In Working the Angles, Peterson calls the attention of his fellow
pastors to three basic acts—which he sees as the three angles of a
triangle—that are so critical to the pastoral ministry that they
determine the shape of everything else. The acts—prayer, reading
Scripture, and giving spiritual direction—are acts of attention to God
in three different contexts: oneself, the community of faith, and
another person. Only by being attentive to these three critical acts,
says Peterson, can pastors fulfill their prime responsibility of
keeping the religious community attentive to God.
Written out of the author’s own experience as pastor of a “single
pastor church,” this well-written, provocative book will be stimulating
reading for lay Christians and pastors alike.