Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mondays With My Old Pastor Book Review

I had no idea what to expect when I first agreed to review this book but it actually turned out to be a pretty good book based on an older retired pastor giving another pastor in his forties some advice about keeping the faith. The book is called Mondays with my Old Pastor by Jose Luis Navajo.

Here is what was on the back cover of the book:

"Deep inside in some uncertain part of my soul persisted this strange exhaustion that was difficult to explain and hard to endure," writes pastor and author Jose Luis Navajo. Thinking of quitting the ministry, Navajo doesn't know where to turn until he begins meeting with a seasoned man of the cloth--his "old pastor"--who, through successive Monday visits, offers a legacy of wisdom in the form of fifteen unique principles.

Mondays with My Old Pastor brings every believer to the feet of the Teacher. In lyrical prose, Navajo shares the personal anecdotes, fables, and deep spiritual insights offered by the old pastor and his wife. By turns funny, heartbreaking, and thought provoking, Mondays with My Old Pastor is a comfort to anyone who struggles in his or her walk with God. As readers follow Navajo's journey from desperation to rejuvenation, they will find themselves similarly transformed and inspired. This moving, beautifully written account is sure to reignite every soul's longing for renewal.
Like I said earlier, I wasn't sure what I was getting into but after awhile I fell into a kind of "going with the flow" of the reading and what the older pastor was trying to teach the younger pastor. He did it through stories that had a moral ending and also would be asking questions at the same time.

At first, I don't think Navajo really "got" what the pastor was doing but after awhile it finally started to take hold and he would feel great when he left the older pastor and his wife. But, by midweek, he was back to the same indecision or feeling frustrated about some minor event.

Every Monday, he had a new complaint or problem to tell the older pastor about and then the stories would take on more of a biblical nature and as the stories were unfolding, Navajo began to see the the why and what of what his old pastor was trying to teach him. He finally caught on to what his pastor was trying to teach him and hoping that he would carry on the work that he had started.

The ending is sad but a good kind of sad and I knew after reading a few chapters that the ending would come just like it did. I have become pretty good at reading and detecting how and where the signs are in a book that sometimes will tell you the ending even before it gets there. This is a great book to read and study with children that you know are ready to hear what the 15 principles that the older pastor had taught Navajo. They are good life lessons for us adults.

I was able to finish reading this book because it was about love and understanding and not a long winded version of a sermon. That is what I most fear about books on religion because I get lost in the technial language but this book was written with simplicity and with complete understanding of what we the readers needed to hear and believe. Navajo did an excellent job in tlling of his time with his old pastor and I for one sure am glad he did.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I provided the picture of the book with my trusty old camera.