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"This account gives us valuable insight into the life of a man who accepted the challenges of ministry with both integrity and grace, and into the life of a Protestant pastor in French Quebec. A powerful reminder that there are no little places if we are faithful to the God who called us."
—Erwin W. Lutzer, Senior Pastor, The Moody Church, Chicago, IL
"How can the application of a Bible-saturated mind (Don's) to a Bible-saturated life (Tom's) produce an even more helpful story to encourage pastors? Let the 'mind' be carried on a river of love because the 'life' is his father's. Then add a kind of narrative creativity. That's how."
—John Piper, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary
"A rare and precious gift from one of evangelicalism's greatest scholars. How generous of Dr. Carson to bequeath his father's quiet legacy to us all."
—C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
"Carson strikes at the heart of what's wrong when we forget that, as servants, we were meant to live ordinarily under the gospel of grace. Read this book. You will be deeply encouraged in your life and ministry."
—Michel Lemaire, Pastor of Eglise Baptiste de la Foi, Drummondville, 1984-2005
"This personal testimony is a healthy reminder of heavenly priorities in the pastorate and Christian ministry."
—Pierre Constant, Associate Pastor, Eglise Baptiste Montclair de Hull, 1982-1997
"Read this book and be strengthened. You hold in your hands history, humor, and an amazing amount of wisdom for the Christian life (especially for pastors!)."
—Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks
D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is president of The Gospel Coalition, and has written or edited nearly 60 books including Scandalous, Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor, and The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.
For one who has struggled, as a young pastor, with the evangelical 'celebrity' pastor culture and a desire to simply be a faithful, ordinary pastor this book is a gift! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew Armstrong
Don Carson has really honored his father with this great book. This lovely and heartwarming account of the life and ministry of Tom Carson will be a great inspiration and challenge... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel Presland
Is an ordinary pastor too. I want to follow men who followed Him faithfully without acclaim and earthly recognition. Read morePublished 5 months ago by cbcportugal
This book radically changed how I look at ministry and the conviction and discipline it takes to finish strong. Read morePublished 8 months ago by xthao
In a day and age of celebrity pastors and big-church pragmatism, this book is soup for the shepherding soul. Read morePublished 8 months ago by lightrules
We owe a great debt to Don Carson for taking the time from his scholarly work to publish this book based on the life of his father, Tom Carson. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Randy McLendon
This book is destined to be a classic, especially among pastors. I would say that you ought to drop whatever you're reading, grab this 160-page book and read it with pen in hand. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Andrew Gilmore
I liked it very much. I don't like the requiement the I need to have a number of words to complete this review. Pain in the but.Published 19 months ago by Timothy J. Huffman
Tom Carson was more missionary than "ordinary pastor," but the implication of the term--that Carson was unheralded in his own lifetime--is certainly correct. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Anson Cassel Mills