Originally published in 1980 and now being reprinted to meet
continuing demand, Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work shows how five
Old Testament books provide a solid foundation for much of what a
pastor does:

  • Prayer-Directing: Song of Songs
  • Story-Making: Ruth
  • Pain-Sharing: Lamentations
  • Nay-Saying: Ecclesiastes
  • Community-Building: Esther

Pointing to the relevance of ancient wisdom, adapting Jewish
religious tradition to contemporary pastoral practice, and affirming a
significant link between pastoral work and the act of worship, this
book opens up to pastors a wealth of valuable practical-theological