Monday, February 10, 2014

Review: Pastoral Graces by:Lee Eclov

Pastoral Graces: Reflections on the Care of Souls
About the Book:
Grace is the credential that lets us park close to people's hearts.When Christ calls a pastor He instills a kind of heightened instinct for grace; what we call a shepherd's heart. However, pastors often become disoriented by leadership demands, congregational expectation, and the wounds of ministry. They forget how to use the grace of Christ in the everyday work of pastoring.

Through striking word pictures and stories that resonate with every pastor, this book will reinvigorate pastors' instincts for practicing grace in the churches they shepherd. Whether you are training to be a pastor and wondering if you are called, a seasoned shepherd needing encouragement and affirmation, or simply someone who wants to encourage your pastor, you will appreciate the sage wisdom and confirmation poured out in the pages of Pastoral Graces.

About the Author:
 LEE ECLOV is Senior Pastor of the Village Church of Lincolnshire (Evangelical Free) in the northern suburbs of Chicago where he has served since 1998. Previously, he served for 14 years as senior pastor of Chippewa Evangelical Free Church, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and for five years as an Assistant Pastor at North Suburban Evangelical Free Church, Deerfield, Illinois.

 His columns on preaching and his sermons appear regularly at www.PreachingToday.com and he is a Contributing Editor of Leadership Journal. He has been an adjunct professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for over ten years, currently teaching pastoral counseling. Lee is a native of South Dakota and the product of a rural church. He and his wife Susan have been married for nearly 40 years and have one son, Anders.

My Review:
 My husband has been attending an online Bible college for several years now in order to fulfill the calling that God has placed on his life. And while he has been attending school he has had so many questions that seminary just doesn't provide the answers to. So when I seen the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance. Lee Eclov has offered amazing in sight to his own ministerial experience whether it is from the calling itself or from the pastorate perspective.

 It takes a special kind of breed to be able to withstand leading folks that even though they need to be lead, they don't really listen to you. This book is all about that and so much more. It is also appreciating of the fact that many of Gods "Word Workers" go through many trials and doubt they can achieve the task that lay before them. But thankfully this book will help with that.

 I plan on passing this book along to my husband so that he can draw from the authors experiences. I believe that all schooling ministers experience a lot of the same doubts. It is a very ebb and flow type of job--this calling. I can see first hand the struggles, especially if you feel the inadequacies that many individuals stepping into this role may feel. The author gives a very Biblical perspective that will be helpful to many in the act and role of shepherding the fold.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Moody Publishers.