The table of contents and preface put forth a structure and a topic--the task of the professional minister as remembrance of Jesus Christ--and leave the author free to say what is on his mind. He does indeed tell the reader that the value of the minister lies in his personal life with God, rather than in attempting to be ""with"" his people all the time, but this sometimes sounds like little more than naked assertion, even if repeated. The book is at least equally interesting as a disquisition on memories, collective and individual, as guide, comforter, and warning. Passages from the novels of Elie Wiesel are used effectively throughout as a springboard for the argument, with formal recourse to ""Remember the Lord your God who brought you up,"" etc. Nouwen, now of the Yale Divinity School, has assimilated the insights of the behavioral sciences and caring professions, and this, with his strong pastoral intent, lies behind what he says. Even in this short book, he stands far above the mediocrity of most current religious writing.