Backstory Preaching: Integrating Life, Spirituality, and Craft

By Lisa Cressman

Transform Your Preaching LIfe


This is no mere prescription to heal what ails the preacher’s performance. Cressman invites nothing less than the renewal of the art of preaching in our time through the renewal of the preacher’s soul for the sake of the Gospel. Through the integration of one’s own life and spirituality into this vessel called a sermon, Cressman invites each reader and practitioner to discover that we ourselves are Good News.
— The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Author of The Jesus Heist: Recovering the Gospel from the Church

Craft Effective Sermons with More Joy & Less Stress

What if...

  • Instead of being a routine task on the checklist, sermon prep transformed you into the very word of God you preach?

  • Instead of being a drain, the process itself renewed you?

  • Instead of feeling inadequate to convey your message, you developed skills that made you confident to preach?

This Book shows you how.

By integrating your life and spirituality with the practical skills necessary for effective preaching, you can move beyond the boredom, stress, or insecurity of preaching so it is no longer you who preach but Christ who preaches in you.

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The result of working through this book will be a preacher with a renewed sense of call—and the skills to carry it out.
— Rev. Karoline M. Lewis, Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching
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Companion Workbook

Plant the ideas and skills taught in Backstory Preaching: Integrating Life, Spirituality, and Craft deep in your soul with this interactive workbook.

Downloadable and printable, the companion workbook is filled with exercises to help you reflect, plan, and make lasting, meaningful change.


This volume will be a great read for the individual preacher, a wonderful resource for clergy colleague groups, and an excellent addition to preaching classes in lay preacher training, Bible colleges, and seminaries.
— Ronald J. Allen, Professor of Preaching, and Gospels and Letters, Christian Theological Seminary

You Don't Have to Do this Alone

If you're looking for support on your path to becoming a better preacher, check out The Collective, an online preaching community dedicated to collaboration and growth.

Learn more about The Collective.