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Conversations with Benjamin


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Martha Brune Rapp is a preacher, spiritual director, and hospital chaplain who works with patients in behavioral medicine programs. Called to ministry after a long career in corporate marketing communications, she holds a DMin in preaching and a certificate in spiritual direction. This is her first book.


"With wisdom, clarity, and imagination, Martha Brune Rapp weaves a seamless fabric of preaching theology and practice for her readers. Part Socratic dialogue and part storytelling, Conversations with Benjamin offers a thoughtful exploration of who the preacher is and what skillful preaching does. Dr. Rapp's insights are fresh and encouraging--good news for today's preachers and other ministers of God's word."

--Deborah Wilhelm, coauthor of Preaching Matters: A Praxis for Preachers, and codirector, Delaplane Preaching Scholars, Aquinas Institute of Theology

"Spiritual director and preaching guru Martha Rapp tells the story of young Fr. Benjamin and his painful sense of burden, ineffectiveness, and self-doubt in the pulpit. Benjamin finds healing for his preacher's dis-ease when he meets a divinely-sent teacher and embarks on a mountaintop experience of courageous trust in God, himself, and his people. He learns that preaching is a love story and an all-encompassing invitation to health and healing."

--Gregory Heille, OP, Professor of Preaching and Evangelization, Aquinas Institute of Theology

"This book is a delight to read and a homiletical jewel. Engaging and sagacious, Conversations with Benjamin holds a unique place in preaching literature: a novella! Within its candid pages you will discover both Sophia-light and spiritual direction. Wherever you are in your pilgrimage of preaching, newly minted or weary-worn, this book will prove a wonderful companion, faithfully guiding and nourishing your vocation as preacher."

--Kay Lynn Northcutt, formerly the Fred B. Craddock Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship, Phillips Theological Seminary

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