Ruth Graham wrote a book several years ago entitled In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart (Zondervan). Those who have preached for any length of time know the pain and brokenness that can be found in any congregation, and we understand that our preaching can apply God’s Word as a salve to heal hurting people. James Merritt’s newest book is 9 Ways to Hold On When You Want to Give Up (Harvest House), and in it he draws on biblical truth to offer counsel about facing life’s challenging times. This will be a good book to share with those who are hurting, and could prompt an excellent sermon series.

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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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