Book Review: Preaching and Preachers 40th Anniversary Edition

The greatest text I have ever read on the topic of preaching, apart from the bible, is Preaching and Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.  The book has a timeless quality that has allowed it to remain relevant and powerful for 40 yrs.  In fact, most of the preachers that you benefit from have probably benefited from this work.  I don’t think that it would be a stretch to say that it is the most important work on preaching since it was written.  This is why Zondervan has recently come out with a 40th Anniversary edition of this great work. 

The new edition includes several new features to honor this work and its author.  Edited by Kevin DeYoung, the new edition includes essays from:

  • Ligon Duncan
  • Bryan Chapell
  • Mark Dever
  • Tim Keller
  • John Piper
  • Kevin DeYoung

In addition to the essays DeYoung has also provided headings within the chapters to help readers follow the logic of the material.

The original text doesn’t need me to review it or point it out.  It stands alone.  However, I thought the new features of this new edition were worth pointing out.  The new features of this edition that I have mentioned already seem to serve two purposes:

  1. Make the logic of the book a little easier to follow
  2. Honor the book and its author

There is, however, a downside to the new features. If one is not careful they can almost get in the way and disturb the flow of the book.  This might have been prevented if the essays were placed together in the appendices.  But with the essays interspersed between chapters I found myself a bit distracted by the interruption.  A feeling I also had in some of the places where sub-headings were provided within the chapter (sub-headings that in many cases used different language than Lloyd-Jones used).

In the end, I am glad the Lloyd-Jones and this book were honored in this way and if you have read this classic before then the new edition is a good excuse to re-read it (if you’ve never read it before I would read the original edition first).