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Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

, 2009
ISBN: 9780802864901
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Eugene Peterson is convinced that the way we read the Bible is as important as that we read it. Do we read the Bible 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?

The second part of Peterson’s momentous five-volume work on spiritual theology, Eat This Book challenges us to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as God’s revelation, and to live them as we read them. With warmth and wisdom Peterson offers greatly needed, down-to-earth counsel on spiritual reading. In these pages he draws readers into a fascinating conversation on the nature of language, the ancient practice of lectio divina, and the role of Scripture translations; included here is the “inside story” behind Peterson’s own popular Bible translation, The Message.

Countering the widespread practice of using the Bible for self-serving purposes, Peterson here serves readers a nourishing entree into the formative, life-changing art of spiritual reading.

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  • Challenges believers to read the Scriptures on their own terms, and to live them as we read
  • Suggests an alternative approach to the trend toward subjective personal interpretation of the Bible
  • Offers fascinating insights on the nature of language, the ancient practice of lectio divina, and the role of translations, including The Message

I. Eat This Book

  • The Holy Family at Table with Holy Scripture
  • Scripture As Text: Learning What God Reveals
  • Scripture As Form: Following the Way of Jesus
  • Scripture As Script: Playing Our Part in the Spirit

II. Lectio Divina

  • Caveat Lector
  • "Ears Thou Hast Dug for Me"

III. The Company of Translators

  • God's Secretaries
  • The Message
Deep, stirring, luminous, even profound — if you are going to read one book about reading Scripture, it should be this one.

Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Real Sex

"Eugene Peterson has written a magnificent book about how to read the Bible. As any editor would say, a book must 'show,' not just 'tell.' Peterson's book does exactly that. The book itself has a biblical quality to it. Peterson uses vivid language; he tells and then reflects on wonderful stories; he invites readers to read their own stories in light of the story. This book is the fruit of decades of reading, pondering, conversing about, praying over, and living this story. Peterson encourages us to read the Bible as if we were dogs gnawing on a bone. Eat This Book made me lick my chops.

Gerald Sittser, author of A Grace Disguised

Peterson explores the ancient discipline of lectio divina and how its elements of reading, meditating, praying, and living can help us receive Scripture as 'formative for the way we live our lives, not merely making an impression on our minds or feelings. ' . . . Recommended."

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  • Title: Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
  • Author: Eugene Peterson
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 200
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • ISBN: 9780802864901
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-09-24T16:35:02Z

In the Logos Reader Edition, this volume is enhanced to best fit the content. Scripture references are hand-tagged to integrate with powerful functionality in Logos Bible Software. Page milestones and internal citation tagging provide accurate points of reference. Search important words across resources to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive tools for reading digital content are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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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