Diary of a Pastor's Soul
Diary of a Pastor's Soul tells the story of a fictionalized pastor, embarking on his final year before retirement, who reflects on the experiences and relationships that have formed his vocation and shaped his soul over a lifetime of pastoral...
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Diary of a Pastor's Soul tells the story of a fictionalized pastor, embarking on his final year before retirement, who reflects on the experiences and relationships that have formed his vocation and shaped his soul over a lifetime of pastoral ministry.
Drawing on his own experiences, seasoned pastor Craig Barnes invites readers to embrace the life lessons of a pastor who has been formed by his failures and his fleeting moments of glory, but most of all by discovering the holy in the routine but often quirky duties of being a parish pastor.
Through 52 weekly thematic entries, Barnes presents spirituality in narrative form through a collection of interwoven stories about learning to love others with curiosity, amazement, vulnerability, and most of all gratitude for the grace found in flawed lives.
Barnes's fictionalized diary approach creatively shows how the pastoral vocation forms mind, heart, and soul, helping pastors make sense of their own calling. With unvarnished honesty, this book eloquently illustrates a lifetime of ministry, revealing how "the Holy haunts the landscape of life."
M. Craig Barnes (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Robert Meneilly Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. For nine years he served as pastor of The National Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C.
He has written Yearning, When God Interrupts, Hustling God, Sacred Thirst, Extravagant Mercy, Searching For Home and most recently The Pastor as Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life.
Koorong - Editorial Review.
- <i>diary Of A Pastor's Soul</i> Tells The Story Of A Fictionalized Pastor, Embarking On His Final Year Before Retirement, Who Reflects On The Experiences And Relationships That Have Formed His Vocation And Shaped His Soul Over A Lifetime Of Pastoral Ministry.<br> <br> Drawing On His Own Experiences, Seasoned Pastor Craig Barnes Invites Readers To Embrace The Life Lessons Of A Pastor Who Has Been Formed By His Failures And His Fleeting Moments Of Glory, But Most Of All By Discovering The Holy In The Routine But Often Quirky Duties Of Being A Parish Pastor.<br> Through 52 Weekly Thematic Entries, Barnes Presents Spirituality In Narrative Form Through A Collection Of Interwoven Stories About Learning To Love Others With Curiosity, Amazement, Vulnerability, And Most Of All Gratitude For The Grace Found In Flawed Lives.<br> <br> Barnes's Fictionalized Diary Approach Creatively Shows How The Pastoral Vocation Forms Mind, Heart, And Soul, Helping Pastors Make Sense Of Their Own Calling. With Unvarnished Honesty, This Book Eloquently Illustrates A Lifetime Of Ministry, Revealing How "the Holy Haunts The Landscape Of Life."