The Pastor As Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life by M. Craig Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a must read for the seminarian, and then a must read again no more than 5 years later.
The two sections of the book revolve around the call and craft of the Minor Poet - namely, the parish pastor. Although admittedly at times M. Craig Barnes hold the bar rather high, he also makes it clear that it is a job never perfectly done and the goal of Minor Poet is more a journey than a destination.
I found this book both challenging and comforting as the reflections on his own journey in parish life were right on target with mine.
I highly encourage those in ministry or considering the possibility to read this book and then keep it close at hand for those days/weeks/months when the vocation begins to more closely resemble that of an activities coordinator or nonprofit manager than the Minor Poet we are called to be.
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