Not only does Stephen Vincent DeLeers provide sound and helpful counsel for the building of good homilies, he also passionately and effectively communicates the urgency of preaching a living Word for God's people.
Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Steven Vincent DeLeers clearly understands the challenges facing Catholic preaching some forty years after the Second Vatican Council.
Catholic Books Review
A mosaic window of insights, understanding, and helpful practices, whether for the preacher who stands inside the homiletic moment or for the believer who sits in the pew with eyes and ears of faith.
Joseph J. Juknialis, Homiletic faculty, Saint Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, WI
DeLeers' guidance through over thirty years of church documents leads preachers to a renewed awareness of the dignity and importance of the Sunday homily. The vision found here leads to a practical approach to preaching, holding up a profile of the homily as personal, liturgical, clear, inculturated, and actualizing. This study is informative and transformative for both those with preaching experience and those beginning to preach, for Catholics, Protestants, and all other traditions that preach the word of God. Add this book to your preacher's library.
James A. Wallace, CSsR, professor of Homiletics at Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C. Author of Preaching to the Hungers of the Heart (Liturgical Press, 2002)
The book is well researched, insightful in its approach, and easily read. Though it is specifically meant for preachers, anyone involved in liturgical ministry or interested in developing a liturgical spirituality will find it very helpful.
The Bible Today
Stephen Vincent DeLeers is the international sleuth nonpareil when it comes to piecing together a Roman Catholic vision of homiletic preaching from over seventy-five magisterial documents since Vatican Council II. He spells out an acronym of five recurring characteristicsthe homily as Personal, Liturgical, Inculturated, Clarifying, and Actualizing (PLICA)and expands each characteristic in practical terms for preaching preparation and delivery. The founder of BetterPreaching.org has captured for preachers, liturgists, and church historians an integrated Catholic vision of the practice of Sunday preaching.
Gregory Heille, O.P., Director, Doctor of Ministry in Preaching, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri
This book should be in the library of every preacher.
Catholic Library World
Seminarians, Catholic clergy, and those charged with liturgical preaching in Catholic communities of faith will find helpful guidance in preparing homilies preached in the context festivals and `occasional services' as well as the Lord's Day Eucharist.
Catholic Books Review
Offers preachers a book that is personal, inculturated, clear, and, one that will activate the reader to prepare sermons that are, indeed the `living Word of God.'
With a great deal of keenness Stephen DeLeers has cut through the often dense thicket of forty years of Catholic magisterial pronouncements to describe the Church's developing theology of Sunday preaching. I find this work both theologically challenging, professionally fascinating and immensely practical. For that reason I wholeheartedly recommend the work for novices and veterans alike.
Bishop Richard J. Sklba
This book will prove to be a worthy resource for those wishing to understand, claim, or reclaim the heritage of preaching in the Catholic Church. It provides a sound, helpful framework for the contemporary practice of preaching while remaining rooted in scripture and tradition.
Dr. Richard Stern, Associate Professor of Homiletics, Saint Meinrad School of Theology
From documents to process, from routine to reflection, the book offers a wide variety of help in the craft of creating homilies, as well as 10 suggestions to help the preacher be a better homilist-no matter how good he already is. He specifically encourages us to call upon five characteristics-personal, liturgical, inculturated, clarifying and actualizing-for a homily.