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Vendor: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
Author: David C Alves
Located in: Concord, NH
Submitted: August 18, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. From age 2-6, I was a ward of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. From foster care, a family adopted me at age 6. I began writing in 6th grade in 1956. I served on various editorial staffs in high school, college, and later on the ministry journal "Henceforth." I responded to Christ on Christmas Day, 1976. I write about my early life and God's impact upon it in my memoir, "Adopted: An Adoptee's Memoir of Healing Love." I have four books published and several on the way. I view writing as my God-given vocation and have enjoyed being able to write full-time since my semi-retirement from pastoral ministry.
What was your motivation behind this project? For years, my wife Marcy and I served churches and pastors through our itinerant ministry. After my graduation from Gordon-Conwell and several more years of traveling ministry, I was called to plant a church in central Massachusetts. From there we served New Life Fellowship of Concord, NH for 19 years. I found out the hard way why Sabbath rest is so important. I hit a crisis wall. This book, A Sabbatical Primer for Pastors, is the result of both that crisis and what I leaned about spiritual renewal leave for pastors. Pastors are in big trouble but have few resources to help. More and more has been written about sabbaticals, yet few comprehensive, but simple, guidebooks are available to assist a pastor to initiate and maximize the gift of his or her pastoral sabbatical. I passed this on because I knew that many pastors were considering leaving the ministry, when all they really needed was encouragement to take a ministry sabbatical and spend some time with Jesus.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? This primer is designed to take a pastor through the sabbatical from conception to conclusion. This book contains more than was available to me when I took both my first and second sabbaticals. Though not exhaustive, the contents should accomplish the purpose of a primer on spiritual sabbaticals. They might even prevent an otherwise marvelous pastor from leaving the ministry or the flock that he or she serves.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? The research helped me to understand how we might be able to reverse that damage we do to ourselves and our families if we are not able or willing to break from our ministry for a season to get alone with Jesus and evaluate and assess our walk before we are too exhausted to be objective and hopeful.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Aside from the Pslamists and Apostles, the authors who have inspired me the most are: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers, Richard Foster, Wayne Maria Rilke, Dan Poynter, Jens Peter Jacobsen, Robert Frost, Richard M. Weaver, Jesse Stuart, Ron Hansen, and John Gardner. With much help from Wayne Cordeiro, Ruth Haley Barton, Fenelon, Tozer, Michael S. Heiser, and a handful of poets.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: My wife and I live in New Hampshire. We love spending time with our friends, family, and grand-dogs. We also enjoy walking in the forests, along beaches, and riding the back roads on our motorcycle. We ask your prayers for Marcy as we battle stage 4 lung cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.