Speaking clearly and generously from an evangelical perspective, Blayne Banting has written a thoughtful, and thought-provoking book on biblical preaching. The sections on textual analysis and interpretation are deeply refreshing and worth the price of the book alone. Thomas G. Long, Ph.D. Bandy Professor of Preaching Candler School of Theology Emory University Blayne Banting has provided a needed, focused treatment of the foundational segment of the preaching task. He has insightfully explored the movement from text to sermon outline. With a concise treatment of the motives and theology of preaching, he has helpfully clarified the movement from the biblical text to the sermon focus (dominant thought) and structure. He concludes with two valuable appendices (sermon forms and textual forms). Chuck Sackett, D.Min. Past-President of the Evangelical Homiletics Society Having joyfully worked alongside Dr. Banting as a colleague, having sat under his faithful preaching, and now having read his engaging homiletic primer, I can testify that Take Up and Read offers a welcome balance on both the theology and practice of preaching. Banting's creative appropriation of the "Bridge" metaphor keeps both biblical and contemporary contexts firmly in mind during the preparation of the sermon. I can only hope that many copies of this book will eventually become dog-eared from continual use and find their place of honor on the desks of many aspiring and experienced preachers alike. David Guretzki, Ph.D. Dean of the Seminary, Associate Professor of Theology Briercrest College and Seminary Blayne Banting, D.Min., Ph.D. is pastor of Caronport Community Church in Caronport, SK as well as an adjunct professor at Briercrest College and Seminary. Dr. Banting is married to Peggy and they have four children.