Book Reviews for Dr Daniel E Pann
|Date:||April 25, 2006|
|Title: Fished All Night for Nothing
Author: Dr. Daniel E. Pann
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
Genre: Christian Living/Evangelism
Reviewer: Deborah Porter
Having thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Daniel Pann?s first book, A Pregnant Woman Beat Me, I have to admit that I was more than a little eager to read his next offering, Fished All Night for Nothing--and I certainly wasn?t disappointed.
Whether you are an avid angler, like Dr. Pann, or whether you are someone, like me, who doesn?t know a fish hook from a fly, there is so much to enjoy in this 184-page collection of fishy tales, which have been gathered from the author?s years of sitting on river banks or wading waist-deep in water.
It would be very easy to say that Fished All Night for Nothing is purely about evangelism, because that aspect is definitely the heartbeat of the message from first page to last. The book has very clearly been written from the author?s genuine and quite sympathetic understanding that most Christians have misgivings and apprehensions about sharing their faith. However, to categorize it as simply a manual about being an evangelist, is really a major understatement. It is so much more.
Using delightful, and often humorous, anecdotes to highlight some very Biblical teaching, Dr. Pann inspires, encourages and challenges his readers to move from simply thinking, hearing and reading about going fishing for men, to actually pulling on their waders, grabbing their rod and creel, and heading to the nearest "river."
At the same time, Fished All Night for Nothing also nets a great catch of personal stories that are downright enjoyable and inspirational--where the fish play second fiddle to the people and relationships involved. The chapter entitled "Fish and Three Little Old Ladies," is a case in point. It brought a tear to my eye as the author cast his line and hooked me in the heart. As Dr. Pann concluded at the end of that section, "It?s those kind of stories that keep us fishing." This reviewer believes that it?s also those kind of stories that will keep the reader turning pages.
In the same style as A Pregnant Woman Beat Me, Dr. Pann?s second book is one that can either be dived into and read from cover to cover, or just as easily dipped into at the reader?s leisure--one chapter at a time--as each section has a complete message which stands very comfortably alone. Because of this, the book could be used, quite effectively, as a 20-day devotional, or even for group discussions. Chapters of the book would definitely work extremely well as the focus for a men?s retreat.
My copy of Fished All Night for Nothing is looking a little worn right now. The pages are well-thumbed, and the cover is a bit bent at the corners. These are all signs that confirm that this is the sort of book a reader will want to "live in" from start to finish. Then they?ll probably want to find a peaceful river bank and discover the joys of fishing, spiritually and in reality, for themselves.
I know I do.
|Date:||August 15, 2005|
|Review by Di Moore, Faithwriters Magazine
Title: A Pregnant Woman Beat Me
Author: Dr. Daniel E. Pann
Twenty-four-year veteran Pastor, Dr. Daniel Pann, gave up his aspirations to be an electrician to follow the call of God on his life. He has accumulated a plethora of preacher stories, some of the more comical he has shared in this anthology.
In the preface, Pann states that he hopes to encourage "every Pastor who has ever strapped it back on come Monday morning." He further hopes to encourage lay people and pastors alike to "press on, to remind ourselves that we're not alone in the fight, and recall there are many sides to the ministry we often forget."
With chapters titled, "I'm Going to Shoot Me a Preacher," "Almost Dead," "The Bible Doesn't Say That," and "The Perils of Visitation," Pann illustrates his ability to both laugh at life and learn from the most observed situations.
20 stories about being a preacher, the people he comes into contact with, and wide, complete the short story collection.
The title story, A Pregnant Woman Beat Me, relates his trials and tribulations of the runner ? a form of exercise began to ward off heart disease complications. In his self-deprecating way, Dr. Pann tells of his noble effort to finish the race, and in the process, being left in the dust by a six-month pregnant woman, a grandmother and various others, some qualified as geezers. The author uses this experience to illustrate how God uses our desires and activity is good to keep us going while keeping us humble.
Fans of Father Tim and the Jan Karon Mitford series will enjoy the escapades of Pastor Pann.
|Date:||July 15, 2005|
|Review by Deborah Porter, Editor-in-Chief, Faithwriters Magazine
A Pregnant Woman Beat Me & Foreward to: Fished All Night For Nothing
Daniel Pann has a gift of sharing his life, experience and teaching in a way that is natural, down to earth and tied together with a delightful dash of good humor. His style of communication would work just as well with friends chatting around the kitchen table, as it does within the written pages of a book. I highly recommend taking time out to grab a cup of coffee and relax with one of Daniel's books - it will leave you feeling as though you've just spent a wonderful afternoon with a dearly loved friend.
|Date:||May 1, 2005|
|Review by Gail Slaughter, Jackson Citizen Patriot
HILLSDALE MINISTER CONSTRUCTS POIGNANT MEMOIR
"A Pregnant Woman Beat Me" is the intriguing title of a new book by Hillsdale minister the Rev. Daniel E. Pann.
It turns out the expectant mother passed an exhausted Pann in a foot race. The book is a humorous, sometimes, poignant, memoir of Pann's 24 years in the ministry.
During a visitation for example, a cat claws and clings to the seat of Pann's pants: Another time, he helps a deacon castrate calves. He also counsels an array of eccentric families. He survives brain surgery.
Pann wrote the book "so people can see that pastors are ordinary people, and to encourage people who may be discouraged," he said.
Pann was born in Hillsdale and grew up in several parts of Michigan. He served churches in Arizona and the Upper Peninsula before returning to Hillsdale Baptist Church. He and his wife Cindy, have three children and two grandchildren.
"A Pregnant Woman Beat Me" is available at Publishamerica.com and amazon.com as well as his own Web site, drpann.com, where he has a daily blog of his experiences and observations.