H. Dana Fearon lll with Gordon S. Mikoski
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2013, 138 pp., $14.50

Straining at the Oars is a good book for newer pastors who would like to make a long-term commitment to full-time ministry. This book will help them grow into a position.

Dana Fearon is a former pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America and the book is largely based on his experiences in a church leadership position. There are 21 case studies from different areas of ministry. Chapters 2 and 3 are on public and private prayer. Church staffing issues can be challenging, and is a topic that’s addressed in chapter 20. There are discussion questions at the end of every chapter. This is good resource for older pastors who are mentoring younger pastors.

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