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Speaking from Within

Biblical Approaches for Effective Preaching

Author(s): Kieran J. O'Mahony

ISBN13: 9781847306548

ISBN10: 1847306543

Publisher: Veritas Publications (18 August 2016)

Extent: 127 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 21 x 14 x 1cm

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  • A good homily not only engages listeners but demonstrates the speaker’s keen understanding of scripture and its enduring relevance for Christians today. An effective preacher is someone who understands the complex and ultimately rewarding nature of this challenge and strives to communicate core scriptural values in a way that is clear and concise but never simplistic.


    In Speaking from Within, Kieran J. O’ Mahony explores ways in which homilists can improve and develop their skills by engaging, first and foremost, in prayerful self-reflection, because ‘only from within that personal encounter can we hope that a word of life will be spoken’. The book also focuses on the integral place of the lectionary to preachers, before underscoring how a sincere and attentive reading of the scriptures is key to writing an effective, meaningful homily.


    Speaking from Within will inspire not only all who preach, but also those who pass on their faith in any way.

  • Kieran J. O'Mahony

    Dr Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA is an Augustinian friar and a biblical scholar, who lectured for more than twenty years in the Milltown Institute of  Theology and Philosophy, Dublin. Academically, his research interests include St Paul, the historical Jesus, and the Resurrection. Among his publications are Do We Still Need St Paul? and What Does the Bible Say About the Stranger? He is a regular contributor to Scripture in Church and Doctrine and Life. He now works for the Archdiocese of Dublin as Coordinator of Biblical Studies. To see his current projects and publications, visit

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