The Pastor: A Memoir
In The Pastor, Eugene H. Peterson, the translator of the multimillion-selling The Message and the author of more than thirty books, offers his life story as one answer to the surprisingly neglected question: What does it mean to be a pastor?
When Peterson was asked by his denomination to begin a new church in Bel Air, Maryland, he surprised himself by saying yes. And so...more
The only thing I really knew of Eugene Peterson before this book was his role in translating The Message. Through this book, I got a glimpse into the person and the process, the things that formed him and prepared the way.
I love that he started on a path (neve ...more
This is a very unusual memoir - he's open - but keeps the focus very clear on ministry. This seems to me a brilliant solution to the problem of Christian autobiography. As such it is simply an extension of his rol ...more
Your words and your life find resonance in my soul, in my imagination and I know that the stories book will serve as markers along the way, whispering "here is the way, walk in it."
I feel like I could sit at the feet of Grandad Eugene, and listen to the same stories over and over again - and still be raptured.
I wonder if at the root of the defectio ...more
I said recently that I would like to put this book into the hand of every p ...more
“I was not primarily dealing with people as problems. I was a pastor calling them to worship God….Congregations is a company of people who are defined by their creation in the image of God, living souls, whether t ...more
I had only heard of him in connection with ‘The Message Bible‘, so its been an fas ...more
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From the early days learning the trade in his father’s Montana butcher shop, Peterson writes of the many ways he realized his life’s work, to attend more “to what God does than what I do ...more
There were times when the author would speak about his views of reality, and then I would sit up and take notice. His observations were astute and had some real conviction behind them. So much so that I thought the book was going to be a meditation on the life in the pastoral min ...more
A couple of weeks ago, I posted an initial review of Eugene Peterson's memoir, The Pastor. I have finally finished it and absolutely loved it. While I am not in the role of professional clergy, this book hit home to me. If you want to know what my heart is as a psychologist and where I find meaning in life, read this book.
Peterson's book is a perfect example of how amazing of a writer he is. His prose becomes beautiful ...more
Actually, his childhood in Montana is the most interesting part. Here's an excerpt from when he was in first grade. He was being bulli ...more