...telling someone what is on your mind. The author, Jack Hartjes, actually creates this same experience in writing his guidebook; it is as though he draws the reader into a personal conversation about reading scripture aloud which is both highly informative and inspiring. Just as he notes people come 'alive when they talk--that humanness - belong(s) to the celebration of the Word of God,' his work comes alive with the joy of what he has to share with the reader.