Book Review: Mondays With My Old Pastor

 Powerful. Reflective. Encouraging. Convicting. These four words (and many others) are what come to mind when I reflect on this book.

“Mondays With My Old Pastor” by José Luis Navajo is a young pastor’s reflection on the lessons that he learned by spending time being mentored by his “old pastor” during a rough season of his ministry. He spends several hours each Monday for fifteen weeks learning from the immense wisdom of this man who loves the Lord more than anything. The lessons are not always easy to swallow or to live out, but the young pastor knows that these lessons are absolutely imperative to his life, marriage, and ministry.

As I read the book, I was struck at times by two emotions: I was so excited to get to the next lesson to see what he’d say next, but at the same time I wanted to spend hours reflecting on the wisdom I had just read because I felt like it had passed by too quickly. Each page contains many quotes that you could think about for a long time. In our society, “old pastors” aren’t always held in high esteem (or are dismissed entirely) because they may not be current with our culture…and I think that’s a huge mistake that has caused negative ramifications. We need to be learning through the wisdom of the older generations!

This is a book that personifies the New Testament idea of “making disciples” and passing on the wisdom that we have gleaned. I was convicted by so much in this book and I feel as though I was the one sitting at the feet of this “old pastor” for hours. It left me longing for the deep relationship this “old pastor” had with the Lord, and I’m excited to live out his lessons. I am so thankful for the mentors that God has placed in my life, and I feel like I just gained another through this book.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com in exchange for my honest review.

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