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A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society Paperback – Special Edition, July 28, 2000
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"All of the marks of a classic--profound, timeless, life-impacting." -- Leith Anderson, author of Leadership That Works
"I've never read a book by Eugene Peterson that didn't stir and challenge me." -- Max Lucado, author of In the Grip of Grace
"Wonderful book, one of the very best guides to the Psalms! Peterson's combination of passion and insight match the psalmists" -- Tim Stafford, author of Knowing the Face of God
About the Author
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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One particularly good section, I am paraphrasing here because this was an audio-book, says…”We can act ourselves into feeling. We shouldn’t worship only when we feel like it. The bible never says, worship when you feel like it. Instead it says to worship. The act of worship will bring about the feeling of worship far quicker than the feeling of worship will bring about the act of worship.” I have found this true in my attempts at fixed hour prayer. I often do not feel like praying. In fact, I frequently am half or three quarters of the way through the time before my mind even switches over to what I am doing. Sometimes I never switch over to a worship mood. But more often than I would have ever guessed, I am caught by something that I could not have predicted. I suddenly am worshipping when I would not have predicted. If I was “choosing” when to worship based on feelings there would be less worship in my life. The last chapter is also about “feelings and worship” and is probably the best of the sections.
In another chapter, Peterson uses the example of having children as an example of the work that we should be doing for God. None of us actually do much to construct a child. We participate, but what we do, most of the time is not what would be considered “work”. Instead, God does the work and allows us to participate through an act of love. Children are not created without our participation, but at the same time, we all know it is God work and not our own.
Peterson, in his distinctive, narrative, style really is one of the best authors I know to move us in the direction of spiritual growth. I have picked up the kindle edition to read again later.
As many already know, Eugene Peterson is an extremely gifted communicator. His work on The Message is perennial and very helpful for contextualizing and assimilating the truths of Scripture for today’s audience. Peterson is one of those voices that is able to bring together readers of different tribes and theological persuasions, uniting them with his keen insight into Scripture and his winsome, prophetic writing.
What Peterson has accomplished in A Long Obedience cannot be overstated. Peterson’s time spent in the Psalms spills out into a book that has much to teach us about discipleship, and various aspects of the Christian life, from repentance to work to humility. Peterson organizes his book by journeying through the Song of Ascents – Psalms 120-134. He seeks to combat “today’s passion for the immediate and the casual” (17) with a sense of deepened worship, prayerful meditation, passionate service, and careful reading of Scripture.
Two of my favorite chapters from the book are the chapters on worship (Chapter 4) and joy (Chapter 8). In Chapter 4, Peterson says that there are three key implications for worship in our life. It structures our life, nurtures our need for God, and centers our attentions on God (51). Worship is not merely a cause of our thoughts, feelings, or actions, but their very framework (53). Peterson explains further:
“Worship is an act that develops feelings for God, not a feeling for God that is expressed in an act of worship. When we obey the command to praise God in worship, our deep, essential need to be in relationship with God is nurtured.” (54)
Peterson’s chapter on joy is also very rich. He asserts that while joy is “not a requirement of Christian discipleship…it is what comes to us when we are walking in the way of faith and obedience” (96). Using Psalm 126, Peterson exhorts us to remember that , “laughter does not exclude weeping,” that the simple elimination of things that hurt is a “futile strategy” for finding joy (100).
Eugene Peterson is one of those writers that many pastors quote, and for good reason. He is not merely recycling quotes, but he is a thinker and communicator himself, offering his own unique nuances and understandings of Scripture. He writes with a warm, pastoral tone, blending together his own experiences with the ones he knows we are facing. If you are looking for an introduction into Peterson’s style of writing, I can’t think of a better book to start with than A Long Obedience.