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The Pastor by Eugene H. Peterson
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Dec 14, 2011

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Eugene Peterson is well-known in the Christian world, and is probably most famous for translating The Message. He is also the author of numerous books, and for most of his life, has been a pastor.

The Pastor is Peterson's memoir, along with insights on what it means to be a pastor. From his childhood in Montana to beginning his career in New York to a pastorate in Maryland, we are treated to the thoughts and memories of Peterson throughout his life.

This is like two books in one--a biography of Peterson, and a commentary on the lives that pastors lead. The book is well-written, interweaving the two themes seamlessly. Peterson's writing is poetic. You won't find many memoirs that are as well written as this one. I was especially captivated by his memories of growing up in Montana, working in his father's butcher shop and telling his family history.

This is a great book, not just for pastors, but for anyone who is interested in the life of a poetic writer.

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