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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (557 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eugene H. Peterson Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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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)

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Watkins | 2/18/2014

    " Pastor Peterson speaks with the voice of God as he shares his 30 years of experience in pastoring. He is a sage, weathered and wise and challenges today's pastors and churches in trutly what it means to follow Jesus. Read this book. It will change your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andi | 2/15/2014

    " A seriously good memoir on the formation of a vocation, in this case, the vocation of pastor. Though I'm not a pastor, much of the work I do is pastoral in nature, along the lines of pastoral care. I'm always seeking to understand vocation, in general, more deeply, and mine, in particular, more clearly. I underlined this book like crazy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Alsdorf | 2/12/2014

    " Peterson writes with great transparency and thoughtfulness. I would not have thought a book on being a pastor would necessarily be interesting to me, as a layman, but it is ... his reflections on his own calling are relevant to any person who wants to live out his or her faith with greater intentionality. Highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 2/3/2014

    " Pretty good, and unexpected string writing and good storytelling. Not sure I agree with everything, but the book really introduces you to Peterson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/28/2014

    " A different style of writing than Peterson's usual books. I had not read a "vocational memoir" before and found it fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirstin | 1/28/2014

    " This was a great memoir. I loved reading his story. It was a treat to go "behind the scenes" of this author of The Message Bible translation. I LOVE how he puts words together! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny | 1/25/2014

    " After having opportunity to be in a small group with Eugene Peterson, I had to read this book. I could hear him as I read it and felt very connected to his life as a pastor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie | 1/20/2014

    " I recommend this to anyone who has a pastor or is a pastor - men, women, in association with a church or ministering to others in everyday ways. He quietly traces his life and what shaped him from boyhood to somewhere near the end of his journey. (I think he is in his 80s.) He shares both wisdom and pitfalls - teaching from both his head and his heart. I want to listen to pilgrims like Peterson - they lead us, cheer us, encourage us to keep on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean P. | 1/19/2014

    " Memoirs of famous pastors are a mixed bag but Peterson's reflection on his growth com academic to pastor and his understanding of long, slow obedience make this a must read for any leader in the church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 12/30/2013

    " Filled with insight. One of the men I think of affectionately as "my" pastor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted Brewster | 11/20/2013

    " The gentle life of a Presbyterian pastor in Maryland in the late 20th century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olga | 10/24/2013

    " I don't read biographies very often, but I really enjoyed Peterson's Memoir. Throughout his whole life you can see how God has been at work - how his faith develops and grows deep roots. I learned a lot about myself as I read, and came away with many reflections. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grant Vice | 10/23/2013

    " Very thought provoking, I would recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/16/2013

    " great insights into pastoral life. I don't agree with all of Peterson's theological x's and o's, but he really paints a realistic picture in a lot of ways. I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Hsieh | 5/28/2013

    " I was given this book during my first year of vocational ministry and I found it immensely encouraging to read Peterson's journey in pastoral ministry as well as to learn a little bit about his background and personal story. It is a personal narrative that is salted with much wisdom. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy C | 5/25/2013

    " I really liked his candor and I also like the way he writes and thinks. He will not give you the "evangelical" party line but is orthodox. He always has insights that make me think about things differently. Glad he writes...I need more writers like him ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Schutte | 4/15/2013

    " Excellent memoir from Peterson. Challenging and inspiring for those trying to live the call of pastor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 11/26/2012

    " This book is a simple, beautiful meditation on spirituality. It's a book by a pastor, about pastors, but to say that it's only for pastors would be a shame. His stories illuminate God and our relationship with him in a way that is worshipful and brings us closer to holy ground. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 11/10/2012

    " This book was SO BORING. Sorry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew Cauthorn | 10/7/2012

    " Not particularly well written but an excellent book nonetheless. His model of being a pastor is inspirational--a wonderful example of faith in action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Mulcahy | 4/10/2012

    " A treasure trove of insight regarding the pastoral vocation. Should be required reading for pastors; it could help to counter the success- and numbers-driven mentality that plagues so much of the American church. This is a book saturated with wisdom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sagely | 3/8/2012

    " Every pastor or aspiring pastor should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 12/28/2011

    " Excellent memoir, especially for pastors. Talks about his struggles with working in the church and how he grew into the role of pastor and writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/19/2011

    " Excellent memoir from Peterson. Challenging and inspiring for those trying to live the call of pastor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 5/12/2011

    " Excellent memoir, especially for pastors. Talks about his struggles with working in the church and how he grew into the role of pastor and writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 4/19/2011

    " If you've ever read a Peterson book and thought, "I'd love to be mentored by Eugene Peterson," you've got to read this book. A must read for all pastors. "

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About the Author
Author Eugene H. Peterson

Eugene H. Peterson, pastor, scholar, poet, and writer, is the author of more than twenty books, including The Contemplative Pastor. He founded Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, and pastored that church for twenty-nine years. He is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and lives with his wife, Jan, in Montana. They have three children and six grandchildren.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.