I like to read books on preaching and hermeneutics/exegesis. In fact – as a pastor I really should read at least one of each every year (and I usually do). This is for at least two reasons: I am not a very good preacher/exegete, and I should do everything to grow in these areas.
These days I picked up The Sacred Anointing: Preaching and the Spirit’s Anointing in the Life and Thought of Martyn Lloyd Jones. It is a great book which emphasizes the importance of “unction” – the necessity of Holy Spirit’s anointing for preaching.
What strikes me here (something that I like and totally agree with) is that Lloyd does not emphasize the manner/delivery of the sermon. He concentrates on the importance of the anointing (see also the quote from Spurgeon below).
Lloyd was meticulous in his study and preparation, but he also stressed the need for freedom in the pulpit: