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Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness Paperback – June 27, 1994
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becoming a minister, (c) preparing to preach
through the book of Jonah and/or(d)make up any
combination of the preceding, this book should
be required reading for you.
As you read, prepare to be challenged ("The
religious leader is the most untrustworthy of
leaders: in no other station do we have so many
opportunities for pride, for covetousness, for
lust, or so many excellent disguises at hand to
keep such ignobility from being found out and
called to account." - page 15).
As you read, prepare to glean insights ("The
primary task, the pastor's primary task, is not
communication but communion." - page 192)
As you read, prepare to add substantially to your
quote file ("Prayer is the most deeply human action
in which we can engage. Behavior we have in common
with the animals. Thinking we have in common with
the angels. But prayer - the attentiveness and
responsiveness of the human being before God -
this is human." - page 111) As you read this book,
prepare to be shaped by it!
Reviewed by Darren Cronshaw
In Under the Unpredictable Plant, Eugene Peterson charts the subversive story of Jonah and how it can help pastors develop a spirituality adequate for their calling. He writes with personal honesty and with biblical insight, drawing on decades of pastoral ministry and thoughtful reflection on spiritual theology. I am encouraged by his pastoral heart beating through. His passion for seeing what God is doing in ordinary people and reading and teaching the Bible with awe is contagious. Yet he begins this book describing a pastoral crisis when he was 30 years old, ordained for 4 years, when he encountered a chasm between his faith and his vocation; his life as a Christian and as a pastor. In similar circumstances, many let go of their faith or of their vocation. Peterson determined to hang on to both. He did not want to merely hold on to his religious job, but retain the integrity of his calling as a pastor. He charts his prayerful journey into and out of the depths, following the subversive story of Jonah.
Buying passage to Tarshish
Jonah was my son Ben's favourite Bible story. We sang almost every second night: `Uh oh Jonah, you should've gone to Ninevah'. It's a story retold in Sunday Schools and dissected in theological colleges everywhere; the prototypical journey of the unwilling missionary. It also has lessons for pastors.
When Jonah is called to Ninevah, he responds by going - but in another direction towards Tarshish. Peterson comments Tarshish or any glamorous ministry can be a lie that draws pastors away from their calling.Read more ›
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As someone who is desiring to plant a church, this was a great book for me to read to open my eyes to the dangers that may lay ahead.Published 11 hours ago by Doug Cutting
One of my favorite gift books for those living in ordained ministry. Peterson captures the tug of ambiguity that can enervate pastors, as well as the beautiful promise that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathryn M. Ryan
a must read for every pastor!! Eugene Peterson is a briliant wordsmith!Published 2 months ago by Sarel Jacobus Schoeman
Stimulating and demands we look at life a little more different than we most often do. This book should be in every pastors reading list and LibraryPublished 3 months ago by Willy B.
Great book. I keep coming back to it to be refreshed. It also provided great background material to use for our VBS program on Jonah (we used the Veggietales Jonah movie in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I just finished reading this book. Wow! Thank you Eugene Peterson. It is a powerful book about the struggles and the blessings of pastoral ministry. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alan Johnson
This is a book that touches deep unknown places in one's heart... Which when investigated, demand an answer, require change...
Let God have His way
This book is filled with a differs way of thinking about the role of pastor. I feel this is a must read for those who lose their way as pastors. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thomas J. Evans