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"Dickinson has achieved that rare feat of producing a book that will be as interesting to the person in the pew as to literary scholars and theologians. Drawing on a wide range of modern transatlantic fiction, he demonstrates how fictional sermons can embody fresh visions, critique the current culture, and raise problems of authority, inspiration, and interpretation common to authors and readers, preachers and congregations. His swiftly-paced narrative produces moments to ponder and reflect the distilled wisdom of preaching experience and scholarly attentiveness."
--Elisabeth Jay, Professor Emerita, Oxford Brookes University
"Drawing on an extensive range of texts, Dickinson confronts the academic and lay reader alike with the transformative interplay created by sermons when they are embedded in the world of the novel. The notion of church is offered new fertile ground on which to grow. The Novel as Church is a welcome addition to those in homiletics, literature, and the broader field of hermeneutics and a must-read for those engaged in the work of the church in post-Christian society."
--Allen Permar Smith, Minister, Kenilworth Presbyterian Church