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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802862977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802862976
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eugene H. Peterson, author of the best-selling contemporary translation of the Bible titled The Message, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rev Casey VINE VOICE on July 14, 2009
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"Christ Plays" is the opening salvo in Eugene Peterson's multivolume series on "spiritual theology." Peterson aims to recover the word "spiritual" for Christians out of the popular but vague fog it frequently refers to in contemporary culture. He wants to rejoin "spiritual" with "theology." When Peterson unites the two, he envisions a Christian faith that is robustly practical and unapologetically biblical. Spiritual theology is not solely for monks or academics; it's for everyday disciples of Jesus.

Peterson allows each section of the book to grow out of specific "grounding texts," biblical stories that shape the arenas of creation, history, and community. But these grounding texts are not a mere verse here or parable there. They are entire biblical books - Deuteronomy or Acts, for instance. Peterson masterfully navigates us through the details of their respective landscapes while never losing sight of the broader horizon. In fact, I was regularly amazed throughout "Christ Plays" by how Peterson managed to focus the reader not only on the story at hand (Acts, for example) but also on the sweep of the entire biblical story. "Chris Plays" demands multiple return visits.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sweeney on September 23, 2011
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I have been curious about Eugene Petersen for many years. As a student at Moody I found many people cynical towards anything connected to Petersen. I believe it was something that was caught and not taught. There seemed to me an atmosphere of something-not-quite-but-quite-like contempt. So, I never read him.

Until now. As a self-professed proponent of the Young, Restless and Reformed demographic I was always drawn to "heady" books. I wanted to know every detail about the doctrine of union with Christ or substitutionary atonement. I've come to a place where I know much about those biblical ideas, but I experience very little. The state of my soul is quite weary of academic inquiry. I don't need more ideas about Christ, I need to commune with him.

Enter Eugene Peterson's Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. I was unsure what the subtitle meant by "spiritual theology" - and, I have to admit I was a bit cynical. But, no longer. Two paragraphs into the introduction I read these words:

"Spiritual theology is the attention that we give to the details of living life on this way. It is a protest against theology depersonalized into information about God; it is a protest against theology functionalized into a program of strategic planning for God" (1)

It is easy for us to know lots of theology, but keep God at a distance. Conversely, we can experience many things and wax eloquently about our feelings towards God but do so in a way entirely divorced from what he has told us about himself in Scripture. He defines "spiritual theology" as "the attention that we give to living what we know and believe about God" (6). He is not attempting to create a new sub-discipline of theology (like Historical, Biblical or Systematic).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Persnickety periwinkle on January 9, 2009
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Eugene Peterson is a fabulous Teacher and writter.
This book came into my life at exactly the right time.
i needed to be reminded that the Physical Church that i attend is filled with people just like me, broken from not knowing.
I grewn up in an era where it's not been a good thing to be Christian and all of what that means.
This has been deeply influencing the church for a long time now, as pastors and teachers fear telling The Truth of Father Son and Holy Spirit will not be looked on favorably.
Now we have a population of people starving for The Truth, unable to love or be loved because we haven't a clue as to what it looks like.
Mr Peterson brings it all back home, settles it down, puts it in words we can understand and do.
i've given this book to a few and they are strengthened to go love the unlovable and Tell The Truth and set others free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 14, 2014
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This book was good and while it did not impact me as much as The Jesus Way, it was still solid meat all the way through. Peterson's insight into Scripture is always of use to me because he comes at it so much differently than I do. He is a constant reminder that there are many ways to study the Bible, and that any serious student must do his or her best to seek them all out. The section on 1 John alone is worth the read, although this book should be wrestled with and read all the way through. It can be a tough slog at times, but worth it in the end. As with all authors who truly make us think and spend time struggling with our views of God and His word, you may not always agree with where Peterson ends up, but in this case the journey itself is the reward. Take the time to go through this book and treat it as a conversation and allow it to develop as such and your reward will be great indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Retsod on September 12, 2013
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It is not what I ordinarily enjoy reading--mostly mysteries--it is a non-fiction, spiritual evoking work that my Bible Study class is working on. It is extremely well written, an easy and enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grammaplp on September 13, 2012
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This is a book to be chewed on, not read straight through. It is not a reference book, and not a how-to journal. As Peterson introduces each practical application, the reader will want to examine how he fits into Peterson's story. Currently I am reading about how the resurrection, the "wonder" of God, and Sabbath fit together. No one can pass through this spectrum of concepts without lingering for insight. Peterson has a gift for teaching but the outcome is dependent on each reader.
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