Pastor’s appreciation month is here and I would be amiss if I did not share book recommendations that would prove rewarding to any pastor. If you’re pastor doesn’t like to read, these might change that.
1) Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor by D.A. Carson:
Pastor’s often struggle with sense of being inadequate for the work set before them. This isn’t a bad thing. Pastor’s also struggle with the temptation of being important. There is always the ideal put forward that ordinary isn’t good enough. Carson in writing this memoir reminds pastors of the power of an ordinary life.
2) The New Pastor’s Handbook by Jason Helopoulos
This book should be in the hand of every new and old pastor. Helopolous reminds pastors of the true nature of pastoral ministry. For more information see my review of this excellent work here.
This book provides a window into how reading broadly can benefit the pastor’s preaching. Pastor’s are verbal communicator and this book will help show the pastor how to bring depth of understanding and illustration to his preaching through his reading.
The pastoral role is focused on two primary tasks preaching and praying. This book will add depth to your pastor’s prayer life as he learns how to pray God’s word. If you’ve noticed that your pastor prays the same old things about the same old things this book is for him for more information check out my review here.
5)Memoirs and Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyne by Andrew Bonar
M’Cheyne has been a model for myself in many ways. There are few that live as much as he did in his 29 years of life. Spurgeon called it, ‘one of the best and most profitable volumes ever published.’ I give my full agreement to that opinion.
6) Lectures to My Students by Charles Spurgeon
Your pastor should have this. If he doesn’t buy it and ask him why he didn’t have it. This is a timeless classic. Spurgeon’s wisdom and wit will be a guide and a comfort for your pastor.
7)Preaching and Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Most books on preaching are more focused on the mechanics of the preaching. Lloyd-Jones eye is towards the preparation of the preacher than the sermon itself. Lloyd-Jones was one of the greatest preachers of the 20th century and his sermons are still listened to today.
8)Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett
None can match the Puritans in their depth of spirituality. This book will serve as a help for devotion and prayer.
9) The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Every pastor should have some reading outside his sermon preparation. McCarthy gives a glimpse at what at the darkness and goodness of humanity. His direct writing style would be a help to any preacher seeking to be more direct in his communication.
10)The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
O’Connor has an insight into grace and human nature that is refreshing and horrifying at the same time. She captures reality in her fiction.