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Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading Paperback – 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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Lauren F. Winner
— author of Girl Meets God and Real Sex
"Deep, stirring, luminous, even profound — if you are going to read one book about reading Scripture, it should be this one."
— author of A Grace Disguised
"Eugene Peterson has written a magnificent book about how to read the Bible. As any editor would say, a book must 'show,' not just 'tell.' Peterson's book does exactly that. The book itself has a biblical quality to it. Peterson uses vivid language; he tells and then reflects on wonderful stories; he invites readers to read their own stories in light of the story. This book is the fruit of decades of reading, pondering, conversing about, praying over, and living this story. Peterson encourages us to read the Bible as if we were dogs gnawing on a bone. Eat This Book made me lick my chops."
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"Peterson explores the ancient discipline of lectio divina and how its elements of reading, meditating, praying, and living can help us receive Scripture as 'formative for the way we live our lives, not merely making an impression on our minds or feelings. ' . . . Recommended."
"Peterson's exposition of lectio divina is one of the fullest to appear in recent years. . . A worthy sequel to his 2004 hit Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places."
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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.
Kristine M Smith, Author
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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