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Reversed Thunder: The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination Paperback – April 26, 1991
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Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message, a bestselling translation of the Bible, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, British Columbia, and the author of over thirty books. He and his wife, Jan, live in Montana.
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Reversed Thunder has truly awakened my imagination. It has turned how I approach the Word of God on its head (I don't even feel like I approach it anymore--it approaches me). For the first time in my life, I feel that the Bible is not just some mystic book that speaks from somewhere in the mists of the past--it is living (how many times had I heard that and given mere intellectual assent?) and speaking to me always.
Each chapter of this book is vital. Eugene Peterson has distilled the lessons of a lifetime in these pages--they are transformative. As an aside, I read Brigitte Hanhart's children's adaptation of Tolstoy's Shoemaker Martin while I was reading Reversed Thunder--the messages of these books powerfully reinforce one another (in other words: I strongly recommend reading them together).
I give Reversed Thunder my highest recommendation.
Peterson sets off at the beginning to lay down the truth that the Apocalypse was not written as a treatise on "things that must soon take place," to be analyzed for chronology and fulfillment. Rather, it was written by a caring pastor guiding his people through the threat of caesar-worship. It is a book solely about the distant future, but a collection of poetic images that serve to evoke hope and order in the present churches of Ephesus. I am so grateful that Peterson emphasizes the fact that all apocalyptic is meant to be practical in the here-and-now. "Eschatology is the most pastoral of all the theological perspectives, showing how the ending impinges on the present in such ways that the truth of the gospel is verified in life 'in the middle'" (9). "There are predictive elements in some prophecy (and some in the Revelation), but they are always in service to a present message" (21).
Peterson walks through a chapter or two of the Revelation at a time, keeping in mind the three inseparable roles of John as he writes what is revealed to him: pastor, poet, and theologian. For Peterson, real theology is only seen and understood as it is worked out in our daily living; all theology is imminently practical. Just like the Apostle in his day, Peterson lives to combat the Gnostic duality that embraces the "spiritual" as something belonging to another world or sphere, and not upsetting our finely crafted lives.Read more ›
Peterson brings to high relief the major themes of the Scriptures. The chapter titles preview this: "The Last Word on Christ"; "The Last Word on the Church" and so on... Poetic, encouraging and challenging all at once. The chapters I enjoyed most were on scripture and on Christ: I reread them before I continued the book. This is a book worth keeping and rereading. Peterson's writing is much like CS Lewis', don't read this book if you have "God in a Box" brand of Christian theology. Read it if you dare.
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Great read! Never be scared to dive into the book of revelationPublished 4 days ago by Shirley Rich
I loved this book and could barely put it down! Eugene Peterson is a living library of Christain thought and knowledge! I got the Kindle Edition.Published 1 month ago by George E. Nettles
Have been excited about this book after starting to read - was not to "keen" on studying the Book of Revelation and the Peterson did his "thing" and totally opened... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Eugene Peterson takes such pastoral care in his writing, makes for an enjoyable read while theologically stimulatingPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
In depth and thought provoking exploration of Revelation. Helpful study of this typically perceived complex book.Published 5 months ago by suzanne hicks
I really enjoyed Eugene Peterson's "take" on Revelation. It just made so much sense to me.Published 8 months ago by Becki