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Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading #2020

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

  • Title: Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
  • Author: Eugene H. Peterson
  • ISBN: 9780802829481
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading By Eugene H. Peterson, 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 ScriEat 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.

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    1. I admire Eugene Peterson I visited with him once backstage at a U2 concert, not realizing at first who I was talking to Later, when I found out who it was, I was excited to have met him than the possibility of meeting Bono Peterson was there because Bono had been reading The Message and wanted to spend time with this man who put the Bible in a language any American or in Bono s case, Irishman , could understand The final portion of Eat This Book describes why Eugene Peterson decided to join the [...]

    2. I deeply love language There s no denying Eugene Peterson is a fantastic writer gorgeous and clear prose This was truly a book I wanted to take in as a fine meal So much practical wisdom and contemplative inspiration.But what really made the book shine for me, was his third section on The Company of Translators While I appreciate his translation paraphrase The Message as a devotional tool, I have always been firmly in the a word for word camp when it comes to translating the Scriptures I believe [...]

    3. In Eat This Book, Peterson continues the work he began in his masterful Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places to construct a spiritual theology And in this book, he takes up spiritual reading Peterson guides into an intentional encounter with the Bible by focusing not just on the fact that we read the Bible, but in focusing on how.Peterson s focus can be summed up by the guiding metaphor that gives the book its title eat this book The metaphor comes from the book of Revelation, where an angel tell [...]

    4. This book is pretty dry reads like a text book for most chapters I m a very literal person so the metaphors really took a certain part of my imagination to somewhat grasp I say somewhat because I m still not completely sure I could explain to you, in a convincing way, how we are to eat the Word of God However over my head it seemed, I m taking away the key message Lectio Divina is a totally different way of scripture study then I m used to but since practicing it these past few months, I am real [...]

    5. Despite a few doctrinal and denominational quirks, this book is worth reading Full of rich metaphors and word pictures, Eugene Peterson encourages us to read the Bible for what it is, not for what we would like it to be The Bible is not disembodied fragments of truth and insight, dismembered bones of information and motivation Instead, it is a meta narrative, an overarching story that gives meaning to our daily, down to earth lives You can t reduce this book to what you can handle you can t dome [...]

    6. The only thing I ve read by Eugene Peterson is The Message and I ve been working my way through his companion devotional The Message Solo An Uncommon Devotional, which is founded on the exegetical method of lectio divina, although after reading Eat This Book I hesitate greatly to call lectio divina a method For eating the book that is the bible is a truly beautiful metaphor that Peterson pulls right out of the bible itself, out of the book of Revelation, to help us understand a different approac [...]

    7. Delightfully challenged me to read Scripture than analytically Really good background on translation, the Message, and even on Aramaic Strong arguments for the importance of relating the Story currently and contextually for each generation and people So many good things and ideas to reflect upon.

    8. Aside from the occasional mystical flair, this is Eugene Peterson at his best Reading the Bible is than academic exercise, an information download it s entering into the live of the text in communion with the living God.

    9. Peterson uses eat as a metaphor for consuming the Word so that it literally nourishes and becomes part of us intrinsically through reading, praying, living it in its entirety.Key quotes By keeping company w the writers of Holy Scripture we are schooled in a practice of reading writing that is infused w an enormous respect than respect, awed reverence for the revelatory transformative power of words.There is only one way of reading that is congruent w our Holy Scriptures, writing that trusts in [...]

    10. Last year Eugene Peterson blessed me with some comments he purportedly made and then within a few days revoked the blessing It was a sad moment in the public life of this elder statesman of faith, struggling with the 21st century The blessing was Peterson s commonsense, kind view on the inclusion of gay people within the pastoral life of churches, including the performing of same sex weddings Like reading Tony Campolo s public endorsement of this move in pastoral life, I felt comfort and peace i [...]

    11. Why do we read Scripture Is it to absorb information Perhaps we are intellectual sponges soaking up the liquids that authors have pooled together and bound up in paperback volumes.We are not interested in knowing but becoming .This is Peterson s answer to my opening question He calls it participatory reading, reading in order to live Peterson approaches reading in the same way he approaches theological truth generally he is not interested so much in abstract ideas or disembodied facts, but in f [...]

    12. I will start by saying I loved this book, and Peterson s writing and influence abound in this book It teaches then it preaches and it is well researched and enjoyable.However, I will say that it kind of left me hanging Maybe I missed something in chapter 7, but Peterson never truly instructs the reader HOW to practice Lectio Divina I have been taught by a seminary professor how to practice this art of spiritual reading, and please send comments if I missed it and I will amend this review, the e [...]

    13. Every book I read on understanding the Bible better does, in fact, help me to understand the Bible better I was surprised that this book by Eugene Peterson, creator of the eminently readable Bible translation The Message, would tax my powers of concentration as it did I confess it took me a long time to get through it, including a long fallow period during which I quite necessarily stepped away to rest my brain I would not recommend Eat This Book as the first book one reads to help one understan [...]

    14. Whoa Just whoa I honestly don t know what to say about this short but impactful book from Peterson He says so many insightful things, so many soul examining things His discourse on the replacement trinity was eye opening and challenging to American christianity, as it should be American believers need to allow themselves to be challenged in how they interact with Christ and his word Peterson provides the challenge in a grace covered conversation I have the study guide for this book and will do i [...]

    15. I was surprised I didn t love this , as I love all I ve heard from Eugene Peterson There were some impactful ideas and imagery about reading the Bible to transform my reality, and they were beautifully stated just overly stated, although I know he was just driving his point home which he did It ll stick with me I so enjoy his metaphors and masterful way of writing, but I do think he could have applied some specifics, practicalities, and tangible supports I found the latter sections on Lectio Di [...]

    16. The Book of Common Prayer contains a prayer which petitions God to enable us to hear holy Scriptures , read, mark and inward digest them I believe that these actions are also the theme of the Christian scholar Eugene Peterson in this book in which the author encourages the reader to deeply read the Bible as to be transformative in our lives However, he doesn t do so without providing some caveats regarding the use of metaphors and being aware of textual context in the writings Peterson performs [...]

    17. This is part two of Peterson s spiritual theology series It s a great explanation of how to think about and read the Bible spiritually.All of it was good, but as several other reviewers have mentioned the third part The Company of Translators is where it shines Peterson not only gives a fascinating history of how we got our Bible he manages to make a story about a shopping list found in a garbage dump FASCINATING , but also shows how Christians today should be carrying on the work of translation [...]

    18. Peterson expounds an intimate and contemplative practice of engaging with the library of Christian scripture Highly recommended for those seeking deeper formation and discipleship in relationship with God.

    19. I really enjoyed this book Although the three sections do seem a bit separate , but maybe that was the author s intention It has made me read The Message now without feeling that its not a real Bible The book is very well written, and accessible to this lay reader.

    20. This books teaches you to do the lectio divina from a Protestant perspective Peterson is passionate about his work and has some good insights and anecdotes.

    21. Enjoyed most of the book The last 20% or so is describing how Peterson ended up writing the Message I could have done without that.

    22. Peterson is an extremely eloquent writer, stirring the reader to embrace the depth of the scriptures through his own use of powerful phrases and imagery Peterson puts a huge emphasis on scripture as story He believes that the only way to enter into the scriptures is to understand the big picture narrative and to understand how our lives fit into God s narrative rather than forcing the story into our own lives.This idea, along with Peterson s other main points, are repeated throughout Eat This Bo [...]

    23. Eugene Peterson author of the Message translation of the bible wants us to eat up the bible much the way John did on Patmos To take it and ingest it so it works it s way through us, maybe even bothers us but in the end is sweet as honey Rev 10 9 10 How do we do this As he argues in the last line of the first chapter These words need rescuing Or rather how we read the word needs rescuing Peterson proposes we develop a discipline of Spiritual Reading which involves seeing and reading scripture dif [...]

    24. Great historical context for the Scriptures This book was great for understanding the heart behind why read the Bible Also enjoyed reading about dr Peterson s personal journey with scripture in his congregation A couple of the final chapters were hard to get thru lots of history that I m just not as familiar with but a academic mind may have loved those parts

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