A steeple chase

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leadeEW I


A steeple chase


Philip Formo








190 pages


Richard Hanson is a Lutheran pastor in the Midwest and this chronicles three of his pastoral positions. In each of these churches, Hanson and his family learn different things, their idea of shepherding a church changes and enlarges and their faith grows: pastoring a farming community, responding to tragedies such as illness and deaths and then being the senior pastor in his hometown of Minneapolis.

I picked this book up thinking it would be very Philip Gulley-esque. While it did have some aspects that were similar, I felt that A Steeple Chase was a more serious book so entertaining in a way that was more thoughtful than I had anticipated.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of Christian fiction, Phillip Gulley-type books

Christian Impact:

Gives readers insights into the life of a pastor and his congregation

A Steeple Chase

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

One Response to “A steeple chase”

  1. I very much appreciated the humor and reflective nature of this book. Overall, an entertaining and light-hearted take on pastoring, with life-like situations mixed in. Definitely would recommend this book as an addition to church libraries, and would echo the reviewer’s comments as a good choice for fans of Christian fiction.

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