Here is a book that will be a boon to preachers of all ages. It is addressed to the young minister but there are few older men who would not profit by it. Good preaching is rare nowadays, largely because seminaries think it is a gift and cannot be taught. Their courses are inadequate and the students go out discouraged to do good works and lull congregations to sleep with boring sermons. Dr. Blackwood tells them how to plan the sermon, pick their material, how to enjoy preparing and preaching it, where to place the emphasis, etc. He suggests hobbies to enrich the intellectual life, fills his book with quotations and illustrations from Spurgeon, Beecher, Baker, etc.