Deep Preaching: Creating Sermons that Go Beyond the Superficial a book by J. Kent Edwards. Recommended by Andy Spradley. “A relatively short, very readable and practical guide to preaching. Includes not only good principles of exegesis/communication/oratory but also some vital ways the preacher can prepare his own heart before God. A great resource for anyone involved in preaching or training others to preach. The “deep” part is about making sure sermons touch the hearers (and the preacher) at a deep heart level.”
Biblical Preaching, by Haddon Robinson. This is the standard textbook for introductory preaching classes. It offers easy-to-understand instruction on how to express the main idea of a passage clearly, and the different ways to develop it in planning a sermon. This is a good first resource for anyone learning to preach.
Invitation to Biblical Preaching, by Donald R. Sunukjian.This book would be a good 2nd book to read after Haddon Robinson's Biblical Preaching. It has some of the same material, but includes more detailed creative ideas for applying truth and communicating in an engaging and precise manner, as well as descriptions of different kinds of sermons.
Between Two Worlds by John Stott. This is a modern classic on preaching by one of the best evangelical preachers in the last 50 years. Stott covers issues such as “The Glory of Preaching,” “contemporary Objections to Preaching, ” “Theological Foundationsfor Preaching, ” “Preaching as Bridge-building,” “Preparing Sermons.” A Summary of the last topic is available herehttps://www.xenos.org/essays/stott-preparing-sermons
Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God's Word and Keep People Awake by Gary Millar and Phil Campbell. I have to admit I bought this book because of the intriguing tiitle. Yet, it is a helpful book on developing biblical sermons that relate to people. The authors advocate developing a network for critiquing one anothers' sermons.
Putting the Truth to Work:The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application By Daniel M. Doriani. The author develops application around four questions:“1. What should I do? That is, what is my duty? 2. Who should I be? That is, how can I become the person or obtain the character that lets me do what is right? 3. To what should we devote our life energy? That is, what goals should we pursue? 4. How can we distinguish truth from error? That is, how can we gain discernment?” -98. He moves from theory to practice giving lots of helpful examples.