Eat This Book

A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

By Eugene H. Peterson
(William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Hardcover, 9780802829481, 186pp.)

Publication Date: January 2006

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Compact Disc

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Eugene Peterson is convinced that the "way" we read the Bible is as important as "that" we read the Bible. Do we read it 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?

"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 much-needed, down-to-earth counsel on spiritual reading. Along the way, he draws readers into a fascinating conversation about the nature of language, the ancient practice of "lectio divina," and the role of translations, including his own best-selling contemporary Bible translation, "The Message."

Countering the turn towards subjective personal interpretation as the final authority, Peterson gives the reader something substantial instead; a way to enter into a world of serious spiritual reading.

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