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Friday, July 6, 2012

Book Review: Mondays with My Old Pastor by Jose Luis Navajo

The author, Mr. Navajo, didn’t feel well. He couldn’t come out from under this ‘cloud.’ He visited his physician. The doctor listened and diagnosed the patient as being burnt out. His recovery came as a result of a series of meetings with his old pastor. The elderly man takes Mr. Navajo through some stories, each having a point on which to reflect.

This advice the elderly gentleman passes onto Mr. Navajo breaks into the conditions that seem to have contributed to his downheartedness. Simple stories from ancient times cause the young pastor to view his position in a different light.

I learned from this book. My Navajo and his mentor taught me principles of the Christian walk that apply to believers who strive to grow in the Lord as well as to those in the pastorate.

Some of the principles Mr. Navajo learned were:

           *Don’t work for the church of God; serve the God of the church.

           *Watch over and preserve the health of your family.

            *Spend quality time with the Bible. Any other book informs; the Bible                                  transforms.            

            *Be willing to forgive. It is impossible to move forward under the weight of                         resentment.

            Mr. Navajo made a total of thirteen visits to his old pastor’s home. Each time, he came away refreshed. One message that stands out is expressed by both the author and his wife:

“When the slope seems too steep and the weight too much, we will remember everything is by grace, which will sustain us forever.”

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  1. This sounds like an interesting read, Cecelia. I appreciate your thoughts about it. I love the final quote about grace. So thankful for that sustaining grace!


    1. Karen:
      I found the story very interesting. The author is Spanish and the book was originally written in Spanish. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Very interesting, Cecelia. I like the list of principles you extracted. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    1. Rhonda:
      Thank you for stopping by. I am toying with giving it to my pastor this weekend or reading it again and then giving it to him. There were several principles listed.I just selected ones I thought applied to laity as well as clergy.


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