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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.
I should have bought the hard-copy version of this book because I did so much underlining and highlighting that I'll need to sort through the Kindle version again and again. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jeanne M. Halsey
Awesome work! This is definitely a great resource from one of the great minds of this generation. Recommended for everyonePublished 15 days ago by mitman83
Eugene Peterson never saw himself as a pastor till he found himself pastoring. This is a great memoir of coming into his gifting.Published 29 days ago by Adrian K. Riner
This is perhaps the only book I've read on the vocation of pastoral ministry that made me feel as though there was something noble in it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sharad S. Yadav
I enjoyed Peterson's reflections on his years of ministry and could relate to many of the experiences he had. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ivan G. Corbin
As I have been following God's path (including the decisions it seems I made on my own accord), into my vocation as pastor, I have been able to look back as Eugene did and realize... Read morePublished 1 month ago by matt
The writer is deep but understandable, honest but fair! While any follower of Christ will be challenged by it, pastors will be both encouraged and provoked!Published 1 month ago by Dan R. Francis
A must read for those seeking to serve in the pastorate. Peterson does a wonderful job connecting his points through narrative. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul Fritz