• Book Review – Pastoring the Pastor

    Pastoring the Pastor
    by Tim Cooper

    Pastoring the Pastor, by Tim Cooper and Kelvin Gardiner, is the story of a new church pastor whose high hopes and shimmering illusions are rendered ragged from about Day 1 in his new church.  Beset by reality, frailty and sheer malice; dogged by unreal expectations and a certain lack of general realism or personal tact, Daniel Donford nearly comes to grief. But he has an Uncle Eldon, who is an experienced and wise old pastor, and Dan thinks to email him with a few questions. The answers are helpful, and over the next few years, Dan and Eldon swap emails which, presented to us in book form, are informative and encouraging to us all.  Tim Cooper is a former pastor of LifeSwitch church, in the Hutt Valley, and Kelvin Gardiner has pastured churches in Rutland St Church, Christchurch, in the Philippines and in Seattle, USA. Their created Rev Donford is undoubtedly a ménage of personal experience from at least three countries, and he — and his challenges — are recognisable to everyone.

    Pastoring the Pastor retails for $24.99, and is available at the Manna Christian Books chain and at other reputable Christian books outlets.

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  • Book Review: Windows on Widowhood

    Jocelyn Murray’s life was radically changed when she was widowed in 1987. She was the mother of three children and the leader of women’s Bible study groups, and she also graduated with a Diploma in Christian Studies (Hons) from the Bible College of New Zealand. In 1995 she published a book on her experiences of life as an adjusting widow and a child of God, Windows on Widowhood.

    The book was well received in England and Australia, as well as in New Zealand, and was also translated into Danish and published in Denmark in 1998. It covers, from the point of view of a new and deeply shocked widow, such aspects of the situation as Why me?; Why do the righteous suffer?; It is right to grieve; God cares; Facing the future; When is a widow ready for remarriage? and Choosing to walk by faith.

    Jocelyn Murray remarried a short time after her book was originally published. Now Jocelyn Murray-Currie, she has reprinted her book in 2011, and it is now available in a new edition. Along with her other title, What’s in Your Suitcase for Heaven?, the book is available in local Christian bookstores or directly from the author at  [email protected] Both books retail at $22-99, and both include study group questions, which have been very well received.

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