You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges
by Albert N. Martin (Mentor, November 2013)
A website dedicated to serving church leaders observes, “Pastors are in a dangerous occupation! . . . We found that over 70% of pastors are so stressed out and burned out that they regularly consider leaving the ministry.” The statistics are staggering. “Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches.”
Albert N. Martin’s pen has brought much needed light to this dark subject. Few men can write with such keen insight and down to earth yet heavenly help.
After an introduction that explains what the author means by “ministerial backsliding and burnout,” chapters deal with topics such as distractions from devotion, trading off a good conscience, and caution about studies confined to sermon preparation, to name a few.
The chapter entitled “Isolation from the Congregation” contains sage advice not commonly found in most books on the ministry: “Though pastors and teachers are given to the church for a specific and prominent function within the body, they are not exempt from an organic connection to the body.” Those who know Albert N. Martin well can testify that this is no mere theory with him. He practices what he preaches.
We highly commend this book to every pastor who desires to run and finish well.
 http://www.intothyword.org/apps/articles/?articleid=36562 (both quotes, accessed 25 October 2013).