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Carol Stream, IL February 17, 2012 -, a ministry of Christianity Today, announced the winners of its annual Preaching Book Awards. names preaching books of the year in two categories: one focused on the preacher's skills and the other on the preacher's soul.

This year's winner of the skills category is Engaging Exposition, written by Daniel L. Akin, Bill Curtis, and Stephen Rummage, and published by B&H Academic. David Allen, dean of the school of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, raves, "This book has the best overall discussion that covers the landscape of expository preaching, regardless of genre, that would help any pastor regardless of experience level." Honorable mention in the skills category goes to The Beginning and End of Wisdom: Preaching Christ from the First and Last Chapters of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job, author Douglas Sean O'Donnell, published by Crossway.

In the soul category, the winner is Folly, Grace, and Power, author John Koessler, published by Zondervan Publishing. A strong second in this category is The Pastor by Eugene H. Peterson, published by HarperCollins.

The award winners were chosen by votes from two preaching experts and the editors of

The article announcing the awards can be found here. is dedicated to inspiring preachers and elevating the level of preaching in the English-speaking world. is a subscription site that posts over 360 illustrations in its searchable database each year, as well as preaching articles, sermons and sermon series, and audio sermons.

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