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. But Peterson has a problem—a big one—which is that his theology is, if not heretical, then fuzzy-headed, ambiguous, and out of step with orthodoxy. Download and start listening now! Scripture is his spoken words to us, and exegesis — attempts to draw out the implications of the text — means submitting to the text and the God who wrote it. Meditation enters into the coherent universe of God's revelation. Peterson writes candidly and with a zeal for Scripture that any theologian can appreciate. That is the narrative lo and behold, I was still being moved by a story! We also find ourselves in the story. Instead of limiting liturgy to the ordering of the community in discrete acts of worship, I want to use it in this large and comprehensive way, the centuries-deep and continents-wide community, spread out in space and time, as Christians participate in actions initiated and formed by the words in this book - our entire existence understood liturgically, that is connectedly in the context of the three personal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and furnished with the text of the Holy Scripture.
I find this ancient mode of reading Scripture of vast influence in my own devotional life. And thank goodness, for if we keep at this long enough, prayer by prayer, we find ourselves living in a reality that is far larger, far lovelier, far better. After retiring from full-time teaching, Eugene and his wife Jan lived in the Big Sky Country of rural Montana. No one is standing around watching. So he teaches us how to do that, by being carefully attuned listeners, obedient listeners. A provocative challenge to read the Scriptures on their own terms---as God's revelation---and to live them as we read. This is the journey he leads us on through this book.
With warmth and wisdom Peterson offers greatly needed, down-to-earth counsel on spiritual reading. As the church used the word in relation to worship, ti kept this 'public service' quality - working for the community on behalf of or following orders from God. But it takes considerable getting used to. At least, not right away. Eat This Book challenges us to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as Gods revelation, and to live them as we read them.
Read the book on paper - it is quite a powerful experience. I started this book last June, and at long last, I have finished it. I want to love it. But we don't live our lives by information; we live them in relationships in the context of a personal God who cannot be reduced to formula or definition, who has designs on us for justice and salvation. But prayer is not a human-based activity.
Many go their whole lives without eating the most important food they ever came across. Meditation moves from looking at the words of the text to entering the world of the text. 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. Instead of opening the jar and eating they honey they lick the outside of the jar and never taste the honey. I borrowed it from the library but it will soon have a permanent place in my library - a privilege which few books garner these days.
In this slender book, he invites Christian readers to encounter the Bible anew. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The end was as good as the beginning. It is so easy, and in my experience sadly so common, to approach biblical truth with our own minds and then look to the Bible to validate those ideas. I found the reflections on translation fairly riveting. As any editor would say, a book must 'show,' not just 'tell.
First it gets us into the sanctuary, the place of adoration and attention, listening and receiving and believing before God. However, I will say that it kind of left me hanging. This is the most important thing to know about prayer, not that we should pray or how we should pray but that Jesus is right now praying for us see also Heb. Peterson approaches reading in the same way he approaches theological truth generally; he is not interested so much in abstract ideas or disembodied fac Why do we read Scripture? Some are inarticulate Mark 7:34; 8:12; John 11:33; Heb. Peterson was a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He says so many insightful things, so many soul examining things.
It was around fifth grade when my teacher, Ms. With warmth and wisdom Peterson offers greatly needed, down-to-earth counsel on spiritual reading. The Holy Trinity provided a way of understanding the irreducible personal and relational nature of this text, and affirmed that the only reading congruent with what is written is also personal and participatory. May need free signup required to download or reading online book. I have also heard it described as licking the honey jar. There's no denying Eugene Peterson is a fantastic writer - gorgeous and clear prose.