Mondays with My Old Pastor tells the story of a young but burnt out pastor in need of Spiritual renewal. The title and the artwork on the cover really grabbed my attention and I was excited to get this book, which had many great reviews. Unfortunately the story, written by Jose Luis Navajo, did not meet my expectations.
I was hoping to hear a true story–or at least one based on a true story–about advice from one pastor to another. The younger pastor meets with his former pastor in his desert retirement home each Monday and the old pastor tells stories from his ministry. Most of these stories seem to be Spanish folk tales. The book, which gave the impression that it was a true story, is clearly embellished, if not completely made up. The story is fully of nice little one-liner inspirational quips:
“Life doesn’t start when you’re twenty, or when you’re forty. Life starts at Calvary. And that’s where fruitful service begins as well.”
“They may cut down all the flowers but they won’t be able to stop Spring from coming.”
It would have been better if these types of poetical inspirations had been summaries of scriptural advice, but there is very little in the way of scripture at all in this book. Over all there is a sense of romanticized symbolism (reappearing red roses, dreams, etc.). Honestly, one might be able to enjoy this as just as story, but it seems to set itself up as something it is not, which is part of why I felt so disappointed with it.
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