Like other books in the Basics of Ministry Series, Guide for Lectors begins by looking at the role of proclaimers of the word throughout history, from Jewish-Christian tradition and the early church until after Vatican II. This historical background is followed by key insights into enhancing the proclamation skills of lectors and gospel readers. Practical tips on preparation (pronunciation, vocal variety, rhythm, pace and volume) are combined with actual lectionary texts, with commentary, for the reader to try. Clear descriptions of scriptural language and the different types of literature found in the Bible will help all readers to get a better sense for the readings they will proclaim. The final section of the book takes a look at the awesome responsibility of the reader and relationship between the proclaimer and the word. By Aelred Rosser, OSB.