"Susan Cartmell has written an incisive and personal account of her journey as a preacher, and reports on the discoveries she made along the way. The result is an analysis that will provide ministers important insight into the art of biblical preaching that challenges long-held suppositions on the use of the Common Lectionary. The analysis is accessible and relevant to all who care about the future of mainline Protestantism."
--Christopher Evans, Professor of the History of Christianity, Boston University School of Theology
"Even faithful Christians are often unfamiliar with the content of their own faith, and many have little time, other than Sunday morning, to remedy this. In this new book, Cartmell argues that the weekly lectionary no longer works to guide today's churchgoers; instead she suggests a new, thematic style of preaching that both teaches and engages people with the great themes and ethical imperatives of the faith. A must-read."
--Elizabeth Nordbeck, Moses Brown Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Andover Newton Theological School
"Do we follow the lectionary or follow Jesus? Cartmell's proposal--intuitive, biblically based, user-friendly thematic preaching--is good news for every pastor inclined toward the latter. Rejecting the narrative of a church in decline, Cartmell dares to reimagine Christian proclamation as interactive and inclusive, as tolerant and trenchant. UnCommon Preaching is both witness to congregational revitalization and impetus for different but similarly daring adventures in church reinvention."
--Gregory Mobley, Professor of Christian Bible, Andover Newton Theological School, author of The Return of the Chaos Monsters--and Other Backstories of the Bible
''Many in our culture are biblically illiterate, and lectionary preaching does not draw them into the kind of engagement with the Gospel that speaks to their very real hopes and fears. Susan Cartmell's book not only points to a creative alternative, but her proposed program for preaching comes from her own personal preaching ''road trip,'' seriously engaging with what she has seen and heard in a wide variety of worshipping communities.''
--Richard Mouw, Professor of Faith and Public Life and President Emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary