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.Publishers Description
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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6"
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2009
Publisher William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
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|An excellent read. Good small group book. Oct 12, 2009|
|This book was recommended by our minister and we decided to read it. It would be a great small group study book but very informative to any christian individually also.|
|Great for all age believers! A must read! Sep 12, 2009|
|I am loving this book. Eugene lends such great insight into why christian reading is so important. I believe it's a very foundational and formational book for young and aged christians.|
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|Not Knowing but Becoming May 24, 2009|
|This book goes down easy, like a comfort food. I expect nothing less from Eugene Peterson, the translator of The Message, a wonderful modern English translation of the Bible. Here, he challenges why and how we read scripture while remaining gentle and encouraging about the matter, as a pastor should.|
In the first part, Peterson challenges "my holy wants, my holy needs, and my holy wants" as the false trinity competing with the real Trinity that wants to reveal both God and ourselves to us through the Bible.
The second part is about the way Christians read the Bible: not just to know it but to live it - through lectio divina.
The third part reveals the history of the Bible's translation, beginning with its origin as a translated document: Jesus' own words recorded therein are Greek translations from the Aramaic he likely spoke.
I expect a wide audience will find this book relevant and engaging.
|Living the Living Word May 2, 2009|
|Peterson has some thought-provoking ideas in this book. I particularly appreciate his insights on Western individualism and professionalism. Peterson quotes G.K. Chesterton who satirizes the situation in his book, HERETICS, saying, "Once men sang together round a table in chorus; now one man sings alone, for the absurd reason that he can sing better. If scientific civilization goes on (which is most improbable) only one man will laugh, because he can laugh better than the rest." We do this with our spiritual lives sometimes, don't we? The youth pastor is responsible for my kids' spiritual growth... the leader of my Bible study is the one on whom I rely to do all the Bible study and then pass it on to me... the head pastor is the expert I trust to tell me what to think... |
You may not go quite that far, but you probably know people who do. And it's something prevalent enough to warrant addressing it -- Since this is a pervasive way of thinking in my culture, has it crept into the way I think? Is professionalism all bad? How do we resist the ways it is unhealthy?
I think Peterson swings a bit too far on the pendulum in reaction against the ideology of professionalism, particularly as he suggests everyone can be an exegete, which to some degree is true, but there are trained, or professional, exegetes upon whom we should rely for help in our Bible study efforts. However, Peterson is right. If we think, 'I have a job and a family and don't have time to study the Scriptures, but studying the Scriptures is the job of the pastor...' That's not a good place for us to be.
Peterson also encourages us to develop a "hermeneutic of adoration" and draws our attention to Paul Ricoeur:
"Paul Ricoeur has wonderful counsel for people like us. Go ahead, he says, maintain and practice your hermeneutics of suspicion. It is important to do this. Not only important, it is necessary... But then reenter the book, the world, with what he calls 'a second naivete.' Look at the world with childlike wonder, ready to be startled into surprised delight by the profuse abundance of truth and beauty and goodness that is spilling out of the skies at every moment. Cultivate a hermeneutics of adoration -- see how large, how splendid, how magnificent life is."
Overall, I appreciate this book and hope it provides encouragement and inspiration for those wondering if personal Bible study is possible and how to begin.
|Informative reading Jan 30, 2009|
|I am about half-way through this book and have found Peterson's ideas making a lot of sense.I am very much involved in reading and studying the Bible and his book has given me new insights into really making God's Word a living reality in my life.|
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