“Practical and helpful”
I think this book does a wonderful job of 'humanising' the pastor. Few ministers put themselves on a pedestal, but sometimes we do. Even if we keep our perspective straight, we may still not actually treat them like what they should be - a human being like the rest of us, needing friends, accountability, encouragement, prayer, challenging, building up. For church elders and members, I would recommend reading this book alongside another of Christopher Ash's brilliant contributions, 'Zeal without Burnout'; both paint a picture of some of the challenges (and potentially, the loneliness) that can face those in full-time ministry, and offer a wealth of simple advice to help us care for each other. Both books are easy to read, concise and warm.