Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mondays With My Old Pastor by Jose` Luis Navajo

Book Description:  A totally burned-out young preacher reignites his faith and gathers wisdom for life while spending successive Mondays with an eighty-three-year-old pastor.
"Deep inside in some uncertain part of my soul persisted this strange exhaustion that was difficult to explain and hard to endure," writes pastor and author Jose Luis Navajo. Thinking of quitting the ministry, Navajo doesn't know where to turn until he begins meeting with a seasoned man of the cloth-his "old pastor"-who, through successive Monday visits, offers a legacy of wisdom in the form of 15 unique principles. 
In lyrical prose, Navajo shares the personal anecdotes, fables, and deep spiritual insights offered by the old pastor and his wife. By turns funny, heartbreaking, and thought provoking, Mondays with My Old Pastor is a comfort to anyone who struggles in his or her walk with God. As readers follow Navajo's journey from desperation to rejuvenation, they will find themselves similarly transformed and inspired. This moving, beautifully written account is sure to reignite every soul's longing for renewal.

My Review:  After being in the ministry for awhile one gets very tired and  feels not only unappreciated but quite empty...the bottom of the barrel feeling can take hold...this is why reading Mondays with My Old Pastor by Jose Luis Navajo seemed like a must read for me.
This read beings with  a forty six year young preacher who has doubts and some dismay as he thinks of quitting the ministry.  "Sometimes, all we need is a reminder from someone who has walked before us." {from from to book}
This O!SO!Good read is a light at the end of the tunnel for those who are feeling discouraged and weary from traveling the ministry road or for those who simply want to regain their strength in God.  
As I began reading this book, I was encouraged to read that not all people feel that God's house should be a house of entertainment...."Some churches have converted their alters into stages," he denounced, "And that is a real problem.  On stage is where celebrities shine; on an altar is where God's presence comes down.  The two are incompatible; we will have to choose:  human celebrities or godly impact."  
The old pastor has many stories and words of encouragement!  Ironically though, his words aren't just for Mr. Navajo.  His words strike my heart
to live  a life filled with prayer and more humility.  
In my mind as I read this wonderful book I named the old pastor Pastor Solomon...for he gives such wise counsel!
This is a book that all who work for Jesus need to read!  
*This book was provided for review by BookSneeze/Thomas Nelson*
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849947251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849947254

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