“A tour de force in spiritual theology, combining incisive cultural analysis and biblical exposition with a sweeping and engaging vision of the Christian life.”
“Rich, generous, and wise, Peterson’s ‘conversation’ will help readers at every stage of faith to live their faith more deeply.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Eugene Peterson keeps surprising us. It is hard to imagine where he will go next with his spiritual theology…His pen hugely blesses the church.”-The Christian Century
Eugene Peterson is convinced that the way we read the Bible is as important as that we read it. Do we read the Bible for information about God and salvation, for principles and “truths” that we can use to live better? Or do we read it in order to listen to God and respond in prayer and obedience?
The second part of Peterson’s momentous five-volume work on spiritual theology, Eat This Book challenges us to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as God’s revelation, and to live them as we read them. With warmth and wisdom Peterson offers greatly needed, down-to-earth counsel on spiritual reading. In these pages he draws readers into a fascinating conversation on the nature of language, the ancient practice of lectio divina, and the role of Scripture translations; included here is the “inside story” behind Peterson’s own popular Bible translation, The Message.
Countering the widespread practice of using the Bible for self-serving purposes, Peterson here serves readers with a nourishing entrée into the formative, life-changing art of spiritual reading.
- This meal continues to nourish, digest...
This meal continues to nourish, digest and enrich. It pares away the excess of the pious and brings out the kernel of faith in God's love. And yes there will be indigestion and yes there will be questions asked of the listener; but that's what happened to Jesus when He walked the Earth. A revelation with a menu!
- Outstanding - a re-orientation of ones...
Outstanding - a re-orientation of ones thoughts and perspective of the Scriptures.
- Grover Gardner's precise narration conveys Peterson's...
Grover Gardner's precise narration conveys Peterson's somewhat redundant message on spiritual reading with simplicity. Using the examples of the angel speaking to John, the Revelator, from the Book of Revelation, and Ezekiel, the biblical prophet, Gardner captures the simile in ringing tones, when he says, "Eat the Book." Spiritual reading can be likened to a dog chewing on a succulent, juicy bone. Just as the dog chews, savors, and lingers over its bone, Peterson recommends that Christians chew and savor and linger over Holy Scripture. Gardner’s gentle vocal personality lends itself well to persuasion as he gives full value to the details of spiritual reading and encourages listeners to regain the lost art of biblical meditation. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine