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Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading Hardcover – July 29, 2009
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Peterson is a retired pastor and popular author best known for The Message, a paraphrasing of the Bible into modern idiom. In this slender book, he invites Christian readers to encounter the Bible anew. Drawing on language in Ezekiel and Revelation, Peterson says that we ought not read the Bible the same way we read a cookbook, a textbook, or even a great novel. Rather, Christians are to absorb, imbibe, feed on and digest Scripture. Peterson recommends a type of Bible-based prayer called lectio divina, in which the person praying meditates on a short passage of Scripture and listens for God to speak through the text. Peterson's exposition of lectio divina is one of the fullest to appear in recent years. Throughout, he cautions that lectio is not a systematic way of reading, but a "developed habit of living the text in Jesus' name." The last chapter, in which Peterson ruminates on his own experience translating the Bible, will be fascinating to Peterson's devotees, but is more myopic than the rest of the book. However, this is a worthy sequel to Peterson's 2004 hit Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places.
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"Rich, generous, and wise, Peterson's `conversation' will help readers at every stage of faith to live their faith more deeply." -- -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A tour de force in spiritual theology, combining incisive cultural analysis and biblical exposition with a sweeping and engaging vision of the Christian life." -- -Christianity Today --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The discussion of the history of common (Koine) Greek is also very enlightening. This book would be a very valuable resource or study for a small group, college age/adult group or a guide for a message series. It would also be valuable for giving to someone who has a desire to learn more about the background of the Bible no matter what their current beliefs may be. His discussion of the background of his Bible translation "The Message" was also quite interesting. Overall, I found the book very spiritually challenging, helpful and enjoyable. I highly recommend it.
If you want to get closer to God, Eugene Peterson can show you how!
I recommend Peterson to every seeker I meet.
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language) Now with this book I begin to taste the words and there meanings. In other words delve in and work and
play with it listen to the words with more freedom sence the wisdom of his words have volumes of information
about life in our Spirtual life. Enjoy. Georgia