There are many books about the nature and practice of preaching, and far too many seem only to underscore the obvious. This one, however, written by Dr. Thomas H. Keir, minister of St. Cuthberd's Parish Church, Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland is refreshingly different. is about preaching and its setting in Common Worship. Dr. Keir speaks to and from the historic tradition of the Reformed Churches, but he has a lively sense of the liturgy as the work of worship done by the people who hear the word of God proclaimed, not only in the sermon but there because of its right relationship with worship and sacrament. The necessary theological basis of preaching if the Word is to be heard is made clear,- the kind of proclamation which demands and receives a response from the people. The book is filled with apt illustrations, and an abundance of flash exegesis of certain Bible passages which make the whole task of preaching glow with new light. Protestant preachers of all sorts and conditions will rediscover the ""word"" in this small book, and therefore preach it the better.