In relation to the thread I began on preaching styles, I want to ask another question. We would probably all agree that if we were to go into a preacher's library we know at least some measure of what his sermon might be like. We wouldn't know if he were loud or quiet etc., but we would know the way he would approach the sermon on a text. For an interesting survey fellow preachers, what kinds of reading would you do in preparation? In explaining you might use a series that you are preaching right now. (Perhaps this should be on the book forum but that seems more dedicated to pleasure reading as opposed to reading for sermon preparation). As for me, I'm preaching on Ruth. I'm 3 sermons into it (1:1-5; 1:6-14; 1:15-18). Besides 1 volume commentaries on the whole Bible or the OT, I begin with Keil & Del., EBC, the old volume in the Exp. Bible, Tyndale's com. on Ruth by Leon Morris. This followed by NIC volume by Hubbard, WBC by Bush, NAC by Block, and BST by Atkinson. Now it's time for the smaller devotional stuff--Ridout, Dehaan, Boone, Gardiner, McGee, Moorhouse, Mauro, and F. C. Jennings. From there I go to Cyril Barber, Willaim Taylor, George Lawson and the delightful volume by Samuel Cox. Next I check my sermon book collection--particularly Spurgeon (wish I had all of his), Alexander MacLaren, George Morrison. Finally I scan my Biblical Illustrator, Preachers Homiletic Comm., and Pulpit Commentary for a few final hints. When entering a new book study, I value Cyril Barber and Spurgeon's recommendations the most (though it's hard to get some titles that Spurgeon lists). To me the best expository preaching ever done was by Maclaren. I'd like to preach something like him though I fall far short of it. Anyone else willing to share how you do it?