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Summer Picks for Pastors

Slow down, savor, and be enriched with these summer pastoral picks!

Summer—for some people this season is indicative of a break from school for kids, week-long family vacations or weekend getaways, baseball games, cookouts, swimming, farmers markets, and so much more. For those in the church, summer can often be an odd time of year. Church attendance can be sparse and ministry leaders and pastors may slim down the various events or programs within the church. Often those leaders will view the summer as a time to recast vision or fill the quiet with busyness—because busyness in ministry is familiar.

But why not slow down? Why not fall into the rhythm of summer within your own life? Why not claim this season of warmth and rest for personal soul care and spiritual formation?

As the academic and church & pastoral editor, many books cross my desk: some classic, some new. If I could pick just four of those books to recommend to you, pastors and ministry leaders, these are the ones that I would suggest you consider today if you haven't already. I invite you to slow down, savor, and be enriched with these summer pastoral picks!

From biblical and practical theology to spiritual formation to poetry, these books will challenge, equip, and engage every facet of life and ministry—head, heart, and hands.

  1. As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God
    As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God
    Eugene H. Peterson
    WaterBrook / 2017 / Hardcover
    $15.99 Retail: $24.99 Save 36% ($9.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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    Stock No: WW429674
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Draw closer to Christ and discover not only how to be a pastor, but also how to be a human being through the compelling life and words of a remarkable man. In this never-before-published collection of work, author, pastor, theologian, poet, and fellow pilgrim Eugene Peterson illuminates both the text and the world of Scripture as he guides readers alongside Moses, Isaiah, Solomon, Peter, Paul, John, and other flawed but faithful God-followers in order to discover how to live out the good news of the Word made flesh.

Combining strikingly beautiful prose and deeply grounded insights, Peterson develops a coherent and connected biblical imagination that invites readers into a richer, truer, and more vibrant spirituality in the Christ way.

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  1. Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology
    Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology
    Eugene H. Peterson
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / Hardcover
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 8 Reviews
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  2. Streams of Living Water
    Streams of Living Water
    Richard J. Foster
    HarperOne / 2001 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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  3. Soulful Spirituality: Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human
    Soulful Spirituality: Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human
    David G. Benner
    Brazos Press / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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  4. The Satisfied Soul: Showing the Supremacy of God in All of Life
    The Satisfied Soul: Showing the Supremacy of God in All of Life
    John Piper
    Multnomah Books / 2017 / Hardcover
    $13.49 Retail: $19.99 Save 33% ($6.50)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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  5. Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
    Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
    Eugene H. Peterson
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2009 / Trade Paperback
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    3 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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  1. Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions
    Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions
    Casey Tygrett, James Bryan Smith
    InterVarsity Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback
    $11.99 Retail: $16.00 Save 25% ($4.01)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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    Stock No: WW846276

Reflective. Penetrating. Refreshing. Enduring.

Pastor and spiritual director Casey Tygrett winsomely and humbly invites us to let go of our own expectations, plans, or desires in order to see the world with childlike wonder. Full of profound wisdom and contagious passion, Becoming Curious illuminates the essential spiritual discipline of asking questions, demonstrating through Scripture and story how a little curiosity opens up new ways of knowing God and knowing ourselves well.

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  1. When Changing Nothing Changes Everything: The Power of Reframing Your Life
    When Changing Nothing Changes Everything: The Power of Reframing Your Life
    Laurie Polich Short
    InterVarsity Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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  2. The Year of Small Things: Radical Faith for the Rest of Us
    The Year of Small Things: Radical Faith for the Rest of Us
    Sarah Arthur, Erin F. Wasinger
    Brazos Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  3. Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, A Devotional Biography
    Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, A Devotional Biography
    James Bryan Smith
    B&H Books / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 9 Reviews
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  4. Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
    Bob Goff
    Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 37 Reviews
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  5. Recapture the Wonder
    Recapture the Wonder
    Ravi Zacharias
    Thomas Nelson / 2005 / Trade Paperback
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    4 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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  1. Pastoral Theology: Theological Foundations for Who a Pastor Is and What He Does
    Pastoral Theology: Theological Foundations for Who a Pastor Is and What He Does
    Daniel L. Akin, R. Scott Pace
    B&H Academic / 2017 / Trade Paperback
    $21.49 Retail: $29.99 Save 28% ($8.50)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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    Stock No: WW685781

A must read for every pastor—aspiring, wrestling, beginning, or seasoned!

In this indispensable volume on pastoral ministry and theology, Daniel Akin and R. Scott Pace construct a theological framework for pastoral ministry that is biblically derived, historically informed, doctrinally sound, missionally engaged, and contextually relevant. Desiring to provide stable and nourishing theological foundations for pastoral life and ministry, Akin and Pace formulate a theological understanding of the pastorate that will equip aspiring pastors to discern and pursue their calling, challenge younger pastors to build on ministerial truth instead of ministerial trends, and inspire seasoned pastors to be reinvigorated in their passion for Christ and his church

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  1. The Joy of Ministry
    The Joy of Ministry
    Thomas W. Currie III
    Westminster John Knox Press / 2008 / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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  2. Spiritual Care
    Spiritual Care
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Fortress Press / 1985 / Trade Paperback
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  3. The Pastor
    The Pastor
    Eugene H. Peterson
    HarperOne / 2011 / Hardcover
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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  4. Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology
    Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology
    Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan III, R. Albert Mohler Jr., C.J. Mahaney
    Crossway / 2009 / Hardcover
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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  5. Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry, Revised and Expanded
    Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry, Revised and Expanded
    John Piper
    B&H Books / 2013 / Trade Paperback
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  1. The Decalogue: Living as the People of God
    The Decalogue: Living as the People of God
    David L. Baker
    IVP Academic / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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Explore what it means to delight in the law of the Lord—with your whole being.

Reconsider the foundational place of the Decalogue in Christian personal and public ethics with David L. Baker’s rare and invaluable reflection on the centerpiece of Mount Sinai—The Decalogue.

Baker comprehensively surveys the field of biblical scholarship, while still retaining a light and accessible touch that bridges the gap between the scholar and the lay reader. In this focused commentary on the Ten Commandments, Baker sets each commandment within its ancient Near Eastern context, explores and explains the biblical-theological meaning found through their canonical context, and reflects on the relevance and impact of each commandment in light of our contemporary setting.

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  1. Sinai and the Saints: Reading Old Covenant Laws for the New Covenant Community
    Sinai and the Saints: Reading Old Covenant Laws for the New Covenant Community
    Jay Todd
    IVP Academic / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  2. Old Testament Ethics for the People of God
    Old Testament Ethics for the People of God
    Christopher J.H. Wright
    IVP Academic / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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  3. Story As Torah: Reading Old Testament Stories Ethically
    Story As Torah: Reading Old Testament Stories Ethically
    Gordon J. Wenham
    Baker Academic / 2003 / Trade Paperback
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  4. Holiness to the Lord: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus
    Holiness to the Lord: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus
    Allen P. Ross
    Baker Books / 2006 / Trade Paperback
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  5. How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments
    How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments
    Edmund Clowney
    P & R Publishing / 2007 / Trade Paperback
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