If for some strange reason you are (1.) a pastor and (2.) you have not got yourself a copy of this book yet … stop reading. click the link above. and buy it. Learn more and purchase Dangerous Calling from Amazon.com.
That said, let me tell you a little bit about myself and then a little about this book.
Currently, I am on a leadership team of friends who will be planting a community in North Canton, Ohio. I have a lot on my mind about both what ministry and what a minister is. For me, Tripp could not have published this book at a better time. The picture that he paints is heart-wrenching and beautiful. He recounts firsthand stories of pastors who have been affected by the reality of the work that entails being a sinful human being who points sinful human beings to the wonderful, sinless God.
If you stop and think about it than you realize that that is a recipe for mishap. Satan is lurking around every single corner, crouched and ready for his prey. What if we realized that, as Tripp tells us over and over through his book, there is not another single person who preaches to us more than ourselves. That being the case, we are responsible for personally revisiting the Gospel daily.
That is the message broadly, but Tripp seldom speaks in general terms. He speaks to individuals and he speaks both candidly and practically. If I were completely honest, and there is no reason to not be, I seldom sat for a portion of reading and did not begin to weep for the many people Tripp has encountered and for the reality that could be mine if I am not to heed Tripp’s words.
Like I said at the beginning of this review,
Buy this book for your pastor if you aren’t a pastor.
Publisher: Crossway, 2012
Author: Paul David Tripp.
Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization, whose mission statement is “Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life.” This mission leads Paul to weekly speaking engagements around the world. In addition to being a gifted communicator Paul is the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, and has taught at respected institutions worldwide. As an author, Paul has written many books on Christian Living that are read and distributed internationally. He resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Luella, and has four grown children.
Pastoral culture can be marred by temptation and frustration. How can church leaders deal with an environment that undermines their well-being—-and the health of the entire congregation? Offering practical cures, Tripp speaks not only to pastors, but to the people who train, call, support, and restore them. Solid strategies for the challenges of day-to-day ministry!
Page count: 224
**This book was provided to me free from Crossway with my promise to post an unbiased review. Seriously, this book is just that good.