Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry. By Paul David Tripp. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway. pp. 240. 2012. ($22.99 Hardcover | $15.99 Kindle | $12.98 Audio)
|Five Stars (Highly Recommended)|
Paul Tripp’s book is divided into three sections: Examining Pastoral Culture; The Danger of Losing Your Awe (Forgetting Who God Is); and The Danger of Arrival (Forgetting Who You Are). It’s hard to say which chapter or section was most valuable to me personally. Perhaps it was the emphasis on a pastor’s need of community. Trip speaks again and again on the concept that what’s good for church members is good for the pastor, especially involvement in and support from a gospel community. There’s a lot in there for anyone serving in ministry.
Tripp speaks from experience as a pastor and brings years of ministry to pastors themselves to this book. He doesn’t write as someone who used to have conflicts and personal struggles in ministry a long time ago, but as someone who has to wrestle daily with temptations and the urge to settle into mediocrity.
Add to this a superb narration from Maurice England, and the audio book version is a resource I’ll turn to again and again. Highly recommended.
I received this audio book from the publisher for purposes of review.