“If anyone knows how to be a pastor in the contemporary context that person is Eugene Peterson. Eugene possesses the rare combination of a pastor’s heart and a pastor’s art. Take and read!” (Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline)
“I’ve been nagging Eugene Peterson for years to write a memoir. In our clamorous, celebrity-driven, entertainment culture, his life and words convey a quiet whisper of sanity, authenticity, and, yes, holiness.” (Philip Yancey, author of What Good is God)
“A good book for folks who like pastors. And a good book for folks who don’t. The Pastor is the disarming tale of one of the unlikely suspects who has helped shape North American Christianity.” (Shane Claiborne author of The Irresistible Revolution)
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I love Eugene Peterson. I think he is a voice to this generation that is unmatched in its sense of understanding of scripture of a story that is intended to speak to the average person. This is his memoir of how he became a pastor and what he learned about being a pastor. He was a pastor of one church that he started for 29 years before he retired to work full time on the Message Bible. I have read a lot of books about being a pastor, my whole family is basically pastors, but this is the best book on being a pastor. If we could recover pastor as a role in the way that Peterson writes about it, the church would be very different.
This is my third reading of the book and it is just as good as the first.
My Dad was a Presbyterian pastor like the author and a part of me has always regretted nit following in his footsteps mire exactly. I still feel the heart of a pastor in me and this book spoke to that part of me. Though directed primarily to vocational pastors, I am encouraged in my non-vocational pastoral ministry to family, friends, co-workers and to those folks I meet each day. Thank you, Pastor Eugene.
Very honest and insightful! As a new pastor myself, I appreciated Peterson's inside look of the good the bad and the struggles of the pastoral vocation in America.
I am a pastor and found this encouraging and hopeful. Eugene's down to earth commentary on everyday life within the congregation provides a vision of a faithful life.
The Pastor was beautifully written in a way that captures the heart and the emotions of going through life as a pastor. Peterson displayed honesty and transparency as he stumbled his way through life. Through different stories of Peterson's life we are able to see the overall theme of being and remaining human no matter where we are in life, rather than rushing and professionalizing everything we do.
I enjoy audio books. One of my favorites "My Life In France" allows me to open any section anytime to become immersed in the joie de vivre!
Interesting to hear the pastor's perspective. In one of his pastoral books he mentioned hearing people come to thinking they had committed the most horrible of acts, when in reality we are not very imaginative and there are only about a dozen acts that pastors hear over and over.
No, I was hoping the book would include more of his personal life and challenges. This book stays focused on his career.
Eugene Peterson is a favorite of mine. Anything he writes will have intention and incite.
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