Thursday, July 20, 2023

Broken Yet Called by Terrance J Rollerson Blog Tour Book Review

About the Book

Book: Broken Yet Called: A Leader’s Journey to Renewal and Restoration

Author: Terrance Rollerson

Genre: Religion / Spirituality

Release Date: July 12, 2022

Everyone experiences brokenness at one point in their life, but are we prepared to handle these tough situations in a biblical and effective way? In Broken Yet Called, Terrance Rollerson equips church leaders and members to approach these situations with love, perspective, and a clear vision for the role God would have us play in each other’s lives.What should we do when brokenness comes? How should a church respond when a member experiences brokenness? How about when the brokenness comes in the life of a pastor? How should our response differ from that of the world?It’s time that we, the people of God, flip the script. It’s time to see brokenness as an opportunity to find redemption, renewal, and restoration. Rollerson believes the Church has a crucial role to play in all of this as we seek to better support those involved in ministry.Come along this journey where there is grace and healing for both the church and the individual! It will take time, humility, patience, and a radical pursuit of God. When brokenness comes, the called people of God will show themselves to be like Christ, ready to be a part of God’s great redemptive work!

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My Review

This is a good book for broken pastors. Rollerson shares his own experience of failing in his pastoral role and his subsequent healing and restoration. He places emphasis on grace and the necessity of seeing both pastor and congregation as part of the Body of Christ. He has good suggestions for what congregations can do now to prepare for issues that might arise in the future. He notes if a congregation does not deal with the issues concerning a failed relationship now, they may carry the problems forward to the next pastor.

As one who has been on the congregational side of pastoral failure I was glad to see Rollerson write of pastors, “Taking responsibility for what we need to own is one of the most important steps in our healing journey.” (10646/21209) In my experience, a pastor owning the problem is rare, rather blaming the congregation for failure. I would hope the pastor would not only admit the failure but also be encouraged to ask the forgiveness of the congregation he or she has hurt, something I have not seen happen. I was glad to see the suggested restoration process of the pastor included the wise decision of having an accountability group of pastors and friends help in the healing. My denomination also has resources to help the congregation heal.

Since Rollerson is a pastor, this book is written from a pastor's viewpoint and gives more attention to the healing of the pastor than the healing of the congregation. It does contain good information for a church board or congregation to read prior to calling a pastor.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author

Rev. Terrance J. Rollerson has pastored six churches over the span of twenty plus years in Minnesota and Michigan. Two passions that have guided him throughout his pastoral career are loving people and multi-ethnic ministry. He earned his Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is ordained with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Terrance has been married to Michelle for thirty years and considers it a great blessing to be father to Micayla and Elijah.

More from Terrance

Let me start with the end in mind.

There is great joy in being gracefully broken. Some of the greatest pain can bring new insight into our lives. This was true for me in writing, Broken Yet Called. I was riding high as a new pastor of what would be my perfect church to pastor. Amid experiencing one of the hardest moments in life, I felt like I heard God say to me that it would be a season of writing.

Let’s stop there for a moment.

At this point, I need you to understand something about me. I am not a person that would say my go-to is reading or writing books. I have struggled in this area for many years due to my dyslexia. My actual response to God was, “God do you know whom you’re talking to.” How could I enter a season of writing? There was no point of reference from which I could draw from. The only thing I knew to do was to be obedient to the God I have served for years. So I stepped in and did not worry about what I was about to write. Rather, I made it about just speaking to my friend. The friend with whom I felt safe to share everything I had been through. This included deep sadness, broken dreams, profound pain, and a reflection on my own brokenness.

Over a year during COVID, I took moments to write in small enough chunks—not to overwhelm myself with the writing process. I just wrote what most stood out with what I had gone through and what I was going through. The words found in Broken Yet Called were penned during the season of my pain and how I lived through it to find my way to renewal and restoration.

When I talk about being gracefully broken, it is what you find when you allow God to do the necessary work to bring you to a place of renewed hope. If you are looking for a guide to help you with your journey through some brokenness, I encourage you to read Broken Yet Called. It is my prayer that you, just like me, would find that space between the pain of your brokenness and the grace of your brokenness. This is the place where God shows up in some powerful ways. I wrote this book to help someone understand that we are called by God in many ways, even with our brokenness.

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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)


Rita Wray said...

Thank you for the review.

Bea LaRocca said...

Thank you for sharing your review of Broken Yet Called

Michael Law said...

This looks like a spiritual journey. Definitely interested in reading this one.

marisela zuniga said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book

Emma said...

This sounds very good and helpful.