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Continuing his series of "conversations" in spiritual theology, prolific author, pastor and theologian Eugene H. Peterson (most familiar for his Bible paraphrase The Message) provides an intimate look at Jesus' words. Arguing that the Fall created a "language catastrophe," Peterson contends that people of faith need to "eliminate the bilingualism" they use to talk about religion and everyday life: "There is no 'Holy Ghost' language used for matters of God and salvation and then a separate secular language for buying cabbages and cars." To this end, the author explores Jesus' prayers across the Gospels and parables that are unique to the Gospel of Luke. Using poet Emily Dickinson's dictum to "tell it slant," Peterson ably shows that "personal, metaphorical, particular, relational, local" language can convey profound religious ideas. His meditations on prayer ask universal questions about its efficacy; most moving are reflections on Jesus' last brief words, which form a "prayer mosaic from the cross." Peterson's greatest gift is his ability to write about such ideas as sin, repentance, grace and glory in masterfully simple-and concrete-ways.
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Taking his theme from a famous Dickinson poem, Peterson searches the New Testament not for magisterial statements but rather for the “slanted” language of Jesus’ seemingly casual speech. In the first part of this inquiry, readers relive Jesus’ journey through Samaria to Jerusalem (as recounted by Luke), hearing again the resonant voice that punctuates that journey with 10 parables, so slanted that only intense listeners will tease out their inner meaning. Only the attentive will perceive, for instance, the full message Jesus delivers about the dynamics of hypocrisy in his story of the Pharisee and the taxman. Peterson then shifts his focus to examine the words Jesus speaks in his prayers. But readers soon realize that even in his prayers, Jesus speaks words slanted by the human needs of those around him. By interweaving relevant stories from his own life, Peterson helps readers recognize times when the Holy Spirit carries slanted sacred meanings into their own lives. Valuable to Christian readers striving to make faith more than a Sunday ritual. --Bryce Christensen --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Hands down, one of the most verbose, pontificating tomes I've yet to read. Interesting for approximately two chapters, then the novelty wears off and you wonder if he (Peterson)... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Me
Eugene Peterson loves the Word and the words. This book as it explores the parables of Jesus and prayer displays his mastery of both and makes the subjects accessible.Published 4 months ago by joan m lee
Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers (2008) by Eugene Peterson is the 4th book in his 5-volume spiritual theology series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jason Kanz
I had to absorb the message slowly so it would take. I see differently now. Thank you for such a spiritually human look at Jesus.Published 10 months ago by Annie Freewriter
He reminds us of the importance of everyday words correctly spoken. Great Insight!Published 13 months ago by Donald G. Price
For me, what Peterson did with this book is open up the ministry of Christ. I used this book as a resource in developing a class on the Teachings of Christ. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Peterson has done it again! Crisp and earthy, his storytelling skills shine in this volume. His grasp of context and flow are superb and enlightening. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
My desire to read this book grew out of my deep appreciation for The Message. Peterson has been my favorite writer, translator, interpreter to quote for years. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by M. Naylor
Peterson is always on the mark. His insights into the parables are refreshing and important. He is one of the most "readable" authors in the field.Published on January 23, 2013 by Joanie Lukins