She was on tour in this country this month, bringing with her a reputation as a gifted preacher.
Her first book, The Preaching Life, includes a powerful defence of preaching as a form of communication
No other modern public speaker does what the preacher tries to do. The trial attorney has glossy photographs and bagged evidence to hand out; the teacher has drawing boards and projectors; the politician has brass bands and media consultants.
All the preacher has is words. Climbing into the pulpit without props or sound effects the preacher speaks to people who are used to being communicated with in a very different ways.