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In The Pastor, author Eugene Peterson, translator of the multimillion-selling The Message, tells the story of how he started Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland and his gradual discovery of what it really means to be a pastor. Steering away from abstractions, Peterson challenges conventional wisdom regarding church marketing, mega pastors, and the In The Pastor, author Eugene Peterson, translator of the multimillion-selling The Message, tells the story of how he started Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland and his gradual discovery of what it really means to be a pastor. Steering away from abstractions, Peterson challenges conventional wisdom regarding church marketing, mega pastors, and the church’s too-cozy relationship to American glitz and consumerism to present a simple, faith-based description of what being a minister means today. In the end, Peterson discovers that being a pastor boils down to “paying attention and calling attention to ‘what is going on now’ between men and women, with each other and with God.”


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In The Pastor, author Eugene Peterson, translator of the multimillion-selling The Message, tells the story of how he started Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland and his gradual discovery of what it really means to be a pastor. Steering away from abstractions, Peterson challenges conventional wisdom regarding church marketing, mega pastors, and the In The Pastor, author Eugene Peterson, translator of the multimillion-selling The Message, tells the story of how he started Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland and his gradual discovery of what it really means to be a pastor. Steering away from abstractions, Peterson challenges conventional wisdom regarding church marketing, mega pastors, and the church’s too-cozy relationship to American glitz and consumerism to present a simple, faith-based description of what being a minister means today. In the end, Peterson discovers that being a pastor boils down to “paying attention and calling attention to ‘what is going on now’ between men and women, with each other and with God.”

30 review for The Pastor: A Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Demetrius Rogers

    One of my favorite quotes is by Amos Bronson Alcott. He once said, "That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit." Well, I found a book that thoroughly meets that description. Although I had never read any of his stuff, I had heard that Eugene Peterson's books were excellent. The moment I heard of this one, I knew I had to pick it up, and boy, I'm glad I did. Peterson held me spell bound for the last couple of weeks. I am in the process of finishing up One of my favorite quotes is by Amos Bronson Alcott. He once said, "That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit." Well, I found a book that thoroughly meets that description. Although I had never read any of his stuff, I had heard that Eugene Peterson's books were excellent. The moment I heard of this one, I knew I had to pick it up, and boy, I'm glad I did. Peterson held me spell bound for the last couple of weeks. I am in the process of finishing up a seminary degree and prayerfully considering my future. One thing I know for sure (whatever happens)... I will be taking this man on my journey. Not only did Peterson write with such insight and seasoned experience, but his tone and demeanor is what struck in me some of the deepest chords. He is humble, unhurried, non-theatrical. He is not given to cliché and his answers come with texture and layers. He is extremely thoughtful and measured. Now, some of the greatest leaders I've been around in church life haven't always fit this description. Rather, they've been blazing bundles of energy and zeal. I was reared (like Peterson) within a Pentecostal context, where sermons were not crafted as much as anointed in an extemporaneous manner. Unction and spontaneity were usually practiced over and above careful exegesis and study. I wasn't sure that was quite me. But even more than that, it was the pastors schedule that seemed most conspicuous. Pastors seemed to go on very little sleep, they traveled much, kept budgets, raised money, built buildings, led meetings, solved problems, and then was expected to maintain a deep devotional life, and be an exemplary husband and father. Honestly, I've been around some pretty impressive people, but the thought of all that just made me tired. I have always wondered if my temperament could sustain such expectations. Then, I began to have concerns about conducting the typical personality-centered, program-heavy, and success-oriented church. Was that even me? Does is it have to be this way? Must I wear every hat in the house to be a good pastor? And so you can imagine my excitement as Peterson began addressing these issues one by one. With clarity and even elegance he went through and beautifully articulated a vision of the pastorate that looks human... that looks doable. One that's not so demanding and unrealistic. Much hope and wisdom was infused into my bones. I needed this read. It did my soul good. As I sat reading in my easy chair, it seemed that Peterson sat directly across from me. We had a great conversation; he talked mostly, I listened. It was close to poetry. If nothing else shimmering nuggets of wisdom. Thanks Eugene for the excellent talk. You've been an answer to prayer. (2011) --------- 5 years later... Listened to this on audio for a second time through. It felt a bit different this time. It felt slower than I remember. After reading nearly a dozen of his books, though, I'm realizing Peterson's a bit that way. So, it took me awhile to hit the nuggets this time. But, boy, let me tell ya, when Peterson starts hitting it there's no one better. I think he's the voice on pastoral ministry today. His prophetic insight is so good. Chapter 24 to the end of the book is worth going through time and time again. I do have one more tiny frustration with Peterson. He can be a bit indirect. For all his emphasis on being earthly and grounded, he can get rather lofty and abstract. But, I guess that's the poet in him. And I kind of like it. Peterson seems to put nothing out there; he gives you no tools, no concrete takeaways. Rather, he makes you grapple with his ideas because, I assume, he wants you to do your own thinking. Seldom do I read authors as intellectually satisfying and respectful to his readers as Peterson. One of my goals is to one day make it through his entire canon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    I can't say I've ever before considered the distinction between an autobiography and a memoir. But reading them simultaneously, I can see the difference and fell in love with memoir style. It's more heart than head, more process than fact. The only thing I really knew of Eugene Peterson before this book was his role in translating The Message. Through this book, I got a glimpse into the person and the process, the things that formed him and prepared the way. I love that he started on a path I can't say I've ever before considered the distinction between an autobiography and a memoir. But reading them simultaneously, I can see the difference and fell in love with memoir style. It's more heart than head, more process than fact. The only thing I really knew of Eugene Peterson before this book was his role in translating The Message. Through this book, I got a glimpse into the person and the process, the things that formed him and prepared the way. I love that he started on a path (never wanting to be a pastor) that he allowed God to change. It's not his profundity that makes this book great. I went through to look for good quotes, and the only ones I really loved were places he quoted other people. But this book is chock-full of concepts and issues he wrestled with. His normalcy captures me. He's a very down-to-earth guy I'd love to have as my own pastor. He invites the reader to join him as he reflects on issues he's wrestled with. He incorporates funny stories. I feel like an armchair theologian, engaged in his process as he explains what he's learned about Church and pastoring the hard way. I love how he constantly brings the "pastoral imagination" to the forefront as he reminisces what has shaped his own. In short, I feel so drawn in, seeing his pursuit of God and building a healthy church without personality, without politics, with reflectiveness, always asking the questions of himself and others as to what could make it better. This was a fabulous read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    I couldn't put this down. Peterson is such an approachable and compelling writer, but paradoxically, he has such prophetic insight and imagination. His message and call are far from comfortable, but they are communicated with such winsomeness and honesty that it is hard not be drawn in. This is a very unusual memoir - he's open - but keeps the focus very clear on ministry. This seems to me a brilliant solution to the problem of Christian autobiography. As such it is simply an extension of his I couldn't put this down. Peterson is such an approachable and compelling writer, but paradoxically, he has such prophetic insight and imagination. His message and call are far from comfortable, but they are communicated with such winsomeness and honesty that it is hard not be drawn in. This is a very unusual memoir - he's open - but keeps the focus very clear on ministry. This seems to me a brilliant solution to the problem of Christian autobiography. As such it is simply an extension of his role as a pastor, whereby he shared not only the gospel but his very life with those he serves in print.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Lewton

    Im thankful to have these words as a guide for pastors who get caught up in busy. Peterson is a kind of sage for American pastors who, as he writes, serve in churches that do business with God in the background. He tells his own story in a way that points to dangers and delights for the rest of us on a similar journey. I’m thankful to have these words as a guide for pastors who get caught up in busy. Peterson is a kind of sage for American pastors who, as he writes, serve in churches that do business with God in the background. He tells his own story in a way that points to dangers and delights for the rest of us on a similar journey.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Wilson

    This book is a refreshing reminder of what faith looks like when all the niceties are stripped away. Filled with many beautiful and encouraging stories, this memoire has revived in me a desire for silence, a resilience in times of trouble, and hopefulness for the future.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Georgia Herod

    A friend passed this book along to me because she was sure I'd enjoy it. As a pastor's wife for nearly 35 years, I've been immersed in the life and ministry of a pastor who has planted churches, as well as led in growing them in both numbers and spiritual maturity. I was eager to read Peterson's memoir because of my having known about other books he'd written and having read and used The Message, his translation of the Greek and Hebrew texts into everyday American English. I was not disappointed A friend passed this book along to me because she was sure I'd enjoy it. As a pastor's wife for nearly 35 years, I've been immersed in the life and ministry of a pastor who has planted churches, as well as led in growing them in both numbers and spiritual maturity. I was eager to read Peterson's memoir because of my having known about other books he'd written and having read and used The Message, his translation of the Greek and Hebrew texts into everyday American English. I was not disappointed in any way. With integrity, honesty, vulnerability, and transparency, Peterson shares his life and philosophy of ministry as he gives his answer to the question, “What does it mean to be a pastor?” His life is an “open book” as he shares his journey as a Christian and as a pastor. Peterson is a marvelous storyteller who immediately draws in the hearts and minds of his readers from the very first chapter. Beautifully written, filled with anecdotes from his life and his ministry, this memoir will help any reader (either the uninitiated or the dyed-in-the-wool lifelong church goer) gain a rich understanding of what it means to be a pastor, one who shepherds a congregation, large or small, one who desires to live the Christ life among his people.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Eason

    This was a fantastic look at the pastoral life and heart of a man who thoroughly immersed himself in the work of shepherding the flock. Petersons wit and imagination have helped form a view of the Bible that intersects with the daily grind of life in a unique way. I really enjoyed this book. This was a fantastic look at the pastoral life and heart of a man who thoroughly immersed himself in the work of shepherding the flock. Peterson’s wit and imagination have helped form a view of the Bible that intersects with the daily grind of life in a unique way. I really enjoyed this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Trent Thompson

    Eugene Peterson was one of our best. I was first introduced to Eugene when I read Eat This Book, a volume in his spiritual theology series, which I subsequently digested. A friend of mine called EP a poet-theologian thats about right. A couple themes stuck out to me this memoir. The first is vocation, that is, the kind of work God calls one to and equips one for. Eugene, as he details his formative moments chapter by chapter, shows how his vocation of pastor was gradually confirmed to him. At Eugene Peterson was one of our best. I was first introduced to Eugene when I read Eat This Book, a volume in his spiritual theology series, which I subsequently digested. A friend of mine called EP a poet-theologian — that’s about right. A couple themes stuck out to me this memoir. The first is vocation, that is, the kind of work God calls one to and equips one for. Eugene, as he details his formative moments chapter by chapter, shows how his vocation of pastor was gradually confirmed to him. At one point Eugene quotes Emily Dickinson: “The Truth must dazzle gradually / Or every man be blind.” Indeed. I think that speaks to our walking with God. Another theme Eugene touches upon is our tendency to reduce people to simple labels, simple explanations, simple functions. This is encapsulated brilliantly in his chapter, Uncle Sven, which alone is worth the price of the book. Four stars because I’m comparing the memoir to other books from EP that I’d recommend before the Pastor. Also, and I’ll give this more thought, Eugene’s writing sometimes came across as over-the-top, overly-indulgent. But perhaps that is a fault of the memoir genre itself.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brett Leyde

    Beautiful, a bit slow, but that is intentional. A few favorite quotes: My work assignment was to pay more attention to what God does than what I do, and then to find, and guide others to find, the daily, weekly, yearly rhythms that would get this awareness into our bones. "For me, my congregation would become a work-in-progressa novel in which everyone and everything is connected in a salvation story in which Jesus has the last word." "I wanted to counter the rampant American individualism, ice Beautiful, a bit slow, but that is intentional. A few favorite quotes: My “work” assignment was to pay more attention to what God does than what I do, and then to find, and guide others to find, the daily, weekly, yearly rhythms that would get this awareness into our bones. "For me, my congregation would become a work-in-progress—a novel in which everyone and everything is connected in a salvation story in which Jesus has the last word." "I wanted to counter the rampant American individualism, ice floes bouncing around on the surface of the water, “tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.” No—we are an iceberg, a church, and most of what makes us what is seen on Sunday as we move rhythmically and easily with one another, efficient and graceful in response to God, is invisible."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Weston Duke

    Peterson has become something of a mentor for me in the pastoral vocation, and in reading his memoir, I found even more personal affinities with him. His description of his journey as a pastor were tremendously helpful and encouraging to me, especially as I go through similar circumstances. Every pastor should read this book, and if any layperson wants to understand their pastor better, they should likewise take up and read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Beaty

    Had I read this book when I began ministry 20 years ago I would have either not gone into ministry or my last 20 years would have looked very different. Petersons deep, rich, and Spirit-empowered description of pastoral ministry is not what I was looking for starting out in ministry. He doesnt describe a role of positional importance or entrepreneurial challenge. Its not about achieving, earning, or excelling. The pastorate he describes is messy, anonymous, hard, and rewarded only when faithful. Had I read this book when I began ministry 20 years ago I would have either not gone into ministry or my last 20 years would have looked very different. Peterson’s deep, rich, and Spirit-empowered description of pastoral ministry is not what I was looking for starting out in ministry. He doesn’t describe a role of positional importance or entrepreneurial challenge. It’s not about achieving, earning, or excelling. The pastorate he describes is messy, anonymous, hard, and rewarded only when faithful. May we all have a pastor in our lives willing to do such work.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alex Stroshine

    3.5/5. I have only read one Eugene Peterson book (besides his short book of poems) previous to his 2011 memoir (that was "Under the Unpredictable Plant") but even so there were stretches where I had already read through the content featured in this book. Of course, this memoir is more of a culmination of Peterson's lifelong reflections of pastoral vocation (and the stories are great - especially about his jesting with his denomination's inattentive bureaucracy) and so some repetition is to be 3.5/5. I have only read one Eugene Peterson book (besides his short book of poems) previous to his 2011 memoir (that was "Under the Unpredictable Plant") but even so there were stretches where I had already read through the content featured in this book. Of course, this memoir is more of a culmination of Peterson's lifelong reflections of pastoral vocation (and the stories are great - especially about his jesting with his denomination's inattentive bureaucracy) and so some repetition is to be expected, but still! Otherwise this is a wise and whimsical memoir from one of the most thoughtful pastors of the last half-century. I appreciated Peterson's frequent rebukes of the (North) American Church's obsession with relevance, worship as consumerism, church growth and programming, etc...although part of me wonders if his wildly successful paraphrase of "The Message" is itself not partially a product of the American drive for innovation, freshness, and novelty? I did not realize the Peterson was only professor of spiritual theology at Regent College for five and a half years (and, being a student there now, I wish he had discussed this phase of his life more, though there he was more of a professor than a pastor)! Worth reading, but I found Richard Lischer's pastoral memoir "Open Secrets" to be better, more astute and more focused on the pastor's relationship to the congregation. There were sections where Peterson rambles...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    I recommend this to anyone who has a pastor or is a pastor - men, women, in association with a church or ministering to others in everyday ways. He quietly traces his life and what shaped him from boyhood to somewhere near the end of his journey. (I think he is in his 80s.) He shares both wisdom and pitfalls - teaching from both his head and his heart. I want to listen to pilgrims like Peterson - they lead us, cheer us, encourage us to keep on.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Ludema

    This is a wonderful book. As I read this, I thought, "Wow, Eugene GETS IT." I was inspired by his simplicity and humility that was beautifully conveyed through his storytelling ability. In a world of competition and continual striving for better, faster, stronger- especially in the world of ministry- this book was a breath of fresh air. It definitely lives up to the hype.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Zell

    I have benefited from several of Peterson's works over the years. His Message provides a different way of hearing the biblical text. His collections of sermons and his reflections on the pastoral practice are always thoughtful. I particularly appreciated his book with Marva Dawn, The Unnecessary Pastor. In his memoir, Peterson talks about how he came to become a pastor. He thought he was going to be a professor. And, he explains the many experiences that formed him as a pastor. He tells stories I have benefited from several of Peterson's works over the years. His Message provides a different way of hearing the biblical text. His collections of sermons and his reflections on the pastoral practice are always thoughtful. I particularly appreciated his book with Marva Dawn, The Unnecessary Pastor. In his memoir, Peterson talks about how he came to become a pastor. He thought he was going to be a professor. And, he explains the many experiences that formed him as a pastor. He tells stories from his childhood, seminary, and early years as a pastor. He was part of colleague groups that were instrumental in shaping his thought and ministry. A striking component of this memoir is his honesty. He did not always have the answers. He lost congregational members. He went through dry periods with the congregation and intellectually. He sought help from mentors. In the period of time that the church growth and worship as entertainment and the "church in mission" movements were gaining attention, Peterson was a consistent, reflective, rational voice for focusing on the basics of worship and community and for drinking from the deep well of tradition. A thoughtful and engaging read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dustin

    Eugene Petersens The Pastor is an eloquent memoir, describing his pastoral beginnings and his evolution over 50 years of ministry. It concludes with his reflection of what it all means. I especially appreciate his journey to becoming a pastor, from humble Montana beginnings to old, ivied campuses of the northeast to a Maryland church plant. I think these sections were his strongest. I could almost see him smiling through the pages. His descriptions of nature were vivid, his critiques of American Eugene Petersen’s The Pastor is an eloquent memoir, describing his pastoral beginnings and his evolution over 50 years of ministry. It concludes with his reflection of what it all means. I especially appreciate his journey to becoming a pastor, from humble Montana beginnings to old, ivied campuses of the northeast to a Maryland church plant. I think these sections were his strongest. I could almost see him smiling through the pages. His descriptions of nature were vivid, his critiques of American lust for crowds (and numbers in general) and consumerism especially wise. A few critiques of an otherwise excellent work: Petersen writes about working through a bit of a Messianic Complex. He wrote about it in a past tense, but I see it still. I also dislike how he describes people’s physical appearances, especially women, and how he puts down “menial work” (several times). Many of the chapters could stand alone as individual essays. Some transitions worked better than others. Overall worth reading, for pastors and parishioners alike.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I was curious to read this after finding out Eugene Peterson founded and pastored a church in my hometown. It was lovely to read of his journey of becoming a pastor and his heeding the call to do church in a counter-cultural way (even different than the churches of the time). I also loved his introspection after training with mental health professionals as an adjunct community counselor. He acknowledged that as a counselor he was encouraged to define someone with a label based off their I was curious to read this after finding out Eugene Peterson founded and pastored a church in my hometown. It was lovely to read of his journey of becoming a pastor and his heeding the call to do church in a counter-cultural way (even different than the churches of the time). I also loved his introspection after training with mental health professionals as an adjunct community counselor. He acknowledged that as a counselor he was encouraged to define someone with a label based off their behaviors which as a result leaves out how God views them and the potential for Gods work in and through them. Overall I did feel like the book could have been more succinct in parts. It was a bit repetitive and rambling in places. However, taken as a whole, it was a wonderful memoir and encourages the reader to heed the call of the Lord in his/her life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joel Wentz

    My favorite from Peterson (so far, and I have loved all of what I've read from him previously). This book is enthralling. At times poetic, mesmerizing, funny, surprising, and always deeply moving. Peterson was a gift to the American church, and his story is a prophetic, clarion call that stands in direct contrast to the hype, emotionalism, individualism, consumerism, triumphalism mindset that marks so much of the leadership in North American Christianity today. Want to understand what a pastor My favorite from Peterson (so far, and I have loved all of what I've read from him previously). This book is enthralling. At times poetic, mesmerizing, funny, surprising, and always deeply moving. Peterson was a gift to the American church, and his story is a prophetic, clarion call that stands in direct contrast to the hype, emotionalism, individualism, consumerism, triumphalism mindset that marks so much of the leadership in North American Christianity today. Want to understand what a pastor is (or should be)? Read this book. Confused about your own sense of call to pastoral work, or losing a desire that once compelled you into the work of ministry? Definitely, absolutely, read this book. It's a feast, and one that I'll be returning to again and again. I'm deeply grateful for Peterson's mentorship in my own life through his writing, and this is the pinnacle.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    When I was first a pastor I longed for an older, wiser pastor to invite me into his study for reflection of his life and vocation as well as his journey with Christ. Reading Petersens memoir I was sweetly reminded of that desire as that is the essence of this book. I entered looking for tips and answers and leave comfortable in the unknown of spiritual care for a congregation. The setting and time is different, maybe even the culture, but his experience felt like mine and it resonated with the When I was first a pastor I longed for an older, wiser pastor to invite me into his study for reflection of his life and vocation as well as his journey with Christ. Reading Petersen’s memoir I was sweetly reminded of that desire as that is the essence of this book. I entered looking for tips and answers and leave comfortable in the unknown of spiritual care for a congregation. The setting and time is different, maybe even the culture, but his experience felt like mine and it resonated with the compassion of deep care for people and their souls. This book is a treasure and for the church.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie Bowman

    Petersons writing is good for the soul!! Heres the irony I love about him: his unimpressiveness makes him impressive and refreshing. He has a special way of intertwining truth with beautiful, poetic writing; it is so fitting that he is known as a Poet Pastor. This memoir is about his time as a pastor describing the ups and downs of ministry in a candid yet hopeful way. I loved his stories because they were practical and powerful all at once. I wish every pastor would read and consider how Peterson’s writing is good for the soul!! Here’s the irony I love about him: his unimpressiveness makes him impressive and refreshing. He has a special way of intertwining truth with beautiful, poetic writing; it is so fitting that he is known as a Poet Pastor. This memoir is about his time as a pastor describing the ups and downs of ministry in a candid yet hopeful way. I loved his stories because they were practical and powerful all at once. I wish every pastor would read and consider how Peterson views shepherding God’s people: messy, patient, nontheatrical, mundane, unbusy, and very holy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Michael

    An enthrallingly beautiful memoir that strikes on a personal note for me during this time. Peterson learned how to love and pastor people quietly without fanfare. Im a young worship director learning how to do the same as my usual Sunday rhythms have been removed and my role has changed. During such uncertain times, I finished this book refreshed and deeply moved by the Holy Spirits work in Petersons quiet yet poetic life. I couldnt recommend this book highly enough! An enthrallingly beautiful memoir that strikes on a personal note for me during this time. Peterson learned how to love and pastor people quietly without fanfare. I’m a young worship director learning how to do the same as my usual Sunday rhythms have been removed and my role has changed. During such uncertain times, I finished this book refreshed and deeply moved by the Holy Spirit’s work in Peterson’s quiet yet poetic life. I couldn’t recommend this book highly enough!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Eugene is just the pastor I'd hoped he'd be: genuine, humble, observant and wise. Every pastor should read this book and learn from his beautiful story of deeply investing in a parish. It is among his ordinary, sacred congregation that he develops the language of the Message - language that understands and values the mystery of where the Word meets our particular context.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Roycroft

    Petersons memoir is his usual mix of electrifying prose and disappointing content. Some of his reflections and insights on the pastoral task are remarkable and mind stretching, but there can at times be a dilution of Evangelical principle (warm-hearted praise of Barth for example), which is such a pity. Excellent in places, deflating in others. Peterson’s memoir is his usual mix of electrifying prose and disappointing content. Some of his reflections and insights on the pastoral task are remarkable and mind stretching, but there can at times be a dilution of Evangelical principle (warm-hearted praise of Barth for example), which is such a pity. Excellent in places, deflating in others.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Interesting story. He was surprised he was became a Pastor then worked at it for 30 years. He defines Pastor in a unique and compelling way, not one driving programs or buildings but bringing people into an understanding of God and of Worship. Sometimes the telling got a bit long but then picked up again.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Garverick

    May I be half the pastor Eugene Peterson is.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Chelpka

    I listened to the excellent audio version of this book read by Arthur Morey. It was so good. And I have a lot to think about still. UPDATE: Added few more thoughts here: http://christopherchelpka.com/2018/07... I hope to write more on this in the future.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Atwood

    Ive never resonated with another pastors writing as much as I do Petersons. This memoir is moving and poignant for any reader, but it is especially so for pastors. Petersons poetic rejection of consumeristic church and patient embrace of people as humans instead of problems is a beautiful balanced call to what it means to be a pastor in America. Read this book, pastors. Read this book, Christians, to better understand a pastors heart. I’ve never resonated with another pastor’s writing as much as I do Peterson’s. This memoir is moving and poignant for any reader, but it is especially so for pastors. Peterson’s poetic rejection of consumeristic church and patient embrace of people as humans instead of problems is a beautiful balanced call to what it means to be a pastor in America. Read this book, pastors. Read this book, Christians, to better understand a pastor’s heart.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ben Potloff

    Still processing this book and the plethora of valuable lessons in it. I think the thing that stood out to me the most is Peterson's view of pastoral ministry being a long, messy, confusing, and often unmeasurable journey with a certain people, in a certain place, over the long haul. Pastor's care for a people, God's people, whom He is slowly but surely making new in Christ. Peterson was not pessimistic about pastoral ministry, just very realistic and honest. As a young pastor of a small church, Still processing this book and the plethora of valuable lessons in it. I think the thing that stood out to me the most is Peterson's view of pastoral ministry being a long, messy, confusing, and often unmeasurable journey with a certain people, in a certain place, over the long haul. Pastor's care for a people, God's people, whom He is slowly but surely making new in Christ. Peterson was not pessimistic about pastoral ministry, just very realistic and honest. As a young pastor of a small church, I was greatly convicted, encouraged, and spurred on by his example and lessons learned about patiently walking with people and shepherding them, viewing ministry and discipleship as a marathon and not a sprint, and trusting that Jesus is transforming His people and building His church even when we can't see it and through the ordinary faithfulness of feeble pastors...like me. A lot more could be said. But, if you are a pastor wanting to know what it means to be faithful in your calling, read this book slowly and thoughtfully.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Locke

    I really enjoyed this book. Didnt quite have the same effect on me as Don Carsons Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor because Peterson is, in many ways, well-trained and well-known, yet I appreciated his thoughtful insight and reflection on both seemingly small and exaggeratedly large ministry moments. It was also nice reading about someones ministry outside the reformed evangelicalism camp. His ecumenical spirit, border-line mysticism, personal sabbath practice, insistence on mystery in the Christian I really enjoyed this book. Didn’t quite have the same effect on me as Don Carson’s “Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor” because Peterson is, in many ways, well-trained and well-known, yet I appreciated his thoughtful insight and reflection on both seemingly small and exaggeratedly large ministry moments. It was also nice reading about someone’s ministry outside the reformed evangelicalism camp. His ecumenical spirit, border-line mysticism, personal sabbath practice, insistence on mystery in the Christian life, and his held-tension between word/truth work and soul/prayer work were particularly instructive to me. Like his translated Message Bible, his writing is clear, punchy, and relevant.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joshua D.

    I haven't found anyone as insightful or helpful on the pastoral vocation as Eugene Peterson. This memoir is no exception. Highly recommended for anyone finding their way as a pastor, exploring the pastoral vocation, or just interested in knowing more about what your pastor does (and thinks and feels and fears).

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