What can someone from 1592 say about preaching that would be relevant to someone who preaches in 2016? Quite a lot, actually!
William Perkins (1558-1602), a preacher at Great St. Andrews church in London, was concerned about the poor quality of preaching in English churches. As a result, he wrote this book to counteract that trend and, at the same time, give instruction in good preaching (which he called prophesying). There are two main sections in The Art of Prophesying: Preaching itself and the call to ministry.
Overall, I found this book to be very edifying. It’s a good reminder of the basics of preaching and the preparation required, both exegetical and personal. The Art of Prophesying is a encouragement to me to continue using what came to be known as Perkins’ style of preaching: “read and explain.” This book would be helpful to those who don’t preach regularly, also, because it shows you what to look for in a preacher and a sermon. Tolle lege!