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Pastors in the Classics: Timeless Lessons on Life and Ministry from World Literature

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Throughout the history of English literature, church ministers have figured prominently in novels, plays, morality tales, and even poetry. Pastors in the Classics is a unique, unprecedented collection of relevant literary masterpieces in which the pastor's experience is a major part of the story.

Part 1 is a reader's guide to twelve important classics written over four
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Paperback, 184 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Baker Books
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Brad
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I misread read this title at first, thinking it was an attempt to help clergy connect with classic works of literature. I soon realized that instead this was a book using classic works of literature to look at ministerial life. A delightful discovery. Ryken's book is a readers' guide (section one of book) and a general reference work (section two of the book) for major literary works that portray ministerial life at some level.

The first section of the book looks at key aspects of ministerial
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John
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, kindle
This is essentially two books in one. The first half is a literary guide to classic works of fiction that are primarily concerned with the lives of pastors/ministers/priests. It is an interesting list of books, and each section serves as an evaluation of each work, with good discussion questions that would be great for a book club or classroom.

The second half of the book is a quick survey of a much larger number of books that fit into one of two categories. The first is works that are not
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Jeff Short
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting survey of English literature which features ministers in the stories.
PD
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great collection of wonderful works of literature that showcase pastors as either the main character or an important component to the plot and themes of the works. The collection showcases works "written in four centuries and cover seven nationalities."

The book is divided into two parts. The first part goes into more detail regarding 12 works. A few examples include: The Canterbury Tales; The Scarlett Letter; Cry, the Beloved Country.

The second part gives about a one page synopsis of 58
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Steve Penner
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting little reference book. The first half of the book contains guides to 11 classic books which feature a clergyman--pastor, priest, evangelist--as a main character. Each section contains a synopsis of the book then goes on to ask questions of the book that would work well with a small group who are reading the classic together. Classics include The Canterbury Tales, Elmer Gantry, The Power and the Glory and one of the most intriguing stories I have read, Silence by Shusaku ...more
Dana
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
No, I am not a Pastor but I love to read anything Leland Ryken writes. This book was no exception. It is a series of overviews of books that have Pastors as main characters. Ryken gives a number of questions to ponder regarding the ministry issues brought up in each book but many of the issues would apply to Christians in general, not just Christians who are Pastors. I found a number of books in it I would like to read in the future.

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Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Got it on Kindle it is great information!
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Dr. Ryken has served on the faculty of Wheaton College since 1968. He has published over thirty books and more than one hundred articles and essays, devoting much of his scholarship to Bible translations and the study of the Bible as literature. He served as Literary Chairman for the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible and in 2003 received the distinguished Gutenberg Award for his ...more