To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
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â€śIf you had to choose one book to help a person embarking on pastoral ministry, what would it be?â€ť We posed that question to some pastors and professors. Here are their choices. â€”Ed.
Woolfâ€™s novel meticulously details the hidden dimensions of human life to which ministers should be attentive: the unknowable more that each person contains; the distances across which we try to connect; the ordinary illuminations our lives offer, â€śmatches struck in the dark.â€ť
Woolfâ€™s novel also mourns warmaking as the extinguishing of light and creativity and offers a vision of the artistâ€”a vision I want to claim for the minister as wellâ€”as a lover whose work it is to create from disparate fragments new wholes â€śover which thought lingers, and love plays.â€ť Woolf sharpens our attention to the world around us and makes us want to live differentlyâ€”like the best ministers do.
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