This was a question recently posed to me by a younger friend who is considering entering pastoral ministry. Honestly, I hate this question because it forces me to make a short list out of what should be a very long one. But I also love this question because it allows me the opportunity to spend time in my library just staring at the shelves and remembering which books have impacted me.
I'm going to spend the next few days (as time allows, which isn't much) thinking this through. Perhaps my readers will want to jump in on this one. Let's limit the number of authors to 5. Feel free to comment and live your list (roughly in order of priority).
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