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Product Details

  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (June 27, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802842976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802842978
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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— Aspire
"A quiet, unassuming man, Peterson defies the typical definition of pastor and teacher. He is indeed subversive, quietly feeding his flock what they really need, not what they think they want. This book continues in that tradition. Along the way readers will be blessed with profound writing, and definitions of what it truly means to live an examined, Christ-like life."

— Clergy Journal
"Peterson's writing displays a pastor's heart and an intellectual's mind. . . This is a lively and deeply thoughtful book. The topics are widely divergent, but all focus on the ministry and how our contemporary society can understand the gospel. Never far from biblical texts and images, this book is creative in its understanding and presentation of the gospel. Any pastor would be well served to spend time with this excellent introduction to Peterson's theology and its application to the modern world."

— Presbyterians Today
"A wonderfully refreshing collection of essays, articles, addresses, poetry, and conversations with one of the great Presbyterian pastors of our day . . . The author's soul shines through each of these forms with clarity and consistency."

— Living Church
"One word describes Eugene Peterson's Subversive Spirituality: rich. . . Overall, the work is steeped with pastoral insight and wisdom, and the style is fluid and literary. . . Perhaps Subversive Spirituality will serve as a reformation call to contemporary Christianity."

About the Author

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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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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I didn't stop until I finished the book!
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It's a great collection, including some poetry he wrote in reflection on the Beatitudes.
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I like the way Pastor Peterson describes faith.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
In writing this book, `Subversive Spirituality', Eugene Peterson, professor of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, has gone back over his writings of the past twenty-five years and pulled together elements of writings in essays, biblical studies, poetry, pastoral readings, and interviews to examine many of the overlooked aspects of spirituality.
Peterson writes: `This gathering of articles and essays, poems and conversations, is a kind of kitchen midden of my noticings of the obvious in the course of living out the Christian life in the vocational context of pastor, writer, and professor. The randomness and repetitions and false starts are rough edges that I am leaving as is in the interests of honesty. Spirituality is not, by and large, smooth.'
We have a particular meaning attached to the word subversive, which is generally a sociological and political one. While this is certain akin to the meaning utilised here, it has a different slant and context. All spirituality, in a sense, is subversive, in the sense that it seeks not that which the material world (and usually that means the political world) holds to be important, but seeks a transformation. Most major religious figures have been subversive -- they have tried to change in small and major ways the prevailing framework of life. Religion is sometimes described as the institutionalisation of a revolution; when the institution overpowers the revolution, what is needed to get back on track is a subversion.
Peterson divides the book into five broad sections: Spirituality, Biblical Studies, Poetry, Pastoral Readings, and Conversations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Max Rondoni on July 26, 2002
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Eugene Peterson is an author that should be read by all believers - not just pastors. To best appreciate his work, it is helpful to meet Eugene Peterson - the man, the husband, father, pastor, etc. This book covers articles that were written between 1969 and 1996. The content demands interaction and will take you back and will help you to look forward in your own journey of life. After this book is thoroughly read - after this feast, you will have an appetite for his other work.
My advice is not to merely read, but experience what you read, and by all means - share with your family and friends - invite them to the banquet.
Max Rondoni
Menlo Park, California
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 1, 2005
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When I visited a hospital patient today my associate pastor handed me a copy of this book and told me that her husband rarely reads to her, but this book got him excited. I sat down with the book and began to look it over. I didn't stop until I finished the book! My only regreat is that I didn't own the copy. I wanted to highlight many of the passages to share with my family. Now, I have to get my own copy.

This is a collection of Eugene Peterson's writings down through the years. Many of them are encouraging: just as many run counter to modern Protestant pastoral thought.

Eugene Peterson writes in the wordy style of a poet. Often I warn the more practical readers out there that they might stumble over the excessive words. I don't think you will stumble over this one. The chapters are short, practical, and diverse. This is a book for both the poet and pragmatist.
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This book is a compliation of numerous writings that have been published previously in Peterson's career. The collection is diverse, and it includes articles, poems, interviews, etc. Peterson has a masterful way with words and does a splendid job of reminding Christians of the "edge" that has always been implicit in following Christ. As he states, it is all too easy to forget the radical nature of discipleship. Continuity is a struggle given the nature of the organization, but the individual components are rewarding. I suspect that, like myself, a given reader will gravitate to certain parts of this book over others (for example, I ate up the articles and prose, and was only drawn to the poems and interviews). That being said, there is certainly something here for everyone. Recommended.
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This one is really good. I read it the first time and went back to a chapter - but I can't stop reading it . I am almost through it the second time. It has such good information about life and other things. I have bought and read all of Eugene Peterson's books. I regret that this is the last one.
Some of them I have read two and three times.
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This is a collection of some of Peterson's articles and essays, some previously published. It's a great collection, including some poetry he wrote in reflection on the Beatitudes. Most meaningful to me: the several interviews at the end of the book. Readers here get a personal look at Peterson's pastoral experience, and it was an incredibly encouraging, refreshing read for me. Excellent stuff for anyone, particularly pastors. Even if you've read his other works, get this if for the interviews alone!
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