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Book Review: In Praise of Plodders

Book Review:  In Praise of Plodders by Warren Wiersbe

The Good:

Struck Gold.  This is an absolute gold mine for pastors and ministry workers.  There is so much wisdom in its pages and Wiersbe does not let up from the first pages to the last.

Pastoral Training.  From the Sunday pulpit to the days in between, the reader will be trained to be a good shepherd to his people.  Good reminders, encouragement, and even warnings are given to the reader.  Wiersbe provides insight into ministry that only a grisly veteran could provide.

Whose Line is it Anyway?  I’ve said this before about Wiersbe…he provides the best one-liners that you can just take to the bank.  But, in this book, he relies on pastors of today and yesterday to provide incredible knowledge and teaching to the pastor of old and young.

The Bad:

Repeats Occasionally.  Because these were excerpts from a Christian newsletter, there are occasions where the author repeats information.  But, because the information is so valuable, is it really a bad thing if you read it more than once?

The Grade:  A+.  This was my favorite pastoral ministry book that I have read thus far in my ministry.  Wiersbe has a talent for providing enough push to drive the minister to greater heights, while balancing enough encouragement to push through difficulty and tough sledding.  This book should be on the shelf of every pastor within arm’s length of their desk.  I wouldn’t leave home without it.

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A Tribute to Warren Wiersbe

Right behind my desk, within arms reach of my computer is The Bible Exposition Commentary by Warren Wiersbe.  It was the first commentary I ever bought for my pastoral library.  It will always be within arms reach while I am studying for a sermon, lesson, or preparing to teach from God’s Word.

Dr. Wiersbe was a mentor of mine.  No, I never had the privilege of meeting him, or sit across from his desk, or discuss theology with him over a cup of coffee.  But his writing has had such an impact on my life.  He had a special way of taking Biblical doctrines and exegesis and placing them on the bottom shelf that even guys like me can comprehend and understand.  He truly was a pastor’s pastor. 

This past Thursday, Warren Wiersbe went to be with the Lord, the subject of his scores of books, sermons, and other writings.  The One He helped others understand better, He now sits in His company.  What a legacy.  Many pastors I admire point to Wiersbe’s works as a mainstay on their shelves.

With all due respect to to other commentary writers, Wiersbe has been my favorite.  I liken him to having my grandpa sitting next to my desk, and being able to ask him questions about theology and proper exposition of a text.  So easy to understand, his books are more like a conversation than literature.

In honor of his life, I want to say thank you.  Dr. Wiersbe, you have guided my understanding of Scripture, helped me gain a better grasp of Biblical doctrines, and have been a safety net for difficult passages of Scripture.  Your legacy continues on the 3rd shelf of my bookshelf, where I can find answers and insight that will never grow old.  Thank you for your help in these early years of ministry, and I look forward to the help you will provide in the years ahead.

 

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Book Review: On Being a Servant of God

Book Review:  On Being a Servant of God by Warren Wiersbe

The Good:

Grandpa Wiersbe.   You can imagine the words of this book coming from a grandpa, giving their grandson advice about ministry.  Maybe I think that because both my grandpa and my wife’s grandpa were in ministry for decades.  The advice is not in a condescending tone, but come across as loving and caring.  You want to get to the page to learn more, like you are sitting on your grandpa’s proverbial knee.

Quotes For Days.  This man has a quote for everything, and each one is dynamite.  Seriously, how does he do it?  Wiersbe doesn’t just reference one or two servant books and take some nuggets to build on.  No, he grabs quotes from deep in history, professors, old preachers, and the list goes on.  No stone was left unturned to drive the point home.

Ministry A to Z.  This is like the Amazon logo of ministry books.  It takes you from A to Z of every aspect of ministry.  Both practical aspects of ministry and also the personal/spiritual side as well.  Such wisdom in these pages from a man who has lived it.

The Bad:

Nada.  Nothing bad to report.

The Grade:  A+.  This book will be on my “read again and again and again” list.  OK, I don’t really have that list, but if I did, this book would be at or near the top.  So much wisdom and practicality to this book, where it walks alongside you in ministry and drops truth bombs on every aspect of your life.  It is a must read for all those that are going into ministry, non-negotiable.

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