Book Review: The Secret Life Of A Pastor

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Book Title: The Secret Life Of A Pastor (and other intimate letters on ministry)
Author: Michael A. Milton


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I am not a pastor and I do not know if I ever will be, but this book has encouraged me to be one. This work has touched my heart countless times. I have wiped my tears as often during the read. I felt the shepherd’s heart of the author. It has encouraged me to continue serving God in all ways possible. It has made me realize how blessed and privileged I am to have been serving God to date. My heart brims with gratefulness.

This made me understand more what pastors are going through–the joy and the pain that come with the territory. I learned to appreciate and respect pastors more through this work. This even made me admire them.

If you’re not into reading letters, this will change how you view correspondence. You’ll realize that reading them is not boring at all. You’ll find yourself here. This will reaffirm that you’re not alone in your journey, and you’ll be glad that you’re in one.

It has taught me that love really goes a long way and must be our motivation in everything we do as we serve God.

I obtained a number of priceless reminders about doing ministry. Reading these letters was like sitting before and having a chat with a mentor who’s been there and done that but someone who’s grounded on God.

I love this work with “Broken Cisterns: A Word Of Counsel On The Matter Of Pastoral Self Care” as my favorite chapter.

Oh how I loved the author’s encounter with Dr. Eckley.

The author emphasized how important prayer is, which I liked. This also caused me to think about my “one sermon.”

By presenting 8 reasons, this book expounds the necessity of Expository Preaching.

I highly recommend this work to pastors, to church leaders, and to those wanting to be pastors someday though this work will not only benefit the aforementioned.

The publisher, Christian Focus, has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through Cross Focused Reviews.

Purchase The Secret Life Of A Pastor on Amazon.com.

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BOOK REVIEW: Heaven, How I Got Here

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This is a very timely read, especially now that the Season of Lent has started.

Heaven, How I Got Here

I’m so glad and grateful to have read this wonderful book by Colin S. Smith. It reminded me of the sacrifices of Jesus, which the author vividly explained. It gave me a clearer view of God’s love, forgiveness and promises, Jesus’ role in the salvation of mankind, and the hope that is readily available for everyone. It also provided me with a different perspective concerning death.

It made me stand in awe of God’s radical love and inspired me through Jesus’ humility and obedience. It made known to me the depth of what Jesus endured in order to free us from the fate that we deserve.

It’s a short book that can be read in one sitting, but one that can’t be put down once you started reading. I admire the author’s courage to tell the story in first person. How the story was told was captivating. It answers the question: “Why does Jesus leave you on earth if it’s not to get better prepared for heaven?” and explains the difference between believing in God and fearing Him.

It made me appreciate the time I have to invest in the things of God, which the thief on the cross did not have.

I pitied the thief on the cross then, but this book made me envy him. If only all of us could experience being in the place of the thief on the cross, we would be able to clearly see God’s big heart for each of us despite our imperfections.

The truths contained in this book have given me goosebumps for a number of times I cannot count.

Even before I finished reading it, it has already become an addition to my favorite books of all time. I recommend this book to Christians and non-Christians alike.

The publisher, Christian Focus, has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through Cross Focused Reviews.

You can purchase it here:
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