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A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society, Commemorative Edition

, 2019
ISBN: 9780830855476


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Since Eugene Peterson first wrote this spiritual formation classic nearly forty years ago, hundreds of thousands of Christians have been inspired by its call to deeper discipleship. As a society, we are still obsessed with the immediate; new technologies have only intensified our quest for the quick fix. But Peterson’s time-tested prescription for discipleship remains the same—a long obedience in the same direction.

Following Jesus in this way requires a deepening life of prayer, and throughout history Christians have learned to pray from the Psalms. Peterson finds encouragement for today’s pilgrims in the Songs of Ascents (Psalms 120-134), sung by travelers on their way to worship in Jerusalem. With his prophetic and pastoral wisdom, Peterson shows how the psalms teach us to grow in worship, service, joy, work, happiness, humility, community, and blessing.

This special commemorative edition of A Long Obedience in the Same Direction includes a new preface taken from Leif Peterson’s eulogy at his father’s memorial service.

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Key Features

  • Explores the use of Psalms in prayer and spritual formation
  • Examines the key aspects of life as a discple of Jesus
  • Presents a time-tested method of discipleship


  • Discipleship: “What Makes You Think You Can Race Against Horses?”
  • Repentance: “I’m Doomed to Live in Meshech”
  • Providence: “God Guards You from Every Evil”
  • Worship: “Let’s Go to the House of God”
  • Service: “Like Servants . . . We’re Watching and Waiting”
  • Help: “Oh, Blessed Be God! He Didn't Go Off and Leave Us”
  • Security: “God Encircles His People”
  • Joy: “We Laughed, We Sang”
  • Work: “If GOD Doesn’t Build the House”
  • Happiness: “Enjoy the Blessing! Revel in the Goodness!”
  • Perseverance: “They Never Could Keep Me Down”
  • Hope: “I Pray to GOD . . . and Wait for What He’ll Say and Do”
  • Humility: “I’ve Kept My Feet on the Ground”
  • Obedience: “How He Promised GOD”
  • Community: “Like Costly Anointing Oil Flowing Down Head and Beard”
  • Blessing: “Lift Your Praising Hands”

Praise for the Print Edition

Eugene Peterson’s special gift is to stand beside us and keep our feet on the ground as he lifts our hearts to God and our minds to godliness. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, which does this stunningly well, is also the best pathway into the Psalter you are likely to find. If, like me for twenty years, you find it hard to get into the Psalms, that is another reason to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest this brilliant book.

—J. I. Packer, author of Knowing God

There is a clean, bright rigor to honest life before God. Burnishing the language of the Psalms, Eugene Peterson makes that life sing like a taut wire. A long obedience is the only path of discipleship to Jesus, and this is a message we desperately need to hear and implement today.

—Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy

I’ve never read a book by Eugene Peterson that didn’t stir and challenge me.

—Max Lucado, author of In the Grip of Grace

Product Details

  • Title: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society
  • Author: Eugene H. Peterson
  • Edition: Commemorative
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 220
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Discipleship

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Eugene H. Peterson (1932–2018) was a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He wrote more than thirty books, including his widely acclaimed paraphrase of the Bible, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, his memoir, The Pastor, and numerous works of biblical spiritual formation, including Run with the Horses, also available in a commemorative edition. Peterson was founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for twenty-nine years before retiring in 1991. With degrees from Seattle Pacific, New York Theological Seminary, and Johns Hopkins University, he served as professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, until retiring in Lakeside, Montana, in 2006.

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