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Book: Letters to Young Preachers
Author: edited by Warren Berkley and Mark Roberts
Publisher: Spiritbuilding Publishing, 2011
Related website(s): http://www.Spiritbuilding.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Older teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Berkley, Warren, and Roberts, Mark. Letters to Young Preachers (Published in 2011 by Spiritbuilding Publishing, 15591 N. State Rd. 9, Summitville, IN 46070). I am a preacher. Like David when he wrote Psalm 37:25, “I have been young, and am now old.” At age 65, having preached regularly for 45 years, with my white hair and gray beard, I would be mistaken by no one for a “young preacher.” I recently met another preacher for the first time, and he jokingly told me that he had heard of my name for 100 years. However, I remember what it was like being a young preacher, and I agree with the observation, “To the young man who desires to preach God’s Word, this book will be of greater value than literal gold or silver. He will find herein wisdom that has been gleaned through years of experience and prayerful study of the Bible.” This book consists of nineteen chapters which fall into two categories.
The first category is letters from older preachers to young preachers. Robert Harkrider wrote, “The advice, from the first letter written by Sewell Hall, to the last written by Harold Turner, is intriguing, well-written, and right on target. Although I am an ‘older preacher,” I found that the letters form wise counsel for preachers of any age.” In their Introduction, editors Warren Berkley and Mark Roberts explain the second category. “Along with those letters, you will also find chapters on the preacher’s work written by men who excel in those areas, and can help you do the same….[S]ome of the most vital matters in the work of a preacher are covered.” Some of the subjects include teaching an adult Bible class, Biblical languages, sermon preparation and delivery, using technology wisely, maintaining moral purity, dealing with elders, personal evangelism, and moving.
Seven of the eight letter writers are (or were—a couple have passed on since then) personal acquaintances of mine, and six of the other eleven writers fall into the same category. Let me share with you what some others have said. One wrote, “If you are a young preacher just starting out this is a MUST – you’ll benefit greatly from the insights of these men. And, if you are already preaching, but could use a word of encouragement from a Godly man who’s been in your shoes and knows exactly what kind of responsibilities you juggle each day – then this book will build you up.” Another noted, “I wish this book had been available when I began working as an evangelist. I believe it would have made a difference in the way I did things.” And one other remarked, “I think book is very Biblical and practical! I greatly enjoyed reading it and will look back at it soon for advice as I am a young preacher and I greatly appreciate such materials!” I’ll just say “Amen” to these comments.