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:
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.