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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.
Much like The Art of Pastoring, I found this helpful, instructive and enjoyable. A breath of fresh air on this topic in a climate of empire-building.Published 9 days ago by Sanders
The Pastor: A Memoir (2012) by Eugene Peterson is a remarkable book, full of wisdom and beauty. Undoubtedly, Peterson is a storyteller, one who draws the reader into his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Kanz
This book was required reading for my job, and I really enjoyed it. Peterson has a way of telling a story and weaving truth in throughout. Read morePublished 2 months ago by KelseyK
Here is honesty, integrity, and joy shared for those who seek after faith. May we be blessed with others who are so honest!Published 2 months ago by Karen Hosch
This book was great! I was introduced to Eugene Peterson from my Mentor Dr. E. Dewey Smith. He loves the Message Bible. Me and my wife started our CHURCH May 17th 2015. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have enjoyed all of Peterson's books but this one hit me deeply. After pastoring for many years and now writing/speaking about pastoring, I want every pastor, staff member,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chris Maxwell