Beginning with an all too familiar case study - not one that has been told before, but one that has been heard all too frequently, the author begins to explore the the people and attitudes that can and do disrupt the pastor’s ministry and life. The author continues by exploring some of the what drives or agitates these people who seek to manipulate and hurt the church. These include the technological tools that are available to both the church and the world, and the psychological ills that are so common in 21st century society. Finally, Shelly explorers ways for the pastor and church leadership to respond to the rumors and innuendos that others may throw at their ministry and/or family.
The material was interesting and did address real problems and issues in the local church. The book would serve as a great text for the pre-pastoral student (whether in seminary, Bible College, or as part of a CPE Unit). It would also be useful for those counseling or coaching those in active ministry. Some in active ministry may find the book to be inviting trouble. For example, I found myself asking, “Who do I know like that in my church?” In some way, I felt, as a pastor in ministry, that the book was problem oriented rather than solution oriented. With the cautions mentioned here, I would recommend the book for the active duty pastor.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.