The Heart of the Preacher: Preparing Your Soul to Proclaim the Word

Rick Reed (Author)

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$13.99  $12.87
Lexham Press
Publish Date
October 09, 2019
5.2 X 0.7 X 8.1 inches | 1.32 pounds
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About the Author

Rick Reed (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves as the president of Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Prior to coming to Heritage, Rick served as a pastor in California and Ontario. He has been a plenary and seminar presenter for Billy Graham's School of Evangelism and is a master coach for the Global Proclamation Academy in Dallas, Texas with REACH ministries.


Preachers like me need their hearts tested and strengthened. I can't think of anyone I'd rather have as a mentor and guide through this process than Rick Reed. While he understands the need for careful exegesis and a clear, compelling outline, he knows that a preacher's biggest challenge is doing the heart work needed to preach a life-transforming sermon. There's so much helpful counsel in The Heart of the Preacher on everything from redeeming ambition to dealing with Blue Mondays to practicing soul care to making the most of Saturday nights. I plan to require this book for the preaching classes I teach. First, though, I need to read it again to prepare my heart for the task of proclaiming God's Word. --Steven D. Mathewson, pastor, Crosslife Evangelical Free Church (Libertyville, IL); Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Western Seminary (Portland, OR); author of The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative

"There are plenty of books to teach you how to prepare a sermon, but there are few books that will teach you how to prepare your heart to preach a sermon. Building out of a lifetime's experience, Rick Reed has addressed this extra level of mastery in preaching. Your heart is worth paying attention to, and so is this book." --Kenton C. Anderson, President and Professor of Homiletics, Northwest Baptist Seminary; author of Integrative Preaching

"In The Heart of the Preacher, Rick Reed comes alongside preachers to encourage and challenge them to reach their potential and fulfill their high calling. As you read this book you will benefit from Reed's wisdom, but more than that, you will encounter his heart--a heart that beats with grace and truth." --Jim L. Wilson, Professor of Leadership Formation and Doctor of Ministry Director, Gateway Seminary

"The Heart of the Preacher is as easy to read as it is hard to hear. With refreshing and unrelenting honesty, Rick Reed gifts those of us who preach with a disturbingly accurate MRI of our souls, and then helpfully guides us forward. Every pastor needs to buy this book. And give a copy to a colleague." --J. Kent Edwards, Professor of Preaching and Leadership, Talbot School of Theology; Founder/CEO, CrossTalk Global

"Speaking in a pastoral tone to today's preachers, Rick Reed helps identify, examine, and navigate the inner conflictedness of public ministry, which involves gaining a reputation while pointing to another--proclaiming boldly while making clear what is better and who is greater than the proclaimer. Reed fills a gaping hole in current homiletics literature on the spiritual dynamics of sermon preparation, and generously sprinkles practical hints on the mechanics of an effective sermon too. This book will be a required text in my course on spiritual preparation for preaching." --Ramesh Richard, President, Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Health (RREACH); Professor, Global Theological Engagement and Pastoral Ministries, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Henri Nouwen once said, 'If we don't have a hidden life with God, our public life for God cannot bear fruit.' This thoughtful book is a useful tool for encouraging and equipping preachers toward this end. I'm thankful for Rick Reed's desire to help develop healthy and sustainable ministers of the gospel." --Curtis Zackery, author of Soul Rest: Reclaim Your Life; Return to Sabbath