For those living out God’s call in full-time ministry, they understand the mountaintop moments and the dejecting valleys. All too often, these low points seem to dominate those working tirelessly in the fields “white unto harvest.” During those difficult days of discouragement, ministers need confidantes, people to whom they feel comfortable venting without fear of backlash from the shepherd’s own congregation. In fact, a seasoned former pastor makes a wonderful resource for a minister drowning in frustration.
I really enjoyed “Mondays with My Old Pastor” by Jose’ Luis Navajo. As I read the book, I found myself imagining that I, too, sat in a comfortable chair in the Pastor’s study, soaking up wisdom and words of encouragement. Pastors who feel like throwing in the proverbial towel, need a sounding board and conversation with someone who has “been there, done that, bought the t-shirt.”
In this quick read, the author shares the valuable lessons learned from his “old” pastor. As I gobbled up the book, I found myself re-reading sections to drive home the wisdom being past from mentor to mentee. I encourage any pastor who knows the heartache of a ministerial desert season to purchase “Mondays with My Old Pastor.” It’s a book that ought to find a home on every minister’s shelf.