Whereas much of the current literature on pastoring stresses up-to-date training and new techniques stemming from the behavioral sciences, Eugene Peterson here calls for returning to an "old" resource--the Bible--as the basis for all of pastoral ministry.
Originally published in 1980 and now being reprinted to meet continuing demand, Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work shows how five Old Testament books provide a solid foundation for much of what a pastor does:
- Prayer-Directing: Song of Songs
- Story-Making: Ruth
- Pain-Sharing: Lamentations
- Nay-Saying: Ecclesiastes
- Community-Building: Esther
Pointing to the relevance of ancient wisdom, adapting Jewish religious tradition to contemporary pastoral practice, and affirming a significant link between pastoral work and the act of worship, this book opens up to pastors a wealth of valuable practical-theological insights.
About the author
Eugene H. Peterson (1932–2018) was a longtime pastor and professor of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. His many acclaimed books include Tell It Slant, The Jesus Way, Eat This Book, and the contemporary translation of the Bible titled The Message.
Other titles by Eugene H. Peterson
Eat This Book
A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
The Jesus Way
A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way
The Spirituality of Wine
A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ
Taking Your Soul to Work
Overcoming the Nine Deadly Sins of the Workplace