Of course, speaking and helping are not mutually exclusive; they just summarize the books I’m reading today.
Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones fulfills my goal of reading a book on preaching every year. The first 1/3 of the book is a parable in which a pastor discovers the reasons his preaching has been boring. The rest of the book articulates seven imperatives for effective communication. It’s easy to dismiss Stanley as too simplistic, but his communication obviously impacts people. He leads an exciting church in Atlanta, his teaching videos are used widely, and people read his books.
The Helping Interview by Alfred Benjamin is an old book about the basics of counseling. And I mean as basic as “Will the room you use make your client want to share?” I appreciate this book for sharing principles of dialogue that enrich all kinds of conversations.