In this profound, hilariously humbling novel, Miller introduces fairway-weather Sam, a misguided minister who is free to hit the golf course more often now that he’s read and mastered the megachurch manifesto, Physician, Heal Thyself: How to Kiss Pastoral Care Good-bye Forever. Sam has learned how to rely on church committees to “zone” himself out of tending to the sick and needy. In satirizing today’s big-box professionalizing of ministry, Miller clearly demonstrates that no matter how large or complex a church might become, a shepherd’s top priority is always to keep close watch over his flock.
Calvin Miller retired in 2007 as professor of preaching and pastoral ministry at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University. He received his D.Min. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and previously served as pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Miller is a poet, artist, novelist, and evangelist and has written more than 40 books and numerous articles on religion and preaching.