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Baker Books Pastors in the Classics: Timeless Lessons on Life and Ministry from World Literature

Throughout the history of English literature, church ministers have figured prominently in novels, plays, morality tales, and even poetry. Pastors in the Classics is a unique, unprecedented examination of master literary works as they portray the Christian minister and his/her experience. Literary masterpieces include The Canterbury Tales, The Scarlet letter, The Diary of a Country Priest, Silence, Gilead, Cry, the Beloved Country, and many more.

Part 1 is a reader's guide to twelve important classics written over four centuries and covering seven different nationalities. Each chapter describes and interprets the work in question, and highlights a specific feature of pastoral ministry explored in the work.

Part 2 is a handbook that defines the canon of literary masterpieces that deal with the pastor's experience, offering reading suggestions for both ministers and lovers of literature. From the familiar (The Canterbury Tales; Cry, the Beloved Country; and The Scarlet Letter) to the lesser-known (Silence, Witch Wood) to the surprising (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man), this collection uncovers the good, the bad, and the ugly ways in which pastors have been presented to the reading public for the past half millennium.
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