BEGINNING YOUR MINISTRY by Samuel M. Shoemaker
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BEGINNING YOUR MINISTRY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There are many who have known ""Sam"" Shoemaker in the days when he was a leader in the ""Oxford Movement"", or during his rectorships at Calvary Church, New York and Calvary Church, Pittsburgh. They all remember him for the infectious enthusiam with which he practised his ministry with his constant emphasis on personal evangelism growing out of personal conversion and commitment. Denominational shibboleths didn't stand a chance before his impatient zeal to remove any and all obstructions which so often intruded themselves between men and God. All sorts and conditions of men responded to him (and his Lord) because he so plainly cared for them. All this and more is now reflected in a book he has written from his retirement, interpreting the ministry to a new generation of aspiring ministers as he has come to know it, its joys, and its heartaches, its hopes and its illusions. His testimony is that if he had his life to live over again he would be content to live it the same way in the same places. He concludes with Unamuno's prayer, addressed to all who are beginning their ministry. ""May God deny peace, but give you glory."" It is not only the newly, or about to be ordained who should read this book, but those farther along who have yet to find the glory of their calling. There may yet be time.

Pub Date: July 14th, 1963
Publisher: Harper & Row