Monday, December 3, 2012

The Art of Pastoring by David Hansen

This is a rerelease. There's a few things included in this new edition.

Pastor Hansen decided that pastors don't need another "how to" book about being a pastor so he used his personal experiences and tied them together in a "how to" book.

This revised book is divided into twelve chapters:
Holy Spirit

As you can see, each chapter deals with those specific topics with Hansen's life experiences as the backdrop. This is an enjoyable way to read a "how to" book. It's fun to read someone else's experience and think, "oh I've dealt with that" or "This is something I hope I never experience".

You don't have to agree with his theology in order to enjoy this book. There's a new foreward and preface to the revised edition and there's a fairly decent epilogue to close things out. This would make a nice gift for any pastor-in-training or even someone just getting their feet wet in pastoral ministry.

I enjoyed the gimmick that this wasn't a "how to" book while still being a "how to" book. It's a how to book that doesn't promise to give you the answers. I really resonated with that idea because I'm a big proponent that ministry is messy and each situation is going to be different. Nothing is cookie-cutter while still being successful.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by IVP Press.

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