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Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers Paperback – September 21, 2012
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As an aside, I would disagree very slightly with Peterson's portrayal of these words of Jesus as just common talk.Read more ›
Part one follows Christ through Luke's travel narrative of the final walk from Galilee, through troubled Samaria, to arrive in Jerusalem for His final days. Peterson reanimates and brings life to the words of the traveling Messiah as he teaches, considers, and observes along this final journey. The Jesus dialogue is intensely considered through 11 distinct, but interlaced conversations along the road. Part one alone is worth the price of the book. As I write 2 weeks after completing the book, I'm thinking that part one is a standalone masterpiece. Each conversation, as Peterson guides our minds, is a timeless, living metaphor that immerses the modern reader in the calm thoughts and considerations of the Master on the road to crucifixion. I found that I had to limit my reading to only one of 11 conversations per day ... so compelling is the Peterson contribution.
Part two shifts away from the "casual" travel narrative to the praying Jesus through 6 prayers ... 6 praying conversations, between Christ and God, about us, in increasing situational intensity. We have rote memory of these prayers. Therein lies a problem as Peterson considers them. Peterson does a superlative job in pointing the reader to the conclusion that there is much more to these well known prayers than our memories can evoke. The patterns of a life with Christ through, prayer dialogue, is compelling.Read more ›
Peterson notes that Luke doesn't emphasize Jesus the teacher or the preacher; rather, "Luke has a particular interest in immersing us in the conversational aspects of Jesus' language." He's engaging the imagination and telling stories. These parables are told when Jesus is "on the road"; he has left his home territory in Galilee and is traveling with disciples, through Samaria, toward Jerusalem and his final days. "A kind of intimacy develops naturally when men and women walk and talk together, with no immediate agenda or assigned task except eventually getting to their destination." Here's where Jesus tells the story called the "prodigal son" and a story about an unfruitful fig tree that is given fertilizer and another year to prove itself.
The second part of the book moves from Luke's parables to six prayers of Jesus, as recorded primarily in Matthew and John. We've seen how Jesus talks with his friends and followers. How does he talk with God, whom he calls Father?
Peterson's "language" schema is most evident in the book's opening and closing chapters. In the scriptural discussion, it's easy to get delightfully lost in the textual insights --- which must be chewed and savored.Read more ›
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Peterson is always good. This is no exception. I'm using this as a reference for two different sermon series.Published 2 months ago by SSW
Great writing, on an important subject, as only Dr Peterson could do it. An addition to his "Eat This Book".Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Unfortunately, the reader on this audio version is absolutely awful. I thought it was just the voice explaining copyright laws and then he continued reading. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Jesus was a story teller because he wanted those who heard could participate in the story. Something that is very difficult to do when a teacher is delivering a lesson or a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by coach
Hands down, one of the most verbose, pontificating tomes I've yet to read. Interesting for approximately two chapters, then the novelty wears off and you wonder if he (Peterson)... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Me