In 1869, Charles Haddon Spurgeon published Lectures to My Students. The book is packed with preaching helps and anecdotes that pastors have benefited from for almost one hundred and fifty years. Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, takes a play out of Spurgeon’s playbook in his recent book, Letters to My Students.

The first in a series of books addresses the subject of preaching and is arranged in three sections: 1) Preparing to Be a Preacher, 2) Preparing Your Sermon, and 3) Growing in Your Preaching

The great advantage of Dr. Allen’s book is that it contains a wealth of practical instruction for beginning preachers and veterans alike. While the book is introductory in nature, it does a good job holding the attention of experienced preachers. Frankly, much of the basic material is necessary review for men who have stood in the pulpit for most of their adult lives.

I’m eager to see Letters to My Students reach the next generation of preachers for Christ and build up men who have been serving for some time.