Synopses & Reviews
In Subversive Spirituality Peterson has gathered together a host of writings penned over the past twenty-five years that reflect on the overlooked facets of the spiritual life. Comprising occasional pieces, short biblical studies, poetry, pastoral readings, and interviews, this work captures the epiphanies of life with the pleasing pastoral style and inspiring depth of insight for which Peterson is well known. Peterson describes his book this way: "This gathering of articles and essays, poems and conversations, is a kind of kitchen midden of my noticings of the obvious in the course of living out the Christian life in the vocational context of pastor, writer, and professor. The randomness and repetitions and false starts are rough edges that I am leaving as is in the interests of honesty. Spirituality is not, by and large, smooth. I do hope, however, that these pieces will be found to be freshly phrased".
Table of Contents
Spirituality. Saint Mark: the basic text for Christian spirituality -- Back to square one: God said -- Spirit quest -- Writers and angels: witnesses to transcendence -- The seminary as a place of spiritual formation -- Biblical studies. The holy stump -- Jeremiah as an ascetical theologian -- Learning to worship from St. John's Revelation -- Apocalypse: the medium is the message -- Resurrection quartet -- Poetry. Holy luck -- Pastoral readings. Poetry from Patmos: St. John as pastor, poet, and theologian -- Masters of imagination -- Sheep in Wolfe's clothing -- Kittel among the coffee cups -- Mastering ceremonies -- Teach us to care, and not to care -- Unexpected allies -- Novelists, pastors, and poets -- Pastors and novels -- Conversations. A conversation with Eugene Peterson -- Haphazardly intent: an approach to pastoring -- Subversive spirituality -- On Pentecostals, poets, and professors -- Of passion, prayer, and poetry.