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For the last ten years, Dale Frimodt has directed Barnabas Ministries in Omaha, Nebraska, giving counseling and encouragement to pastors and their families. These are his recommended books dealing with the sexual side of ministry.

The Myth of the Greener Grass by J. Allen Petersen, Tyndale, 1983

Petersen helps us recognize the enemy we so often battle, an enemy that seems to present itself with especially great allurement when we struggle in other areas of life. Through the interviews he includes, we are likely to see how easily we, too, could fall.

Petersen's honest discussion and helpful advice are right on target. His realistic appraisal helps demythologize the lie of greener grass.

Divorce in the Parsonage by Mary LaGrand Bouma, Bethany Fellowship, 1979

The wife of a pastor, Bouma has seen the good and the less-than-good aspects of the ministry. This allows her to give some down-to-earth suggestions for a successful ministry marriage.

The part I found most helpful, however, was the section ...

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