Book Review: The Pastor’s Book by R. Kent Hughes
Re-Print! Maybe the editor missed something. Instead of “The Pastor’s Book”, would it be more appropriately named “The Pastor’s Textbook”. The reader will have the experience of sitting in a classroom listening to elder pastors reveal the foundation of pastoral care and leadership.
You Again? This is a book that will have a place on the shelf within reach. Would be wise to use a note-card to note all the pages that can be used for various ministries and situations. For example, you have a wedding coming up? Well, turn to page 137 to find how to appoint a wedding coordinator. A few pages later you will find script for a wedding ceremony. Before all this you can find pre-marital counseling help. I’m telling you, so many scenarios where this book will give you the full package.
But How Does That Make You Feel? A guest writer comes in towards the end of the book to discuss pastoral counseling and knocks it out of the park. You like detail, well this guy talks about how to walk your counselee in the room, position your furniture, and how to be silent. I’m not being sarcastic, it is incredible practical and dynamite for the pastoral counseling.
Half a Hundo? Yes, it is expensive. On sale now on Amazon, but it usually sells for around $50. This was given to me by a gracious family, and I’m so glad they did. All that being said, it is worth the price of admission. Think of it as a seminary level class, and the price does not seem so bad.
The Grade: A. Although I’ve been a pastor for about a decade or so, I still know I have much to learn about the pastorate. Weddings, counseling, funerals, communion, and the list goes on. No book could review all the scenarios, but this one covers the ins and outs of ministry quite well. Pastors of all experience levels should have this on their shelf to better shepherd their flock.
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