Book Review: The Pastor’s Justification

Book Review:  The Pastor’s Justification by Jared C. Wilson

The Good:

Honesty is the Best Policy.  Ministry is not always rainbows that are made of Skittles.  There are difficult tasks, difficult people, and difficult situations.  Wilson does not steer away from the difficulties, but embraces them in a humble, sometimes humorous, but realistic and straightforward way.  The newbie pastor reading this book will not be sheltered, but will read a fair assessment of the daily grind of ministry.

Pastor’s Handbook.  This the pastor’s handbook of today.  It provides detailed outlook of a pastor’s role, along with the balance of daily tasks and responsibilities.  All of this, while appropriately using Biblical support and foundation for the behavior, leadership, and ministry of a pastor.

Emotional Roller-coaster.  I found myself living out the array of emojis on my phone’s keyboard.  There were moments where I would chuckle out loud.  Other times where I would sternly read the next sentence as I was being taken to the woodshed, challenged and disciplined to be better.  Then, I would be lifted up and encouraged through Scripture and the experience of the writer.  As long as you buckle up, the roller coaster experience is worth the ride.

The Bad:

N/A.  Nothing negative comes to mind.

The Grade:  A.  This book came by way of a recommendation by my pastor.  In preparation for life and ministry, he knew this would be one I needed to read.  In fact, at times, he couldn’t wait to share the lessons he was learning as he read, and would read excerpts out loud.  I was not disappointed either.  He was right, it is a must read for all those in pastoral ministry.

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