The Contemplative Pastor Paperback

Returning to the Art of Spiritual Director

by Eugene H. Peterson;

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The Contemplative Pastor

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Any pastor who needs and wants to get back to basics will do well to absorb this book. Eugene Peterson, who has been gaining a growing reputation as “a pastor’s pastor,” here speaks words of wisdom and refreshment for pastors caught in the busyness of preaching, teaching, and “running the church.”

Appearing anew in this reprinted edition, The Contemplative Pastor highlights the often-overlooked essentials of ministry, first by redefining the meaning of pastor through three strengthening adjectives: unbusy, subversive, and apocalyptic. The main part of the book focuses on pastoral ministry and spiritual direction “between Sundays”: these chapters begin with poetic reflections on the Beatitudes and then discuss such themes as curing souls, praying with eyes open, the language of prayer, the ministry of small talk, and sabbatical—all with engaging, illustrative anecdotes from Peterson’s own experience.

The book ends with several meaning-full poems that pivot on the incarnation, the doctrine closest to pastoral work. Entitled “The Word Made Fresh,” this concluding section is a felicitous finale to Peterson’s discerning, down-to-earth reflections on the art of pastoring

The Contemplative Pastor by Eugene H. Peterson was published by Eerdmans Publishing Company in January 1959 and is our 8674th best seller. The ISBN for The Contemplative Pastor is 9780802801142.

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Page last updated 21st October 2015
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherEerdmans Publishing Company (January 1959)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages179
Thickness15 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code35426
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