A young pastor experiencing burnout is about to give up the ministry. Then, on successive Mondays, he meets with a seasoned man of the cloth, who spells out 15 wise principles to keep the fires burning. Alternately funny and heartbreaking, the story unfolds via personal anecdotes, fables, and penetrating insights. 240 pages, softcover. Nelson.
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You think I’m exaggerating when I tell you to run and buy Jose Luis Navajo’s Mondays With My Old Pastor, but I assure you I have never more thoughtfully made such a statement. My friend, Ryan Hayden, gave me the book telling me it had such an impact on him. I looked forward to reading it, but never dreamed it would so move me. It is certainly one of the top 2 or 3 ministry books I now possess.
Don’t let its laid-back format fool you. It wraps you up in a story to deliver its gold, but it is more than a story as it touches all the places we need as Christ’s servants. Particularly if the strain of that service weighs on you.
It apparently has a few things working against it on the surface, yet those things vanish with every turn of the page. First, it is written by an unknown Spanish- speaking pastor. The translation is so good, however, that you never think of it. Plus it can help abolish the ridiculous thinking that the Lord can’t use others in another culture on the same level as us. Second, you may not know this pastor, but you will want to walk his steps and feel every throb of his heart. Third, the old pastor he learns from is unknown too. But you will have the most incredible vision of what an entry into Heaven this old man must have had. He could join Paul and Spurgeon and make quite a team. He was of their ilk.
In the book Mr. Navajo is sinking under the weight of ministry and decides to look up his old pastor for counsel. As the book goes along we learn the old pastor is dying, but he is energized to share with this protege of his. He goes every Monday for a meeting with the old pastor and the pastor speaks from accumulated wisdom, extraordinary stories, and power from a dynamic walk with God. The chapters are the discussion on each Monday.
Every chapter is a field of diamonds scattered all over the ground. If you can’t be helped by this book, take off your work boots and leave the gospel field–there’s no help left for you. But if you want to see–I mean really see–read with your senses fully engaged. You will find yourself craving the fellowship of your Lord! You will want to stay in the field, with your head now on straight and your heart running at full capacity.
The book boils down to 15 key principles. The list is amazing as is the journey to get to them. There are so many lessons, so many corrections and reproofs, and so much hope. I’m not going to mention even one of the principles in this review as I wouldn’t want to rob you of the journey. There are a thousand greats quotes in the book as well, but I will let you do you own digging too.
Thank you Mr. Navajo for taking us on your journey by writing it down for us. Thank you old pastor for your sage counsel–we will never forget it!
I almost didn’t read this book. In fact, after the first few pages, I didn’t want to go on with it. Here’s a quote: What I got on board the boat of service to God, I did it full of projects and dreams. That was nine years ago. It was a particularly long ‘pregnancy.’ And the resulting birth produced triplets: discouragement, frustration, and disillusionment. I thought, ‘I don’t have time to read something from a whiny, young pastor who thinks his congregation is the most difficult, stubborn bunch of people he’s ever dealt with. Grow some thicker skin and get over it. This is the ministry…what did you expect?’ Yet, I pressed on and completed this book… …and confessed my sin of selfish pride, my unloving attitude toward a fellow pastor and brother-in-Christ I’ve never met, yet am united to by the Holy Spirit… …and enjoyed the book immensely. A year and a half ago, I was asked, by a young pastor beginning his first year of ministry, to mentor him. It’s been such a joy watching what God is doing in this young man’s life, family and church. I think every man in ministry over the age of 50 should seek out a younger man and pour his life out into that young man. Mondays With My Old Pastor might provide some excellent grist for the mill. I’m wondering if I don’t identify with the quote from Ingmar Bergman: Old age is like climbing a large mountain. The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become, but your sight becomes more free and the view more extensive and serene. Many times, after reading the ‘old pastor’s’ advice, I was moved to tears: tears of joy because I serve such a loving, gracious God; tears of sadness at the hardness of my heart within me; tears of empathy for both the key characters in this book. I found much wisdom in the ‘old pastor’s’ advice: God does not call the equipped; rather, He equips those He calls. I find [Christ] in the cross, nothing more, nothing less. What more can you ask for? Only God exists, only God knows, only God is able Something even more difficult than overcoming failure is overcoming success. As the author moved through each successive Monday meeting with his old pastor, I began to yearn for them as well. There were times I felt a visit was too short, with not enough given me…or the author. But it was much like our lives: we’re given just exactly what we need for that day. I can’t tell you how this book ends, but you’ll be deeply moved. If you’re a pastor, I exhort you to read this book. If you’re a pastor and have younger pastors around you, near you…seek them out and begin mentoring/discipling them. Let God use you to shape these young men for greater ministry and service to God and His people. If you’re not a minister, you’ll still find this a greatly encouraging read. Perhaps it will inform your prayers for your own pastor.
Mondays with My Old Pastor is a beautifully written memoir about the wisdom and insights which an 83 year old pastor imparts to a 46 year old pastor who struggles with spiritual exhaustion. Through successive visits with his old pastor, the younger pastor learns important lessons on so many topics such as humility, honesty, our true value, relationship/fellowship, importance of prayer, intimate communion with God, unconditional love, untimely death, grief, marriage, forgiveness, faithfulness, discipleship, ministry, and more. The old pastor offers a combination of Biblical wisdom, anecdotes, fables, and practical insights. I found this book to be very interesting, inspiring, and encouraging. It is not only beneficial for pastors but also for any believers who have ever experienced discouragement in serving God or bumps in their spiritual walk. The author presents the message in a way that draws readers to want to find out what the old pastor has to say in the next visits. Casual, comforting, captivating, and Christ-centered counsel! When I read the book, I felt like I was there sitting and listening to their conversation. The main message can be summed up in 15 principles. I highly recommend this excellent book!
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This book tries very hard to share tender spiritual lessons, and at times it succeeds.
I enjoyed the parables embedded throughout this story. But the progression of the Old Pastor’s cancer was a distraction to the flow of the book.
Perhaps it made more sense in its original Spanish. It lost some of its power in translation.
Despite my concerns, this is a beautiful book. I found reading it to be a positive and formative experience.
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Review 5 for Mondays with My Old Pastor
Date:October 14, 2012
Mondays With My Old Pastor by Jose Luis Navajo
Summary: In this first-person narrative, the author, a sometimes discouraged pastor, describes a series of encounters with an older, wiser pastor. The old pastor shares stories, or perhaps parables, with him to drive home points about staying the course in ministry. The book was originally written in Spanish, and there are minor indications that it is set in Spain.
Reaction: I was intrigued by the premise of this book, but feel it came up well short of its potential. It didn’t know whether it’s a story, or an advice manual for pastors. The result is that it does neither as well it could have. The portrayal of the characters is too one-dimensional, with the older pastor having simple wisdom to offer about life in ministry, and the younger pastor seeming to have no real ideas of his own. The relationship is therefore very one-sided, and seems unrealistic. The overall writing style did not connect with me (this may be because it was translated from Spanish?); for example, within the narrative section in each chapter is a reference to a statement from a famous author, like Tolstoy or Khalil Gibran, but is introduced clumsily. The conclusion of the book, however, did a nice job summarizing the principles espoused by the old pastor. A more profitable approach, in my opinion, would have been to focus on explaining the principles rather than trying to give the principles through the vehicle of this story, or for the author to have written an honest memoir regarding his life in ministry.
With 1,500 ministers resigning from the ministry each month, most of us have known or heard of a pastor who was burned out, fed up, and exhausted enough to quit.
That's the unique niche "Mondays With My Old Pastor," by Jose Luis Navajo (published by Thomas Nelson) targets with a good book that pretends to be better than it is.
Many of those ministers who throw in the towel on ministry could possibly be refreshed and renewed if they had someone to come alongside them and provide them with encouragement and wise counsel. Imagine a younger minister feeling the challenges of ministry having the opportunity to gain insights, advice, and ideas from an older, wiser, more experienced pastor.
That, in a nutshell, is the story of "Mondays With My Old Pastor."
The problem with this book is the quality of writing doesn't fully pull off the concept of the book. The story is about a younger minister who is so burned out on ministry he's ready to quit. Before taking that step, his wife encourages him to visit with his old pastor, a man now in the twilight of his life who had served as a pastor for decades.
Taking his wife's advice, the younger minister calls on his old pastor on a Monday, and winds up visiting with him each Monday thereafter.
The core of the book is about an older, wiser pastor giving encouragement and counsel to a younger minister who is feeling defeated in ministry. That advice from the older pastor is often dished out in the telling of stories, some of which are profound, insightful and moving.
But all too consistently, the content isn't as deep and powerful as the author portends. When a story is quite deep and rich, the author sometimes doesn't have the writing skill to let the story move the reader in a powerful way. Instead, you have lines from the younger minister telling the reader, "I was amazed at how profound his story was!"
When you have to tell the reader what they should have experienced by their own reading, you know the quality and depth of your writing is suffering.
Added to that, the ending is vastly overplayed. When the drama of the story reaches a good crescendo, I found myself thinking, "End the story here!' But the author went on and on with a rambling ending that becomes confusing, silly, and useless.
In spite of lacking in some of the writing, the reader (especially if you serve or have served in a vocational ministry position) can easily imagine the setting of younger and older ministers sharing together the trials and triumphs that make up ministry. Some of the stories offered by the older pastor are so good I found myself tweeting about them or posting snippets on Facebook.
"Mondays With My Old Pastor" is a good book for the specific audience it targets, even if it pretends to be better than it is.
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I originally picked this book out because I thought it would be an encouraging read. What I did not expect was the spiritual depth at which this book achieves. Not to slight the spiritual leaders in my life, but reading this book I longed for the Monday meetings for wise guidance and counsel. The heart of the old pastor exudes from the pages written in José Luis Navajo’s book, Mondays with My Old Pastor. If you are looking to enrich your prayer life and seeking a closer relationship with God, this book is a must read! If you are longing for a heart more like that of Jesus, this book will launch you into an incredible journey. Go back to basics, slow down, get on your knees, and re-focus your worship on the mission of the cross and less on what this world has to offer. Particularly convicting was the first page of the third chapter which read, “The reading of a psalm and a routine prayer, [were performed] more out of trying to calm my conscience than to connect with God.” Mondays with My Old Pastor is a road map to closer walk with Jesus. Do you want to know how? This book is a great starting point! Definitely in my top five favorite reads. I had trouble putting the book down and yet I did not want it to end…I desired more Mondays with my old pastor and his Biblical insight.
I cannot say enough about this book, Mondays with My Old Pastor by Jose Navajo. I wish I could put it in the hands of every believer...but especially in the hands of every minister. Jose is a gifted writer. But his story is amazing. I actually chose this book because its description said, "A totally burned-out young preacher reignites his faith and gathers wisdom for life while spending successive Mondays with an eighty-three-year-old pastor." That intrigued me. It not only intrigued me, but I was feeling discouraged and thought it might speak to me.
Jose asks questions of his pastor that I think we have all asked ourselves (at least) at some point. And his wise pastor has refreshing answers. And...his pastor loves to tell stories! So he gives Jose answers with stories to illustrate his point. His pastor and his wife have a very loving relationship which serves as an example to all of the things he's telling Jose. He reminds Jose that his marriage is his greatest ministry to his church--and to preserve it at all cost.
There are 15 major points that the pastor makes to his protege. Fifteen great points. Through the chapters, you see the transformation all of this is making in Jose's life. But not only did I see the difference it was making in Jose's life, I saw a change in my attitude and outlook.
I could not put this book down!! I read it in one sitting one evening. It was refreshing to my soul. But about three-fourths of the way through the book, I had a need to begin underlining the things that were sticking out to me...but I didn't. I purposed to re-read the book...slowly...and underline then. This book is a keeper. I will put it on my bookshelf and read it again and again. Thank you, Jose Navajo, for putting your journal in book form. I give this book 10 out of 5 stars. (Yes, it 's that good!)
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This is the true story of Jose a pastor who is burnt out of the ministry and ready to call it quits on the church and all the needs of everyone. When he is going to leave his wife suggests that he call his old pastor and go talk with him. The pastor and his wife are now retired and have moved to the country away from everyone and have a very quiet home to be only with GOD.
Jose starts one visit and then continues each Monday meeting with the pastor as they talk about their lives and how the past was, GOD works on Jose's heart and soon he realizes that his passion and knowledge is just the plan GOD has for his life.
This is a great book for everyone to read, each chapter covers a different emotion, it is told as a story each chapter is a Monday meeting. It makes you think and know that everyone goes through the same set of emotions, even pastor, church leaders and the congregation.... This book is a wonderful and very enjoyable read.
The book goes through 15 principles to live in life, I just wish it had bible verses to back up each principle. I felt this book was missing the bible back up that other books I have read have included in each lesson.
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Review 10 for Mondays with My Old Pastor
Date:August 6, 2012
The wisdom from older people is amazing. The wisdom that you get from talking with your grandparents or any older generation is priceless. In this book Jose Navajo is feeling like giving up his call from god. He feels unequipped, unworthy and not suitable for the job. He begins a series of visits with his old pastor. The old man tells many stories to Jose and opens his eyes to the true, one all important aspect of the Christian life; the Cross.
Working in a ministerial capacity of any type can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually draining. It takes a continued commitment to building the Kingdom with God’s power. In this lyrical and beautiful book, the author takes the reader along as he has a crisis of commitment, and as he learns the truths that have kept his former pastor engaged and active in service to Jesus, we see the ways in which the only key is found in Christ, in leaning completely on Him, especially in the hardest parts.
This book is so beautifully written in the English translation, I can scarcely imagine the enhanced majesty of the Spanish version, but I have never wanted to learn the language more! The imagery and poetry of this book only enhance its message, and the only real gap between the English and Spanish versions was an acrostic that wasn’t comparable. Still, the encouragement for any minister is beautifully evident. The concepts of staying in the shadow of the cross, of living as if everything is by grace, these are practically outlined in terrific prose and with clarity and practicality.
If you are a minister or know a minister or have ever heard of ministry, this book is for you! Regardless of where you are in your walk with the Lord, this book will give you some keen insights into the disciplines that will help you draw ever closer. If you’ve ever felt underappreciated or overwhelmed as you have faithfully worked for the Kingdom, this book explains in great detail a direct link between the Word of God, the power of prayer, and the strength that can only be found in the shadow of the cross. We live in a hard world, and the work of those who would win it for Jesus is often fraught with challenge. We are fighting a battle for souls, and the enemy wants us to lose not only others but ourselves. The only way it can be won is through understanding that while we are the soldiers, our weapons and our power come from a hill outside Jerusalem and the sacrifice that the first warrior made. Everything we do must be an extension of that, or our failure will be cataclysmic. It is by walking with the Savior that we find our greatest ally and our best offense. Jesus wins. We are his instruments in the battle, somehow useful in our frailty.
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Jose Navajo had just celebrated his forty-sixth birthday. As he put the birthday cake leftovers away, he knew he was experiencing something more than mere tiredness. “Deep in some uncertain part of my soul persisted a strange exhaustion that was difficult to explain and hard to endure.” (xi) An evangelical pastor, he heard his doctor's diagnosis: burnout. In the midst of his enduring the tunnel of discouragement, his wife suggested he visit his old pastor. Thus began regular visits with the pastor of his youth, a seasoned eighty-three years old man who had been in ministry at the same church for fifty-five years. Many Mondays the wise pastor told a story with a life changing message. There was profound wisdom to be gleaned from these stories. As the weeks went by, Jose could tell his old pastor was declining. He was losing the battle to cancer. Even as he grew weaker, he continued to encourage Jose with stories from his own experiences, from literature, and from legends. The stories and the wisdom are inspiring. Some of the lessons Jose learned include, “Self-sufficiency is a highly sought after quality on earth, but it's a real hindrance in the things of the kingdom.” (22) “Nothing,” the old pastor tells Jose, “absolutely nothing is as important as taking time to be with God.” (34) “You have two options: serve the Lord or work in the church. They are not the same... Don't work for God, work with God.” (44) “Love those who least deserve it more, because they are the ones who need it most.” (60)
This book thought provoking wisdom that will challenge every Christian. Those in ministry needing inspiration to continue on will find treasure in this book. Each chapter is a simple lesson on deepening one's walk with Jesus. Yet the wisdom shared is profound. The book is well written in a style of fictional prose that compels one to continue. While some of the stories are fables and legends, each one illustrates a thought provoking truth. And the final lesson, even after the old pastor had gone to be with the Lord, was, “Everything is by grace.”
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Mondays with My Old Pastor has been a real treat to read and so my review will reflect positive thoughts. The book is the true story of a a totally burned-out young pastor who reignites his faith and gathers wisdom for life while spending successive Mondays with an eighty-three-year-old pastor.
"Deep inside in some uncertain part of my soul persisted this strange exhaustion that was difficult to explain and hard to endure," writes pastor and author José Luis Navajo. Thinking of quitting the ministry, Navajo doesn't know where to turn until he begins meeting with a seasoned man of the cloth—his "old pastor"—who, through successive Monday visits, offers a legacy of wisdom in the form of 15 unique principles." I believe this book will benefit anyone who questions their purpose in life, or feels the frustrations experienced daily. It's a wonderful book to inspire and restore hope. With 15 Monday visits shared in this brief little book, I believe my favorite is on the 10th Monday. His Old Pastor shares this: Simply make room for Him in your daily life. I like that. When I act on that simple statement, my day goes well. I'll share one more thoughtful treasure: Sit everyday at the feet of Jesus, and then Tell the world what you have seen. That would make the world brighter. I hope I've shared enough that you'll want to read this moving, beautifully written account of Navajo's journey from desperation to rejuvenation. In lyrical prose, he shares the personal anecdotes, fables, and deep spiritual insights offered by the old pastor and his wife. By turns funny, heartbreaking, and thought provoking, Mondays with My Old Pastor is a comfort to anyone who struggles in his or her walk with God. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html>: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Even though the original was written in Spanish (so I cannot speak to the quality of its writing), the English translation contains such rich language and vivid descriptions.
The story centers around a pastor who is on a "mandatory rest" because of feelings of depression and burnout. At his wife's insistence, this pastor goes to visit his former pastor (who is now advanced in age). What follows is a series of meetings on Mondays in which the old wise pastor pours into the younger man all the things that God had taught him through the years of ministry.
It's not just the fifteen principles that make this book so memorable - you could find these same fifteen principles in any "Christian Living" book in the local Christian bookstore. It's the weaving of the stories and experiences into this marvelous tale. It's the power of the grace of God in the life of this pastor - someone we would have never heard of, had the book not been written. It's the almost poetical words that grace every page of the book. These factors combine to make this the most stirring and thought-provoking book I've read in a long time. If nothing else, there are TONS of "sentence sermons" in this book - single sentences that are packed with profound truth. If I made a habit of highlighting in the books I read, then this book would be dripping yellow.
I'm not sure if the book is meant to be a factual relating of events - it reads almost like a novel in some places. And some of the things that happen in the book are fantastic and almost unbelievable. But regardless of whether or not all of the scenarios in the book actually took place, the truth that is boldly proclaimed will keep my heart burning for years and years - I plan on reading it again, as well as giving away a few copies to people that I love. Excellent, EXCELLENT book. I believe every person in ministry should read it.
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Mondays with my Old Pastor by Jose Luis Navajo. Mr. Navajo tells of his time of making his decision to continue on with being a minister in the work of the church. He has become burned out and is thinking that this may not be cut out for him. He decides to illicit help in making this choice by going to visit his old pastor, who had spent his ministry at that same church. After spending a Monday with him and his wisdom, Mr. Navajo spends the rest of the Mondays that his pastor is able with this wise man of the Scriptures.
This book will fill your heart to the brim and overflow with wise and loving thoughts through which to live your life. Not often is there a religious book that grabs your attention so that you cannot put is down but this is the one. This book should be required reading not only in seminary but also be owned and encouraged to be read by those wishing to join the church. It is not just the pastor who works with God but rather all of the members. Most books that I read I pass on to others and once read never read again. This will not be such a book. This one will remain in my library. Everyone should have their own copy. I recieved this book from Booksneeze for this review.
The book itself was phenomenal. I am not a pastor, nor am I a pastor's wife, but I found many principles of truth to live out in my life. The fifteen principles Navajo's old pastor shares with him are Biblically based words of wisdom and encouragement anyone can use.
Approximately, each chapter contains one lesson or principle. However, this is not a dry lecture type book. Instead, almost every chapter tells about Navajo visiting his pastor and their conversations. Readers will feel like a welcome guest privy to these private conversations and at the same time drinking in the knowledge and wisdom these two men share.
Honestly, though the book is written by a pastor, and the counsel he receives is from his old pastor, the book is for all Christians. Each one of us is on a unique journey. Our lives are different, but these principles can be applied by anyone on their Christian journey. It does not matter if you are a pastor, business man, mother, homemaker, student, or anything else, this book is for you.
I received this book for a review. On a side note: Most of the time when after I have reviewed a book, I give it away, share it with another, or donate it. This time, this book is a keeper.
Sometimes, all we need is a reminder from someone who has walked before us."
That is what is written on the cover of the book Mondays with My Old Pastor by Jose Luis Navajo. It also describes the book to a tee.
This book is about a pastor who experiences burnout. He has made is agenda book more important than his Bible, and he is ready to give up, believing that God never really called him on this journey.
After a dream and encouragement from his wife, the pastor visits with his old pastor. During deep discussions, the younger pastor is encouraged to continue the race God has called him too. Each Monday, the old pastor tells stories and gives advice to his colleague, many times telling him what he needed to hear due to things he was experiencing at that time. The bond between the two men grows; the younger pastor learns so much, even about the health issues faced by his pastor.
This is a touching true story. I was moved, encouraged, and challenged when I read this book. For those wanting to fully serve, it is a must read.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers for the purpose of an honest review.
Monday's With My Old Pastor, written by Jose Luis Navajo, is a book that shares how Jose found rejuvenation to move forward in his ministry through the visits with his old pastor.
Jose had become a burned out messenger of God. Within his weariness and discouragement, he began questioning his calling as a pastor; he began to doubt his ability to bring forth the word of God. He was at the point that many ministers reach, the point of walking away from his calling.
While he was dealing with these feelings and emotions, thankfully, his wife gently encouraged him to contact his old pastor, the pastor that he admired so much, the pastor that she thought could prevent him from making a huge mistake.
This book is a desperately needed tool for today's ministers. So many have walked away from their calling because of burnout, and for them it may be too late. But the message and/or wisdom found within the pages of this book will serve as a deterrent for those now walking the line, for those considering a new vocation.
While this book was, in my opinion, a little verbose at times, the message is still very powerful. Thus it is a recommended read for all pastors feeling disconnected from their calling and all church members seeking a better understanding of the pressures their pastors experience on a daily basis.
MONDAYS WITH MY OLD PASTOR by Jose Luis Navajo is better than I thought it would be but different from what I expected. Does that make sense? It is the account, in lyrical prose, of a pastor's Monday visits with his old and former pastor. During these times together he receives counsel, encouragement, help and inspiration in many different areas. These help to stabilize him and get him through a difficult period of his life.
Interspersed with the counsel, the old pastor tells stories (some true, some not) to illustrate the point he is making. They are given in such a way as to make a profound impression on the author. After each visit he is renewed in his heart and soul and sees a red rose bloom on the bush of white roses.
Yes, things like that last statement sometimes had an unreal feel and sound-to the point of being distracting or an irritation-like it was not happening naturally or it was too emotional or so simply put. I really don't know how to describe how I felt. Another thing that was distracting to me was the poor translation (some stories, perhaps the whole book, were translated from Spanish) in some parts. Having a background of knowing another language and having done some translation work myself, I was able to detect this.
I think it is worth the read but I will give this book a 4.
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Mondays with My Old Pastor – José Luis Navajo About the Book: A totally burned-out young preacher reignites his faith and gathers wisdom for life while spending successive Mondays with an eighty-three-year-old pastor. "Deep inside in some uncertain part of my soul persisted this strange exhaustion that was difficult to explain and hard to endure," writes pastor and author José Luis Navajo. Thinking of quitting the ministry, Navajo doesn't know where to turn until he begins meeting with a seasoned man of the cloth—his "old pastor"—who, through successive Monday visits, offers a legacy of wisdom in the form of 15 unique principles. In lyrical prose, Navajo shares the personal anecdotes, fables, and deep spiritual insights offered by the old pastor and his wife. By turns funny, heartbreaking, and thought provoking, Mondays with My Old Pastor is a comfort to anyone who struggles in his or her walk with God. As readers follow Navajo's journey from desperation to rejuvenation, they will find themselves similarly transformed and inspired. This moving, beautifully written account is sure to reignite every soul's longing for renewal. My Review: Reminiscent of ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’, this book is a treasury of simple truths and wisdom. Watching Navajo glean some of his old pastor’s wisdom and insight, not only inspires, but serves as a reminder that we all have ‘an old pastor’ to learn from. Some come in the form of a parent, grandparent or other relatives, while others may be a friend, neighbour or teacher. It’s up to us to spend time with them and glean from their vast and priceless experiences. Like Navajo was blessed with renewal and purpose in his calling, these pearls of wisdom can serve as stepping stones on our own spiritual journey. I appreciated how this book is a beautiful blend of parables, scripture and the old pastor’s years of experiences, contrasted by the discouragements, fear of failure and exhaustion of the young pastor. And that I got to sit in on many visits with Navajo and his old pastor. Thus, watching the young pastor’s problems fade away as he’s empowered by passion and inspiration passed on to him by his old pastor, feeling prepared like never before to serve God and his church. I love the cover of this book!
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