I first read "Pastoring the Pastor" for a pastoral intern study group and really loved it and grew from reading it.
The format is a series of emails between a rookie pastor (Daniel) and his veteran-pastor uncle Eldon. Fresh out of seminary, Daniel entered the pastorate into a church that had trouble holding onto pastors. Immediately problems surface for Daniel, exposing his naivety and the unrealistic expectations he had entering the pastorate.
He pleads for wisdom and counsel from his uncle in an email and starts a great mentoring relationship with his seasoned uncle which we observe over the course of the whole book.
Strengths of this book: -Character development. The authors do a great job developing characters and showing common personalities existing in many churches. -Humor. I found myself laughing out loud several times reading this book. I don't want to spoil anything, so you'll have to read it yourself. -Realistic showcasing of struggles of a pastor and struggles of his church -It is an interesting story that teaches lessons and ministry principles powerfully. -Format. It has an addicting format. Emails range from a quick note to a few pages long, which led me to keep saying, `Maybe I'll read just one more email!'
Weaknesses: -Nothing. The only thing I was disappointed with is the fact that it had to end!
I would highly recommend this book for anyone going into the pastorate. It is a must read for those in seminary or going into the ministry.