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The Pastor

A Memoir

Author Eugene H. Peterson
Narrator Arthur Morey
Runtime 12 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date March 11, 2011
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"If anyone knows how to be a pastor in the contemporary context that person is Eugene Peterson. Eugene possesses the rare combination of a pastor's heart and a pastor's art. Take and read!" (Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline )

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"If anyone knows how to be a pastor in the contemporary context that person is Eugene Peterson. Eugene possesses the rare combination of a pastor's heart and a pastor's art. Take and read!" (Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline )

"I've been nagging Eugene Peterson for years to write a memoir. In our clamorous, celebrity-driven, entertainment culture, his life and words convey a quiet whisper of sanity, authenticity, and, yes, holiness." (Philip Yancey, author of What Good is God )

"A good book for folks who like pastors. And a good book for folks who don't. The Pastor is the disarming tale of one of the unlikely suspects who has helped shape North American Christianity." (Shane Claiborne author of The Irresistible Revolution )

"More than a gifted writer, Eugene Peterson is a voice calling upon the churches to recover the vocation of the pastor in order to experience the renewing of their faith in the midst of an increasingly commercialized, depersonalized, and spiritually barren land." (Dale T. Irvin, President, New York Theological Seminary )

"Eugene Peterson excavates the challenges and mysteries regarding pastors and church and gives me hope for both. This a must read for every person who is or thinks they are called to be a pastor and for every person who has one." (William Paul Young, author of The Shack )

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The Story
Eugene Peterson definitely has a way of crafting a story. He'll jump into something that seems rather mundane and then suddenly give it lots of meaning in its connection with God. He also gets very honest in this book rather than try to hide all the difficulties in life and ministry, which is incredibly refreshing.

If you're a pastor like me, you'll be moved by what he has to say. This isn't so much an intellectual read as it is more of a fireside conversation with Peterson.
Review by / (Posted on 8/12/2015)
An interesting listen
I recently listened to The Pastor by author Eugene Peterson for the christianaudio Reviewers Program (
The author has one of the best abilities to “word smith” that I have listened to in a long time. He has a fabulous vocabulary. His mind is unbelievably sharp. He uses words to paint pictures in such a dramatic way that often times the reader will have to stay on their toes or they will miss his point. It is not a hard listen by any means, but it is very profound.

This is a very down to earth book on the life Eugene Peterson and how he became and lived his life as a pastor.

While disagreeing with a lot of the theological stances of the author, as well as his use of inappropriate vocabulary, this book is informative as to where a lot of the modern mindsets and practices of the church world came from. It is very informative from an historical aspect as to what was going on during this timeframe and gives us an insight into the thought process of at least a segment of the church world then. If you enjoy memoirs you will enjoy this book.
Review by / (Posted on 4/27/2011)
The Heart of a Pastor
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an initial review of Eugene Peterson's memoir, The Pastor. I have finally finished it and absolutely loved it. While I am not in the role of professional clergy, this book hit home to me. If you want to know what my heart is as a psychologist and where I find meaning in life, read this book.

Peterson's book is a perfect example of how amazing of a writer he is. His prose becomes beautifully poetic (and I'm one who generally dislikes poems) with vivid imagery. In the afterward, a letter to a young pastor, he stated that he does not feel like he is a pastor of great achievement. While he did translate The Message Bible and has written many books, I got the sense from reading this that he is not your typical uber-famous Christian who has met the world's standards of success.

Yes, Peterson has had some of that, but he writes not to be famous, but because that is his love and passion. In fact, his personal testimony about the development of The Message makes me love and appreciate it all the more.

But returning to his pastoral work, this is where he finds his primary identity, with the writing elements being more of a supplement to that work. As a pastor, he led a flock of about 500 by the time he left. That's large compared to many institutions, but quite modest compared to those congregations of the best selling authors. And Peterson seemed to have no problem with the size. In fact, he indicated that he didn't want it bigger. He was satisfied with his work, and it showed through his heart and the true, lasting transformation that occurred in his community.

As a psychologist who definitely can be tempted by trying to achieve widespread notoriety, this tome reminded me of the power of daily, incarnational work that we all do on a daily basis. Our daily relationships and connections are what counts. Peterson knows that and lived it. And I have been blessed by his testimony of that life.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Review by / (Posted on 4/27/2011)
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