- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (April 26, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060665033
- ISBN-13: 978-0060665036
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Some simple realities this book presents is the true interpretation of apocalypse as "uncovering" as opposed to the doomsday meanings it are usually heard in interpreting and discussing the book of Revelation. Also, the understanding of Armagedon is being understood as "the valley of Megido" again not world-ending-death and destruction - but an actual location with significant history and application for Biblical understanding and life-application!
If your tired of the "left behind" conversation, or are just looking to consider other options, this is a great place to start!
In Reversed Thunder, Peterson explores the creative and imaginative language of St. John in the last book of the Bible. In my experience, many books about the Revelation of John attempt to provide a key to the events of the book as a type of apocalyptic road map. In other words, many books claim to have found the key to the end times and are eager to share their findings. This book is refreshingly different.
In the introduction, Peterson wrote, "I do not read the Revelation to get additional information about the life of faith in Christ. I have read it all before in law and prophet, in gospel and epistle. Everything in the book of Revelation can be found in the previous 65 books of the Bible...I read the Revelation not to get more information, but to revive imagination." Later: " I have taken the position that this book does not primarily call for decipherment, as if it were written in code, but that it evokes wonder, releasing metaphors that resonate meanings and refract insights in the praying imagination."
To be honest, this is the first thing I have read about the book of Revelation that I have actually benefited from, actually enjoyed. Peterson, a poet in his own write, writing about the poetry of St John is a lovely gift. If you are someone who has been confused by the book of Revelation, I would commend Reversed Thunder to you. It is well worth the time.
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.