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Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life [Hardcover]

Eugene H. Peterson
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January 4, 2006
Christ’s friends were utterly transformed by His resurrection. Their friendship, their work, and even their meals together took on a new meaning and purpose. The same can happen to us today.

Eugene Peterson, beloved pastor, scholar, and translator of The Message, takes you back to Jesus’ time so you can experience the Resurrection through the eyes of biblical witnesses. You’ll be a participant in the story, so its meaning and wonder can enliven your soul as never before.

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If you celebrate Christ's resurrection only one day of the year, you're missing something big. After the resurrection of Jesus, nothing is the same. That truth can become personal for you through the pages of this latest work by Eugene Peterson, beloved pastor, scholar, and translator of The Message. Dr. Peterson takes you back to Jesus' time so you can experience the Resurrection through the eyes of the biblical witnesses. You'll be a participant in the story, so its meaning and wonder can enliven your soul as never before. Christ's friends were utterly transformed by his resurrection. Their friendship, their work, and even their meals together took on a new meaning and purpose. The same can happen to us today. When the Resurrection becomes the core reality of our spiritual formation, our dimmed eyes and dull souls are lifted to a place of continual renewal. Join Eugene Peterson on this pursuit of a more profound spiritual formation, founded on the wonder of Christ's resurrection. You'll discover what life is like when every day is Resurrection Day.

About the Author

EUGENE H. PETERSON is a pastor, scholar, writer, and poet. He has authored more than twenty books, including A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, The Contemplative Pastor, Leap Over a Wall and the best-selling Message Bible. He is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Eugene founded Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he was the pastor for twenty-nine years. He lives with his wife, Jan, in Montana. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (January 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157683929X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576839294
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource full of insight and wisdom March 28, 2006
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Eugene Peterson --- pastor, scholar and translator of The Message Bible --- believes that after you encounter the resurrection of Jesus, everything changes. When the resurrection becomes the center of your spiritual formation, then you are brought to a place of renewal in your walk with God.

Peterson argues that resurrection isn't something that we give much attention to in our DIY, self-help society that often puts more emphasis on results than the process it takes to arrive there. He invites readers to engage in resurrection wonder and cultivate a sense of awe in their relationship with God. Peterson believes that much of the wonder of our lives is lost because we spend so much time working. Our jobs become a place where we fulfill demands and give into the tyranny of the urgent. As a result, any sense of awe is lost in what we do and subsequently in our lives. Peterson believes we can recapture the wonder by taking the Sabbath seriously.

He writes: "These days, the secular world around us is giving considerable attention to Sabbath-keeping. Corporations have discovered its benefits in health, relationships, and even in productivity in the workplace. Articles and books are showing up touting the wonderful returns that come from rest, from breaking workaholic compulsions, and so forth. All this may be true. But that's not why we keep the Sabbath. We are not primarily interested in a longer life or emotional maturity or a better golf game. We're interested in God and Christ being formed in us. We're interested in spiritual formation-by-resurrection."

In addition to keeping the Sabbath, Peterson invites us to embrace the resurrection through our meals.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth reading May 26, 2006
Format:Hardcover
I have become a huge fan of Eugene Peterson. He writes with an engaging prose style and his ideas are first rate. However, this book didn't move me in the same way that Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places and Eat This Book did.

Peterson posits that the resurrection should be the central organizing prinicpal of the Christian's life. The beginning place for this formation is in what he calls resurrecton wonder. This is rooted in keeping the Sabbath, marking us as having a different value system from society as a whole. He also places great emphasis on time spent together celebrating the resurrection and emphasizing the extrordinary power of everyday occurances. This is rooted in the celebration of Holy Communion. Finally, he reminds us that it is the company of believers who are on the journey together that help us to navigate the trip. These people are marked and named by baptism.

I highly reccomend this book. Though it did not move me in the same way as the previously mentioned works, it is quite helpful for the journey
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only way to live... July 12, 2007
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Peterson seems to say that, if we call ourselves "Christians," we have no choice but to live as if the resurrection really happened. He rejects religiosity in favor of faith and relationship, but he attaches new meaning to Christian practices like Holy Communion and he links "living the resurrection" with everyday life and ordinary activites.

You may never look at a supper with friends the same after fnishing this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This month I borrowed Eugene Peterson's Living The Resurrection as my Amazon Prime Lending Library book for Kindle. It is a short book, only three chapters and just under 100 pages in the main text. I would not normally spend $7.99 to purchase such a short book by an author that I have read so much before.

If you have Amazon Prime and would like to explore some of Peterson's theological writing, this is a good introduction. I appreciate several things about Peterson's writing. He is biblical, he walks through extended portions of scripture and does not take them out of context to support his position. He also is a story teller. He insures that his point is not only biblical but well illustrated so that it is understandable by a wide range of readers. Third, he has a strong commitment to the church and to Christian community.

This book is a good example of his commitment to Christian community. The theme of the books is following Jesus by `practicing resurrection' (in the sense of a life style or a doctor's practice, not attempting until you get better).

This book was written in 2006 and is really a shorter, earlier version of his full length Practice Resurrection. I am a very big fan of the book Practice Resurrection, it was one of my votes for top book of 2010. So I like the idea behind Living the Resurrection, but I think that Practice Resurrection is a better book. It gives a fuller treatment to spiritual development through Christian community and a greater range of scripture and story in support of his point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I needed a good, quick read for a group that I read with before Easter came and I had this book sitting on my shelf. I was half right, it was a quick read. It wasn't horrible, but it couldn't really be called good either.

Eugene Peterson's book "Living the Resurrection" is about living out our Resurrected lives in three ways:

Sabbath Keeping

Communing (Sacramental and ordinary)

Living out Baptismal Identity

Each of these three topics receive treatment in their own chapters, with a short introduction to the concept of Jesus' Resurrection a la "The Message", Peterson's paraphrase of the Bible. But each of the chapters lack the punch of vitality that should come along with a book on being Resurrected.

The best of the chapters is the one of communing, but each of the chapters do a somewhat lack lustre job at addressing the basic idea, and then reinforcing it with some minor complaints about how the idea is missed, and some usual platitudes about how we might regain the idea and through it become better Christians who understand the Resurrection in our souls.

Said shortly, Peterson does the same thing here that he did in "The Message", he simply contextualized God's message is a slightly more readable format. Beyond that, the message of "Living the Resurrection" fails to impress.
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Peterson, now retired, was for many years James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. In addition to his widely acclaimed paraphrase of the Bible, The Message (NavPress), he has written many other books.

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