4 out of 4 stars
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Pastoring Is Not What You Think is a religious memoir of pastor Job written by Elijah Oladimeji. It is a reflection of the dark side of pastoring which has never been revealed to the layman. The title of the book is developed to forecasts what the novel will entail. The cover, which shows a congregation in a church and a pastor who holds a bible, reveals that the story is set in a church. Pastor Job, who is a minister at the Church of All Grace, is the protagonist in the novel, and through his wife Lorraine, the reader gets to know who he really is.
I liked reading the novel for its sincere tone concerning the struggles that pastors undergo through in preaching the gospel. The association between the parishioners with the pastors as well as the pastor's family relations are highlighted. They have challenges which they take to the pastor, hoping that he will address them as a man of God. The story in this novel unfolds systematically despite the fact that the narrative is short. Additionary, Elijah Oladimeji was able to gather a lot of information which has been discussed in the book, allowing the novel to revolve around many themes.
Elijah Oladimeji is a pastor and it is not surprising that this novel is written from a religious perspective and also his own life experience. Pastoring Is Not What You Think is not the only novel he has authored with a view of addressing the life's of pastors as he has authored another novel 'Our Pastor Has Gone Mad' which he released on February 2017.
The conflict of the story in this novel begins when pastor Job carries the burden of consecrating the needs of his church and the family to God believing in the divine providence which will come from heaven. The resolution is brought out in the last chapters of the novel where God manifests himself and helps the people. Though a fiction, the novel will carry you to a point of seeing the reality that underly in our churches today and the type of life that our pastors do live.
I have no reason to give this book a negative rating because the story was interesting. I, therefore, rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this novel to lovers of books of faith and Christians who are inspired by fictional religious novels.
Pastoring is not what you think
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