Endorsements & Reviews-
"A wonderful blending of communal observations and deep spiritual insight. Rev. Taylor-Troutman sees the connection between the faith and community, and in the sharing of his experience invites us to see and learn from that connection. An excellent resource for any new pastor starting a faith journey with a congregation, or a seasoned pastor reflecting anew."
--Brian K. Blount
President and Professor of New Testament
Union Presbyterian Seminary
"If you want to know what first-year pastoral ministry is, read this book . . . Taylor Troutman evokes the possibility of community, of deep and abiding faith in God, of family ties and committed relationships . . . His strength is the courage to ask questions, to live with ambiguity, to keep the faith, and to listen deeply to those who know him as their pastor."
Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
"Take My Hand is a great telling of a first-year pastor living in his first congregation . . . [The] writing is very gracious and mirrors what happens right there at the 'ground of the fabric' where our theologies are built, our prayers are shared, our world views reshaped, and our love of God and one another deeply nourished."
Associate Professor of Worship and Preaching
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
"Georgia O'Keefe said that 'no one really looks at a flower,' and then she invited us to see the beauty of those blossoms that we ordinarily take for granted. A true artist arrests us in our busyness and calls us to notice the mysterious in the mundane. Andrew Taylor-Troutman displays this gift in Take My Hand. As he leads us through his first year as a pastor, Taylor-Troutman gives us a glimpse of the depth."
--Carol Howard Merritt
Pastor, Western Presbyterian Church
"Andrew Taylor-Troutman has written a delightful pastoral memoir, full of human insights and theological truths. It is in the best sense an encouraging book to any and all who aspire to the title 'Pastor.' I recommend it highly."
Duke Divinity School