This book is simply a must-read for all pastors! Other church leaders would benefit from it as well, but pastors in America today NEED to read this title. Piper pulls no punches as he addresses the professionalism that is draining the godly passion and Biblical piety from clergy across all denominations. His candor is refreshing and reviving. His words are directed not to the minister's head, but to his heart.I am aware of no equal to this book by any other contemporary authors -- I am not aware of anything even close! Not since Spurgeon's "Letters to My Students" has there been such a useful, practical and godly resource which addresses the devotional heart and habits of the minister of God.
Piper once again gives a powerful and desperately needed message, as he urges his brothers in pastorhood to lead their churches as Christ-like servants, not as modern day professionals. From essential theological points to difficult cultural issues facing us today, Piper offers biblical truths on thirty different topics that are sadly being ignored all too often in today's churches.
With much tears I have to say that what I read was unfortunately true. In this new modern church age of "mega church" mentality, qaulities such as "childlikeness", "meekness" and "humbleness" have almost disappeared (replaced with earthly professionalism). Piper truly has seen a "clear" picture of what is "infiltrating" the church today. Is it wrong to want to grow as a church? Absolutely not! When, however you lose your focus and begin to forget that as ministers we are servants, and not to be served!! We have lost the focus (how it should be). Although some may see this as a controversial book, you need to read it first!! If you truly love Christ it will move you to tears.
Piper hits the nail right on the head! As a pastor, I weep for churches who see themselves merely as businesses and for pastors who see themselves not as servant-shepherds, but as CEOs. Piper touches on 30 areas (an area each day per month)that pastors need to pray about. Every pastor should read this and every layperson who loves his pastor should as well.