Why Pastors Die Young
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A unique look at the "behind the scenes" life of the Southern Baptist Pastor few people ever know about. While most church goers only see this man on Sundays, his week is almost always a veritable montage of worries, problems, people issues, emergencies, and unexpected happenstances. Take a look into the emotionally challenging world of the Pastor, and the one of a kind experiences he has to deal with to keep on being A Man of God.
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Oct 4, 2011Bob Coward does not mince words. If you are offended by the content of this book, it is because you see yourself too plainly in its mirror. This book is a must-read for church members of all denominations. I have wondered how ministers cope with their many obligations and responsibilities. How can they have a life and family of their own when they must constantly take care of the spoiled brats in their churches? I have always been appalled at how some so-called Christians insult their ministers and treat them like dirt. Oh yes, there are those few bad guys out there in the pulpit who do not deserve respect, but Bob Coward seems to believe it is God's job to take care of them His way in His time. Too many church-goers foget what God has to say in the Word about the ministers He has called according to His purpose: "Touch not my annointed." Bob Coward gives examples of what can happen if these holy words are not heeded. The author of "Why Pastors Die Young" knows the... More > sacrifice the minstry requires firsthand. This book is actually an entertaining but effective warning to ministers and church members alike. With his quick wit and marvelous sense of humor, Bob Coward sheds light on the phenomenon of preacher burn-out with funny anecdotes and riveting real-life stories. His section on myths of the ministry is especially enlightening. He compares our modern church populations with the Laodicians who "hearken...more..to the voice of the people than to the voice of God." I like what he has to say about the contemporary mistake of rationalizing sin with psycho-babble and other excuses. Bob Coward believes that sin is sin, and sin is wrong, just plain wrong. He calls for more fire in the pulpit, more passion, more forthrightness. But he never forgets that human beings respond best when humor and compassion are employed. This book is not one of those sticky-sweet religious books full of jargon and touchy-feely hogwash. This is the real thing and so is Bob Coward.< Less
Jun 8, 2006"Why Pastors Die Young" This book is an easy read. I thorougly enjoyed it. While at the outset the title indicates Pastors Die Young, one would believe this to be a physical death. Upon completing the book, it is the spiritual death of these young ministers to which the author addresses. The firsthand accounts of Rev. Coward's pastoral experiences are humorous and sometimes hard to believe, but they are true. Reading the accounts of how church members treat these Men of God, you have to wonder how much more can they take before they "pack it in". You can tell Mr. Coward is an old time "bloody gospel" preacher and it is evident in his writing. His preaching in this book is just what the church needs today. Overall, this book gave me an insight into just how difficult the life of a minister must be. You must truly be called by God and have an undying faith to take on this type of work. I have a greater respect for people like Mr. Coward and what they have... More > to endure to follow God's Will in their life. Thank you for such an entertaing and insightful book. Bruce Halstead< Less
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- by Robert Coward (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Robert Coward
- April 6, 2006
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.74 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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