I was just sent the book God’s Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations in the mail this week by Pulpit and Pew and Dechant & Hughes. I hope to read this book fairly quickly and have a review posted up within the next two months. Right now that’s quick for me.
But as I was skimming through the pages Table 4.3 on page 109 caught my eye. The author, Jackson W. Carroll lists the “Most-Read Authors by Denominational Tradition.” Jackson says, “Not only did we ask how many hours they spend in general reading, but we also asked what three authors they most often read in relation to their work as pastors.”
Below is the list of authors listed by professional clergy. The list is in order from 1-10 with the authors at the top being the most read.
Henri J. M. Nouwen
J. Vernon McGee
My top three in relation to my pastoral work: Henri Nouwen, Eugene Peterson and Dietrich Bonhoneffer. What are yours?