Ministry is very hard and demanding work. The Scriptures advise us to learn from the example of faithful ministers (Heb. 13:7). The Puritans were a group of such ministers whose teaching and living can be particularly encouraging to troubled and discouraged pastors today. They were steadfast in adhering to Scripture as the Word of God, in confessing the great truths of the Reformed faith, and in applying sound doctrine to the problems of life in an age and culture nearly as challenging as our own. In Encouragement for Today’s Pastors, Joel R. Beeke and Terry D. Slachter examine the writings of these pastors of a bygone era to consider how they can help struggling pastors today. Here pastors will find a helping hand, reminding them of the importance of cultivating personal piety, resting in God’s sovereignty, recovering clarity in their calling, discovering means of support God has provided, recognizing the dignity of their office, and the present comforting grace and glory to come.

This book really ministered to me a lot. Whether it was the quotes from the Puritans or just the Scriptural examination this book will help Pastors and ministry leaders. This book will minister to ministry leaders by helping them to understand that at root ministry is a privilege. Ministry is not the object of our affections, Jesus Christ is the object of our affections and our desire. This book will remind ministry leaders that their ultimate satisfaction comes in knowing, savoring and growing in the grace of God.  Whether you are struggling with depression or burnout or doing well spiritually this book great encouragement.

This book is an encyclopedia of divinity drawn from the writings and lives of Puritan divines whom God raised up to be examples of excellence for His church. Those who want to be refreshed and renewed in the Lord should read and re-read this excellent new book as it will help the reader understand difficult concepts with ease and eminent practicality.

Title: Encouragement for Today’s Pastors: Help from the Puritans

Authors:  Joel R. Beeke and Terry D. Slachter
Publisher: Reformed Heritge (2013)

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