Reading the Rev. Claire Fergusson mysteries made me think of another book, The Wounded Healer by Henri J.M. Nouwen.
The Wounded Healer is short, fewer than 150 pages. But I always find it hard to read.
The 1972 book is dated. Its stilted, sexist language has made it so that I've had to read it in parts over the years.
Still, The Wounded Healer has good ideas, not the least of which is the idea that ministers minister out of their own wounds and sinfulness. That's what made me think of Claire.
Here is one quote from Henri J.M. Nouwen's The Wounded Healer--
"...the minister is called to recognize the sufferings of his time in his own heart and make that recognition the starting point of his service. Whether he tries to enter into a dislocated world, relate to a convulsive generation, or speak to a dying man, his service will not be perceived as authentic unless it comes from a heart wounded by the suffering about which he speaks."
Sometimes I wonder if the Claire Fergusson series is Julia Spencer-Fleming's answer to all those minister mysteries written by people who were never ministers. Claire is so much more human than the other ministers I've read about in mysteries.
If you are interested in minister mysteries and you've not read the Claire Fergusson books, you might want to try them. Those books are listed in my "Joe's Reading Lists" posts at the right hand side of this blog.