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In The Pastor, Eugene H. Peterson, the translator of the multimillion-selling The Message and the author of more than thirty books, offers his life story as one answer to the surprisingly neglected question: What does it mean to be a pastor?
When Peterson was asked by his denomination to begin a new church in Bel Air, Maryland, he surprised himself by saying yes. And so was born Christ Our King Presbyterian Church. But Peterson quickly learned that he was not exactly sure what a pastor should do. He had met many ministers in his life, from his Pentecostal upbringing in Montana to his seminary days in New York, and he admired only a few. He knew that the job's demands would drown him unless he figured out what the essence of the job really was. Thus began a thirty-year journey into the heart of this uncommon vocation—the pastorate.
The Pastor steers away from abstractions, offering instead a beautiful rendering of a life tied to the physical world—the land, the holy space, the people—shaping Peterson's pastoral vocation as well as his faith. He takes on church marketing, mega pastors, and the church's too-cozy relationship to American glitz and consumerism to present a simple, faith-filled job description of what being a pastor means today. In the end, Peterson discovered that being a pastor boiled down to "paying attention and calling attention to 'what is going on right now' between men and women, with each other and with God." The Pastor is destined to become a classic statement on the contemporary trials, joys, and meaning of this ancient vocation.
Pastor Eugene hit a homerun on this one! Candid reflections of pastoral ministry are a invaluable tool for post-seminaries.Published 8 days ago by ManofGod
If you are a pastor or feel you are called to pastor read this book.Published 9 days ago by Robert O. K
This honest book by Eugene Peterson spoke deeply to my soul. I appreciate his countercultural approach to the role of a Pastor. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mr. Daniel C. Johnson
Every Pastor in America could benefit from this "read." Retirement in Montana has blessed this elder gentleman as he continues to be a positive influence in our lives and... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent, easy read. Full of real-life challenges of a pastor!!!Published 14 days ago by Kenneth Bond
Great memoir. It got a bit long, but I loved the stories of his childhood and his mother.Published 1 month ago by Tammy Lashway
Peterson does an excellent job sharing his story and pilgrimage as a pastor . The pilgrimage he was on shaped who he was as a believer and a pastor. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barrylong
Peterson's memoir is as always thought provoking. Contemplating his journey made me contemplate mine.Published 2 months ago by Richard Taylor