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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (22 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061988200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061988202
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

"More than a gifted writer, Eugene Peterson is a voice calling upon the churches to recover the vocation of the pastor in order to experience the renewing of their faith in the midst of an increasingly commercialized, depersonalized, and spiritually barren land."--Dale T. Irvin, President, New York Theological Seminary

"Eugene Peterson excavates the challenges and mysteries regarding pastors and church and gives me hope for both. This a must read for every person who is or thinks they are called to be a pastor and for every person who has one."--William Paul Young, author of The Shack

"If you are hoping to be a pastor, or just to understand what that is, get this book and soak in it for at least three full days with no distraction. It may save your life and make you a blessing."--Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy

"Peterson found writing as a way to pay attention, and as an act of prayer. It's our privilege to have his words, full of insight and truth. This book might be considered a long prayer for pastors."--Englewood Review of Books

"A gift to anyone who has tried answering the call to pastor, and to a church that needs true pastors. . . . It is a subtle manifesto of hope for our time."--Christianity Today

"Peterson is a master storyteller. . . . The Pastor is a profound and important meditation . . . serves as a necessary reaffirmation of the true nature of a calling that in current American religious life seems largely lost."--Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

"A book full of much needed wisdom that is written with eloquence."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Eugene Peterson excavates the challenges and mysteries regarding pastors and church and gives me hope for both. This a must read for every person who is or thinks they are called to be a pastor and for every person who has one. --William Paul Young, author of The Shack"

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"

More than a gifted writer, Eugene Peterson is a voice calling upon the churches to recover the vocation of the pastor in order to experience the renewing of their faith in the midst of an increasingly commercialized, depersonalized, and spiritually barren land. --Dale T. Irvin, President, New York Theological Seminary"

If you are hoping to be a pastor, or just to understand what that is, get this book and soak in it for at least three full days with no distraction. It may save your life and make you a blessing. --Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy"

A gift to anyone who has tried answering the call to pastor, and to a church that needs true pastors. . . . It is a subtle manifesto of hope for our time. --Christianity Today"

Peterson found writing as a way to pay attention, and as an act of prayer. It s our privilege to have his words, full of insight and truth. This book might be considered a long prayer for pastors. --Englewood Review of Books"

A book full of much needed wisdom that is written with eloquence. --Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

Peterson is a master storyteller. . . . The Pastor is a profound and important meditation . . . serves as a necessary reaffirmation of the true nature of a calling that in current American religious life seems largely lost. --Religion & Ethics Newsweekly"

From the Back Cover

In The Pastor, Eugene H. Peterson, the translator of the multimillion-selling The Message and the author of more than thirty books, offers his life story as one answer to the surprisingly neglected question: What does it mean to be a pastor?

When Peterson was asked by his denomination to begin a new church in Bel Air, Maryland, he surprised himself by saying yes. And so was born Christ Our King Presbyterian Church. But Peterson quickly learned that he was not exactly sure what a pastor should do. He had met many ministers in his life, from his Pentecostal upbringing in Montana to his seminary days in New York, and he admired only a few. He knew that the job's demands would drown him unless he figured out what the essence of the job really was. Thus began a thirty-year journey into the heart of this uncommon vocation the pastorate.

The Pastor steers away from abstractions, offering instead a beautiful rendering of a life tied to the physical world the land, the holy space, the people shaping Peterson's pastoral vocation as well as his faith. He takes on church marketing, mega pastors, and the church's too-cozy relationship to American glitz and consumerism to present a simple, faith-filled job description of what being a pastor means today. In the end, Peterson discovered that being a pastor boiled down to "paying attention and calling attention to 'what is going on right now' between men and women, with each other and with God." The Pastor is destined to become a classic statement on the contemporary trials, joys, and meaning of this ancient vocation."

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This is a really really good book.
At first I was a bit unsure of what I would think of this, as a number of friends had warned me off 'The Message' as a dodgey bible paraphrase. (Although I always enjoyed reading it) but I am a convert to Eugene H Peterson after reading this. His book is honest and full of leadership treasure. I will go back to it again and again over the coming years I am sure.

This book is autobiographical but in it, draws out lessons the author learnt and skills he developed at various stages in his life (Boyhood to Manhood) about how to be the Pastor, God called him to be.
He comes across as a normal guy, trying to be good and follow the Lord.
And after reading left me feeling that God is developing me all the time and that he does and will use me for Kingdom Purposes.

You cannot read this and feel discouraged.
I HIGHLY recommend.
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In his memoir of his life as a Pastor, Eugene Peterson shows us a way to re-attach our 'lost' souls and to our automated bodies in our ever chaotic world. A world in which so many of us are in search of a vocation and not a job. His words are simple and his text is living, just as he has lived his life accroding to his beliefs and how remaining true to God and the Word of Jesus we may all find a richer meaning to our own lives.
Eugene's book should be on the reading list of all Ivy League University undergraduates as it would certainly ground them in life of community as opposed to abstractions that are presented in business journals and manuals.
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I took this book on holiday with me and boy was that a good choice. Having read it from cover to cover I thoroughly enjoyed actually being there with Eugene. I did however find that some of the wording was a tad over my head, but not to worry I wrote them down and looked them up on returning home, all in the gain of my own knowledge. Eugene comes over as a very wise, knowledgeable, kind man. And just the kind of Pastor anyone would want the pleasure of knowing and working with. In reading this book there have been laughter and tears but he never gave up on his quest or journey in life. It was fascinating to read how his church was formed and grew from humble beginnings to something wonderful for the whole community. My english has never been what I would call my strong point but that did not deter me from reading this book right through to the end. I was not about to give up at the first challenge of unknown words. I would like to thank Eugene personally for this book, it is a very good read, good being not the best of words to describe how 'good' this book is.
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Excellent book.
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This is a truly inspirational book. I'd recommend it to any minister.
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