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Dangerous Calling [Paperback]

Paul David Tripp
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16 Nov 2012

Paul David Tripp is concerned about the state of pastoral culture. He is not only concerned about the spiritual life of the pastor, but with the very people who train him, call him, relate to him and, if necessary, restore him.

'Dangerous Calling' reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy - an environment that actively undermines the well-being and efficacy of our church leaders and thus the entire church body. This book offers both diagnosis and cure for issues that impact on every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the war that rages not only in the momentous moments of ministry, but also in the mundane day-by-day life of every pastor.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: ivp; First edition (16 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184474602X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844746026
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is 'good' in the same way that heart surgery is good. It is painful and scary, and as you read it you'll be tempted to run away from the truth it contains. But it just might save your life… It challenged me and rebuked me, even as it gave me hope and fresh faith in God for pastoral ministry. --Joshua Harris

If you are a congregation wanting to know how to love your leaders, this is a must-buy. --Marcus Honeysett

This excellent volume should be read, re-read and applied. --Terry Virgo

About the Author

Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and on the pastoral staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has written over a dozen books, including 'What Did You Expect?' and 'A Shelter in the Time of Storm'. He is married to Luella and they have four grown-up children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish ...... 24 Jan 2013
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..... I'd read this 40 years ago. It's a painful read and exposes much of the poor motivation under which many of us operate at heart level. But it's an astonishing book for its personal honesty and Biblical faithfulness. I'm recommending this to all an sundry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all in Pastoral Ministry 12 July 2014
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An excellent book obviously written by someone who knows what he is talking about. Should be read by all those in Pastoral Ministry or going into Pastoral Ministry. If the advice is followed, that Pastors themselves need Pastoral care, then many collisions between Pastor and people would be avoided and wounds healed. Also the pastor's home life, the relationship between him and his wife and children could be protected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful but flawed 28 Mar 2014
By Lindsay
This is an excerpt from my full review, found via my amazon profile...

In summary, Dangerous Calling is an important book. Any and every pastor should read it for the sake of their own souls (1 Tim 4:16) and the protection of their ministry and congregations. Anyone in pastoral type ministry would easily benefit from the many insights in this book also. Even if you are not a pastor or in ministry, then I am sure you have a pastor, and you need to know how to pray and care for them. Despite my frustrations with the writing style, I can't think of a Christian who couldn't benefit from reading this book.

[[Many thanks to Crossway for providing a copy (via Beyond the Page) in exchange for an unbiased review.]]
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5.0 out of 5 stars I think we are already talking about a classic 2 Mar 2014
By Marius
Format:Kindle Edition
The most important aspect when I read a book about ministry is to understand if the author is actually involved in ministry (of course…), to understand his heart and taste his honesty.

Dangerous Calling is soaked with confessions. Paul Tripp’s confessions, and so many tragedies from the ministry field. Inspired title, Dangerous. Paul knows the problem. If you are preparing for ministry or you are involved in ministry, you can certainly understand that he was and he still is in your shoes. He’s sharing humbling and embarrassing things that most of us tend to hide.

I know I am not alone. There are many pastors who have inserted themselves into a spiritual category that doesn’t exist. Like me, they think they are someone they’re not. So they respond in ways that they shouldn’t, and they develop habits that are spiritually dangerous. They are content with a devotional life that either doesn’t exist or is constantly kidnapped by preparation

He examines his heart and motivations in ministry and invites you to walk in his steps, constantly asking himself, how is the Gospel of Jesus Christ forming the heart of the pastor and his ministry local culture. Undoubtedly, if you do not understand the ministry as it was designed by God, you are in a dangerous place. If the work of God and not God Himself is the main motivation, you are in a dangerous place.

The pastor must be enthralled by, in awe of—can I say it: in love with—his Redeemer so that everything he thinks, desires, chooses, decides, says, and does is propelled by love for Christ and the security of rest in the love of Christ. He must be regularly exposed, humbled, assured, and given rest by the grace of his Redeemer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book. 31 Jan 2014
By Panshak
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I first read a chapter of these book in a friend's house when i was on a retreat in Nigeria but i couldn't find it in Nigeria. the book has blessed my life in so many ways. If you are someone is in ministry or is thinking of joining the ministry, this is the right book for you to read and God will bless you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book 23 Aug 2013
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This book was recommended to me. Having started to read it, I can see why. Should be compulsory for all vclergy & lay ministers.
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