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THIS ODD AND WONDROUS CALLING
The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers

LILLIAN DANIEL 
MARTIN B. COPENHAVER
Foreword by Peter J. Gomes
Wm. B. Eerdman's Publishing Company

ISBN/Prod. Code: 978-0-8028-6475-8        
USA
$16.00  This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives 

"Here's a book about ministry from the inside, written by two practitioners of the craft. And not just any two practitioners, but two excellent ministers who are gifted writers. . . . This is the best kind of affirmation of the ministry — an honest one, richly grounded in the reality of the church."
Anthony B. Robinson, author of Changing the Conversation

This Odd and Wondrous Calling
offers something different from the many books available on ministry. It is a book both honest about the challenges of the vocation and reflective of its joy from two people still pastoring.

Anecdotal and extremely readable, the book covers a diversity of subjects revealing the incredible variety of a pastor's day. The chapters move from comedy to pathos, story to theology, Scripture to contemporary culture. This Odd and Wondrous Calling is both serious and fun and is ideal for those who are considering the ministry or who want a better understanding of their own minister's life.

 

LILLIAN DANIEL is senior minister of First Congregational Church, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and a host of the Chicago-based television program "30 Good Minutes." She is also the author of Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony 

MARTIN B. COPENHAVER is senior pastor of Wellesley Congregational Church in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is author of To Begin at the Beginning: An Introduction to the Christian Faith (Revised & Expanded) (The Pilgrim Press).

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