by Rich Earl
By Rich Earl
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In answer to the unique needs of pastors and Christian leaders, Richard Earl has developed an impressive collection of 52 profound thoughts for the “Shepherds of God’s Flock”, intended for use on Monday mornings, when the leader's spiritual fuel tank is sometimes low. The entries are drawn from some of the most powerful Christian authors and thinkers.
Specifically aimed at those who sometimes feel that they toil in obscurity, it is our hope that this little volume will serve as a healing salve of sorts in the life of the shepherd. The book contains weekly devotional thoughts, scripture, quotes, exercises and space for journaling and has been widely praised for hitting the mark.
Endorsements: “Richard Earl has compiled a wonderful collection of Monday morning devotionals for the pastor from 52 of the church’s greatest writers. They are choice, golden nuggets that will challenge the mind and encourage the spirit.“ George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God
"I don't recall how I ran across Shepherds Balm but it has released an "umph" in my spiritual life. I usually don't read devotional books, but Shepherds Balm captured me all the way through. I rate "inner life" books according to how they stir up my heart versus any other possible consideration. Richard's book stirred me big time! I reread some of the entries to fully soak in what the Spirit spoke to me. If you are looking for a new release of the Spirit's presence, pick this up and be a sponge with it. I've been reading a section on Monday mornings, and have found it extremely comforting. The work of ministry is often depleting. Quite often we wonder whether we're making a difference. And generally speaking there isn't a whole lot of glamour associated with it, though there are many opportunities which if not at the moment in retrospect are truly blessings. Anyway, thank you for the gift. And please know that for a least one of us, it has made a real difference." Steve Hollinger
"Richard Earl has crafted an eloquent collage of prose and poetry, images and journaling space, to soothe a pastor's soul and heal emotional wounds—in short, a first-aid kit filled with psychological and spiritual supplies that help pastors stay fit while tending the Lord's flock." Dan Montgomery, Ph.D., Psychologist, author of Pastoral Counseling & Coaching
“What a great book, and it could not have come at a better time. I opened it up last night, and read the entire book. I am looking forward to reading it again. I'm sure I missed something.” Roger Fudge- pastor in Connecticut
"...the book is brilliant. So rich and deep. I think it is on its way to becoming a classic if pastors can grab a hold of how good it is!" Shelley Carl- Missionary to Japan