Ruth Haley Barton
During my first year in vocational ministry, a wise mentor told me, “The best thing you can do for the people you lead is to take care of your soul.” Ruth Haley Barton would agree. It is so easy to let the busyness and business of ministry consume us and become a substitute for our personal intimacy with God. This book is a compelling invitation to examine our souls and pay attention to what God is doing deep within us through this “crucible of ministry.” An experienced ministry leader and president of The Transforming Center (a ministry to pastors and Christian leaders), Barton is an excellent guide along this challenging process of excavating and healing our souls. She provides insights gleaned from the life of Moses, spiritual practices, prayers, and encouragement on topics unique to leadership in ministry. This book is also a helpful tool in increasing our alertness of God’s activity in our lives so that we can participate in His transforming work, not just for our good but for the good of those we lead. —Carolyn Taketa of Calvary Community Church
—Amy Jackson is managing editor of SmallGroups.com.