Book Reviews

Book Review: The Care of Souls (Harold Senkbeil)

There is so much more that I could write, but throughout his book Senkbeil reminds pastors about the power of God’s word (though as a Lutheran he also gives more emphasis to the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper than I do. I also disagree with him on the pastor being able to absolve someone of their sins.) God reveals himself to us through his Word, and pastors need to know it well if they are going to provide accurate care for their members’ acute needs. This book is not at all a textbook. It is more like having Senkbeil himself sitting there talking to you. The details he adds to stories aren’t necessary, but they are appreciated. It is like having my grandfather with me telling me about his ministry as a pastor to his congregation. While that means this isn’t a book you should try to read in one sitting, it is one that is written with warmth and wisdom. The pastorate isn’t a job. It is a service under God, one that you get to (and must) craft. Senkbeil’s book, an encouragement for many pastors already, will help you see and understand that.


  • Author: Harold L. Senkbeil
  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Lexham Press (June 26, 2019)

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Disclosure: I received this book free from Lexham Press. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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  1. Appreciate this review. Others are finding this book helpful for considering how God is active in pastoral ministry, not just a human endeavor funded by “strategic” programs, demographic targeting, and tech-driven decision-making.


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