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Eat This Book : a Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading (06 Edition)by Eugene H. Peterson
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Eugene Peterson is convinced that the way we read the Bible is as important as that we read the Bible. Do we read it for information about God and salvation, for principles and “truths” that we can use to live better? Or do we read it in order to listen to God and respond in prayer and obedience?
Eat This Book challenges us to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as Godâ€™s revelation, and to live them as we read them. With warmth and wisdom Peterson offers much-needed, down-to-earth counsel on spiritual reading. Along the way, he draws readers into a fascinating conversation about the nature of language, the ancient practice of lectio divina, and the role of translations, including his own best-selling contemporary Bible translation, The Message.
Countering the turn towards subjective personal interpretation as the final authority, Peterson gives the reader something substantial instead
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The bestselling author of "The Message" challenges believers to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as God's revelation, and to live them as they read them.
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