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Take and Read: Spiritual Reading -- An Annotated List Paperback – December 14, 1995
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"For Christians who wish to deepen and broaden their understanding of their own religious tradition, this book is like a map to the best reading available to pursue this goal."
"A rich resource for pastors and general readers."
"Peterson's choices range from the expected to the delightfully different. His wide-ranging definitions of what is spiritual and his book-lover's zeal encourage readers also to befriend books and enjoy their deep spiritual rewards."
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My church experience has been that contemporary laypeople are not often challenged to embrace the idea of reading (aside from the Bible) as an ongoing spiritual discipline; those of us who do try often have little idea where to begin, particularly in the area of Christian "classics". From what I have seen in some Christian bookstores, "Christianity lite" abounds, and books of questionable value jostle for shelf space along with the gems.
This book was a refreshing entry into a deeper world. To reap its benefits, time, patience and attention is required of the reader, both to search out the books and to immerse oneself in the wisdom they offer -- all of which goes against the culture of "busyness" in which we live.
I have already derived much joy from the books I have purchased upon the author's recommendations. The books are arranged by chapter theme, and cover numerous areas of Christian life and thought. I have given this book over the years to numerous friends and relatives, both pastors and laypeople. Everyone has loved it! Two long-time and highly knowledgeable Bible study teachers "stole" my book and kept "refusing" to return it.Read more ›
Peterson is not giving a list for academics and scholars, no, not at all. He is leading us through the books and authors that have shaped him in every area of his life. And Peterson loves words and literature so it seems that he is really enjoying just talking about the books he loves. I wish more recommended reading lists were like this because so many (that I've read) focus only the theological / biblical categories of reading but we all know that pastors/preachers don't read just commentaries and systematic theologies (they'd better but that's not all). So what else is good reading? I certainly don't agree with all Peterson's choices but I like this book because it gives a full-plate of reading for all the literary "food groups" of the mind.
If you're looking for academic bibliography this is not it, but if you're a bibliophile that's thrilled with the passion of another book-lover's tales then this is for you. The excitement is infectious and may your wallet be warned!
However, a lot of frustration will be avoided if you see this book for what it really is - an arrow pointing toward the books themselves! If you want to see Washington D.C., you'll be very dissapointed if you only study a map of it! This book is simply a map through the overwhelming stack of spiritual classics.
Especially helpful is Peterson's recommendations of specific translations and editions. I'm enjoying the fruits of the time I spent with "Take and Read"!
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It's all the books that have inspired Eugene Peterson, and if you've been inspired by Peterson's writings, you're sure to find many selections in here to fill your heart and... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Brad
Wished I'd have read this sooner, but tracked down a kindle copy after Peterson mentioned this book in Eat This Book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by grace is enough
Since I have read and gained from Eugene Peterson's books, I wanted to know what he has read and how these books have influenced his thinking and shaped his understanding of God... Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Helen Keller