Diary of a Pastor's Soul tells the story of a fictionalized pastor, embarking on his final year before retirement, who reflects on the experiences and relationships that have formed his vocation and shaped his soul over a lifetime of pastoral ministry.Drawing on his own experiences, seasoned pastor Craig Barnes invites readers to embrace the life lessons of a pastor who has been formed by his failures and his fleeting moments of glory, but most of all by discovering the holy in the routine but often quirky duties of being a parish pastor.Through 52 weekly thematic entries, Barnes presents spirituality in narrative form through a collection of interwoven stories about learning to love others with curiosity, amazement, vulnerability, and most of all gratitude for the grace found in flawed lives.Barnes's fictionalized diary approach creatively shows how the pastoral vocation forms mind, heart, and soul, helping pastors make sense of their own calling. With unvarnished honesty, this book eloquently illustrates a lifetime of ministry, revealing how "the Holy haunts the landscape of life."
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
M. Craig Barnes (PhD, University of Chicago) is president of Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, where he also serves as professor of pastoral ministry. He previously taught at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and has pastored several churches. Barnes frequently speaks and preaches across the country, writes regularly for the Christian Century, and is the author of numerous books, including Searching for Home, When God Interrupts, Sacred Thirst, Hustling God, The Pastor as Minor Poet, and Yearning.
Table of Contents
ContentsPrologue by the DiaristJulyWeek One: Writing the Faith in StoneWeek Two: A Faithfully Anonymous PastorWeek Three: The Pastor's Wife and the MustangWeek Four: Pastoral Care as Déjà VuAugustWeek One: Saying "I Love You"Week Two: A Sunday with the New York TimesWeek Three: In-Laws and the Priest ThingWeek Four: The Blessing of Old FaithSeptemberWeek One: Pastor, Not FriendWeek Two: Beth, Our New Financial PlannerWeek Three: Letting Go of Mac the CustodianWeek Four: Pastoral Lessons from My SheepdogOctoberWeek One: Falling from IllusionsWeek Two: The Pastor's HomeWeek Three: The Grace of Being OrdinaryWeek Four: The StudyWeek Five: "It Hurt My Feelings"NovemberWeek One: The Sin I Can't ForgiveWeek Two: Finding Gravitas When You're YoungWeek Three: The Pastor on the Doctor's TableWeek Four: The Pastor's PastorWeek Five: Humility to the EndDecemberWeek One: Our Faith and My FaithWeek Two: Frantically Preparing for the Prince of PeaceWeek Three: A Young Pastor in Deep WatersWeek Four: A Wedding for the NonbelieverChristmas Eve: Being Joseph in the PageantJanuaryWeek One: The Long, Gray Days of MinistryWeek Two: The Obituary WriterWeek Three: The Pastoral Search CommitteeWeek Four Announcing the Retirement 000Week Five: Listening to a FriendFebruaryWeek One: Making Sense of a Pastor's CancerWeek Two: A Wintry Funeral for Young TeddyWeek Three: The Blessed Church LadyWeek Four: Taking the Heat for GodMarchWeek One: The Weary PartisanWeek Two: I Was Done with WordsWeek Three: The Redemption of Early MistakesWeek Four: The Loss of Saturday NightsWeek Five: Call Finds a WayAprilWeek One: Struggling to Say "Behold"Week Two: The Real Problem with Being VisibleWeek Three: Hard Lessons on FlannelgraphWeek Four: Finally Loving EasterMayWeek One: The Beloved Horse's AssWeek Two: Getting It Wrong with Race and GenderWeek Three: The Adored Director of MusicWeek Four: You're Dead RightWeek Five: Dad, Not PastorJuneWeek One: Seeking the HolyWeek Two: When I Can No Longer Blame WorkWeek Three: Still Holding Back Part of MeWeek Four: The Last SurpriseEpilogue