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“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)

©2011 Eugene H. Peterson (P)2011 christianaudio.com

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A must read for pastors

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.

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Touched Me, Helped Me

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.

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The Pastor

What an eye opener in the life of a pastor. I believe every pastor and pastor to be should read this book. It gives great insight to the different challenges you will encounter as a pastor.

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The Story Of A Beautiful Life

The now late Eugene Peterson gave in this book a great record of a truly breathtaking and faithful legacy. I rate this book five stars, but I am blind and the app will not let me. This is a wonderful book to which I was first exposed by a fellow preacher, but recommend this book to any Christian poets, musicians, and theologians. #20thCenturyAmerica #Ministry #Breathtaking #Inspiring #TearJerker #TagsGiving #Sweepstakes

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Exceptional

Eugene Peterson's memoirs of his formation and life as a pastor are a beautiful testimony to a well discerned way of being congregation and pastor. A rare gift and well worth the read either by audio or in print.

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Deserves a second listening

Eugene Peterson on being human, vocation, acquiring wisdom, the contemplative life, poetry. Deserves careful listening.

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A collection of inspirational memoirs

I'm not a pastor, but I am a pastor. Thank you Mr Peterson for your honest reflection on a life of being a pastor! Life is a journey and the problem with our journeys is that we don't remember them. We don't remember half of half of them. But you have done a great job of reflecting on your life. Through all the messiness God is working to bring glory to his name. Your reward is certain.

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Refreshing

Refreshing reminder of being a pastor in every field and profession as a believer in Christ.

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A great insight to being a pastor!

I loved this book and the narration. Unfortunately, all the S's really stuck out in the recording. Arthur More was beyond wonderful. I just wish the recording engineer would have caught it.

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encouraging

As a Pastor at midlife in transition between churches I found this to be especially meaningful and encouraging as I rethink through my call.

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Encouragement to be “just a pastor”!

This is a good quality audio book version of Eugene Peterson’s Memoir. Starting out in ministry this book offers guidance to stay with vocation and God at the expense of strategies and job- a common temptation clergy fall into when the role seems arid.
I would encourage new clergy and even those who read Eugene in the past to visit and revisit this conversation with him during your own ministry.

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