Diary of a Pastor's Soul: The Holy Moments in a Life of Ministry
: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...
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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.
- :<b>contents</b>prologue By The Diarist<b>july</b>week One: Writing The Faith In Stoneweek Two: A Faithfully Anonymous Pastorweek Three: The Pastor's Wife And The Mustangweek Four: Pastoral Care As D&eacute;j&agrave; Vu<b>august</b>week One: Saying &quot;i Love You&quot;week Two: A Sunday With The <i>new York Times</i>week Three: In-laws And The Priest Thingweek Four: The Blessing Of Old Faith<b>september</b>week One: Pastor, Not Friendweek Two: Beth, Our New Financial Plannerweek Three: Letting Go Of Mac The Custodianweek Four: Pastoral Lessons From My Sheepdog<b>october</b>week One: Falling From Illusionsweek Two: The Pastor's Homeweek Three: The Grace Of Being Ordinaryweek Four: The Studyweek Five: &quot;it Hurt My Feelings&quot;<b>november</b>week One: The Sin I Can't Forgiveweek Two: Finding Gravitas When You're Youngweek Three: The Pastor On The Doctor's Tableweek Four: The Pastor's Pastorweek Five: Humility To The End<b>december</b>week One: Our Faith And My Faithweek Two: Frantically Preparing For The Prince Of Peaceweek Three: A Young Pastor In Deep Watersweek Four: A Wedding For The Nonbelieverchristmas Eve: Being Joseph In The Pageant<b>january</b>week One: The Long, Gray Days Of Ministryweek Two: The Obituary Writerweek Three: The Pastoral Search Committeeweek Four Announcing The Retirement 000week Five: Listening To A Friend<b>february</b>week One: Making Sense Of A Pastor's Cancerweek Two: A Wintry Funeral For Young Teddyweek Three: The Blessed Church Ladyweek Four: Taking The Heat For God<b>march</b>week One: The Weary Partisanweek Two: I Was Done With Wordsweek Three: The Redemption Of Early Mistakesweek Four: The Loss Of Saturday Nightsweek Five: Call Finds A Way<b>april</b>week One: Struggling To Say &quot;behold&quot;week Two: The Real Problem With Being Visibleweek Three: Hard Lessons On Flannelgraphweek Four: Finally Loving Easter<b>may</b>week One: The Beloved Horse's Assweek Two: Getting It Wrong With Race And Genderweek Three: The Adored Director Of Musicweek Four: You're Dead Rightweek Five: Dad, Not Pastor<b>june</b>week One: Seeking The Holyweek Two: When I Can No Longer Blame Workweek Three: Still Holding Back Part Of Meweek Four: The Last Surpriseepilogue