Author: Fr Bill Bausch
6 X 9" -- 344 pages
Effective preachers know that the best homilies come from stories. Humorous or sad, powerful or simple, factual or fictional, a good story can breathe life into a homily.
As Fr. Bill Bausch says, telling stories can help preachers recapture the original “wow” of the gospel. In his newest collection of more than 70 masterful homilies, Fr. Bill is at his storytelling finest, seamlessly weaving timely, intriguing stories into Gospel truths. From “Bill Barth and the Little Tin Box” to “iPod and I, God,” Bill spreads his usual wisdom and humor into every liturgical season and cycle from Advent through Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time. Fans of Fr. Bill will find plenty of material for feast days, funerals, holidays, and the current issues of our day. Each homily can be adapted to suit any preaching style or faith community.
Fr. Bill also includes a generous supply of suggestions and tips for delivering homilies that resonate deeply. They’re perfect for priests, deacons, lay ministers, teachers, RCIA groups, and anyone who wants to explore Scripture more deeply and apply it to daily living.
William J. Bausch, a priest of the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, is the bestselling author of numerous books, including The Yellow Brick Road and A World of Stories for Preachers and Teachers. His latest book is An Anthologyof Saints…Official, Unofficial, and Should be Saints.
Rev. William J. Bausch is a parish priest of the diocese of Trenton, New Jersey. He is the award-winning author of numerous books on parish ministry, the sacraments, Church history, storytelling, and homiletics. His book, Traditions, Tensions, Transitions in Ministry received an honorable mention in 1983 from the Catholic Press Association; Storytelling: Imagination and Faith was awarded second place in 1985 for best pastoral work; The Total Parish Manual won first place in 1995; Brave New Church won first place in 2002; and Once Upon a Gospel won third place in 2009.
He was awarded the President’s Award in 1996 from the National Federation of Priests’ Councils for Parish Leadership, the Catholic Library Association’s Aggiornamento Award for Notable Contribution to Parish Life in 2004 and the Walter J. Burghardt, S. J. Preaching award in 2008 for his contribution to Catholic preaching. He has lectured and given workshops at such colleges and universities as Notre Dame; Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Connecticut; Boston College; Charles Carroll in Cleveland; and in most U.S. dioceses as well as abroad. His latest book is The Story Revealed, a book of homilies.
First and foremost, however, though retired from the pastorate, he remains happily engaged in his first love: being a parish priest active in assisting at three parishes, writing, and giving lectures and retreats.