Are you caught in the business of preaching, teaching, and ''running the church''? Then Peterson, a ''pastor's pastor,'' will speak words of refreshment and wisdom to your heart! His chapters begin with poetic reflections on the Beatitudes and then address themes such as curing souls, praying with eyes open, the language of prayer, the ministry of small talk, and sabbatical---all illustrated with engaging personal anecdotes. Several poems on the incarnation finish the work. A timely book for pastors who want and need to get back to the basics. 192 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
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Review 1 for The Contemplative Pastor
Date:December 31, 2010
Location:Las Vegas, NV
Through this reading you will see that Eugene Peterson has a heart for pastors and being one with large experience he can definitely help all of us in our service to the King of kings. The Contemplative Pastor right in the beginning redefines the cultural's view on pastorate which sometimes we are caught up into it, and brings us to the basic and urgent task of our vocation.
When I first started reading this book, I thought perhaps it was a waste of money. There was no meaty theological discussion, just basic, almost simplistic spirituality. Then it occurred to me that as pastors we tend to get so busy and so preoccupied with the "meaty" theological matters and the more "advanced" spiritual issues that we lose touch with the fundamentals. Here Peterson offers pastors a slower, change-of-pace that is refreshing and renewing.I especially appreciated his chapter entitled "The Ministry of Small Talk." There is a place in our busy lives as ministers to discuss more trivial things with other people. Through spending time conversing about smaller issues, we can make larger strides in relationships.This book is the first one I have read by Peterson. I don't plan for it to be the last. If you are a busy, burdened pastor, it will do you good to read this insightful work.
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Review 3 for The Contemplative Pastor
Date:January 18, 2001
Contemplative Pastor is a good book for pastors who have become overwhelemed with busy stuff and are trying to find a way back to a more significant and spiritual ministry.Eugene Peterson has done much to introduce Protestant Clergy to the ancient ministry of Spiritual Direction.