Saturday, December 29, 2012

Book Review: Mondays with My Old Pastor by Jose Luis Navajo

Mondays with My Old Pastor is a beautifully written memoir about the wisdom and insights which an 83 year old pastor imparts to a 46 year old pastor who struggles with spiritual exhaustion. Through successive visits with his old pastor, the younger pastor learns important lessons on so many topics such as humility, honesty, our true value, relationship/fellowship, importance of prayer, intimate communion with God, unconditional love, untimely death, grief, marriage, forgiveness, faithfulness, discipleship, ministry, and more. The old pastor offers a combination of Biblical wisdom, anecdotes, fables, and practical insights. I found this book to be very interesting, inspiring, and encouraging. It is not only beneficial for pastors but also for any believers who have ever experienced discouragement in serving God or bumps in their spiritual walk. The author presents the message in a way that draws readers to want to find out what the old pastor has to say in the next visits. Casual, comforting, captivating, and Christ-centered counsel! When I read the book, I felt like I was there sitting and listening to their conversation. The main message can be summed up in 15 principles. I highly recommend this excellent book!

"I firmly believe that there is no worse arrogance than spiritual pride; it is the kind that stinks the most. Do you know what happens with pride? It's like bad breath. Everyone notices it except the person who has it." (page 23)

"God is not as interested in our productivity as much as He is in our life. He loves fellowship much more than production." (page 27)

"Minutes spent with God produce great gains for every second of our lives. Focus your attention first and foremost on God rather than on men. That way when you stand before them you will have treasures to share." (page 36-37)

"It's easy to serve when everything is going well, but the hard times in life will lend credibility to your service and depth to your words." (page 81)

"A long time ago I came to a very logical conviction: Why should I worry? It's not my responsibility to think about myself. My responsibility is to think about God. It's God's responsibility to think about me." (page 130)

~ I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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