Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church

Discover what it means for a pastor and a church to do the slow work of ministry in community

Eerdmans Summary

Jonas McAnn is a weary pastor without a congregation, trapped in a dead-end insurance job. Granby Presbyterian is a weary congregation without a pastor, overwhelmed by the prospect of finding someone who actually wants to be a pastor – not a manager, coach, or CEO.

When Granby’s pastoral search committee and Jonas connect through handwritten letters passed back and forth, something sparks between them – something so real and refreshing that even after Jonas and his family move to Granby, he continues the regular practice of writing letters to his congregation.

Spanning seven years of his ministry at Granby Presbyterian, Jonas’s letters ruminate on everything from fly-fishing to the Nicene Creed. They reveal the earthy spirituality woven into the joys and sorrows of the people of Granby, the community of the church, and Jonas’ own unfolding story.

Listeners will discover what it means for a pastor and a church to do the slow work of ministry in community—anchored by a common place and buoyed by a life of faith that is meaningful, rooted, and true.

©2018 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (P) 2017 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Author: Winn Collier | Narrator: Trevor Thompson | Length: 3 hrs, 26 mins | Unabridged | English | $14.95 / 1 Audible Credit


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Praise for Love Big, Be Well

Eugene H. Peterson
— author of The Message and The Contemplative Pastor
“This book is a tour de force—an angle on understanding the life of both congregation and pastor that exceeds anything I have ever read. No directions, no programs, just an immersion into what really takes place in the life of a congregation and a pastor. Winn Collier’s writing is alive.”

Seth Haines
— author of Coming Clean: A Story of Faith
“There are some stories so well written, so layered with meaning, so humble and true, that they should be read, reread, and reread again. Winn Collier has written that kind of story. The honesty in these pages would work a sort of sobriety into us—pastors and parishioners alike—if we’d let it.”

Robert Benson
— author of Punching Holes in the Dark
“Collier writes strong and true, happy and sad, funny and wise, heavy and light. I never fail to read anything that he writes. If you are a lover of words and wisdom on the printed page, you should read him too. This book is a fine place to start.”

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