This week, in honor of Clergy Appreciation Month in October, we’ve been featuring great books for pastors, as selected by real-life Reverends Brian Hedges and Jonathon Bakker.

Today, we close out the series by sharing three of our own recommended reads for pastors.

Called to Lead: Paul’s Letters to Timothy for a New Day
Anthony B. Robinson and Robert W. Wall

Called to LeadIn this sequel to their previous volume, Called to Be Church: The Book of Acts for a New Day, pastoral leader Anthony Robinson and biblical scholar Robert Wall expound Paul’s two pastoral letters to Timothy, which contain crucial messages for church leaders today. Featuring both careful exegetical study and dynamic contemporary exposition, Called to Lead interprets the text of 1 and 2 Timothy as Scripture and applies it to today’s church — without shying away from vexing issues such as the church’s use of money, leadership succession, pastoral authority, and the role of Scripture.

Read a conversation with Anthony Robinson and Robert Wall here on EerdWord.

This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers
Lillian Daniel and Martin B. Copenhaver

This Odd and Wondrous CallingThis Odd and Wondrous Calling offers something different from the many books available on ministry. It is a book both honest about the challenges of the vocation and reflective of its joy from two people still pastoring.

Anecdotal and readable, the book covers a diversity of subjects revealing the incredible variety of a pastor’s day. The chapters move from comedy to pathos, story to theology, Scripture to contemporary culture. This Odd and Wondrous Calling is both serious and fun — and is ideal for those who are considering the ministry or who want a better understanding of what it means to live and serve as a minister.

Letters to New Pastors
Michael Jinkins

Letters to New PastorsPresented as the letters of a mature pastor to several fictional recipients, Letters to New Pastors delves into the professional, emotional, and spiritual needs of those new to the ministry. In a manner reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’s Letters to Malcolm and Reinhold Niebuhr’s Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic, Michael Jinkins connects readers with valuable pastoral wisdom gleaned from his years of ministry and from the riches of the Christian past. In these letters Jinkins explores such themes as developing one’s own spiritual life, finding balance amid conflicting demands, and rediscovering the meaning of Christ’s call for the church’s future. Written in a comfortable, personal style, Jinkins’s Letters to New Pastors is ideal not only for new pastors but also for anyone seeking to better understand the challenges facing those in ministry today.

Click to view our featured collection of books for pastors on Eerdmans.com, to read Clergy Appreciation Month posts from Pastor Jonathon BakkerPastor Brian HedgesPastor Kenneth Bomberger and Pastor David Drake, or to read Rachel Bomberger’s posts on The Pastor as Minor Poet and Two Old Books for New Pastors