A Burning in My Bones (Hardcover)

The Authorized Biography of Eugene Peterson, Translator of The Message

By Winn Collier

WaterBrook, 9780735291621, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

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This essential authorized biography of Eugene Peterson offers unique insights into the experiences and spiritual convictions of the iconic American pastor and beloved translator of The Message. 

“This hunger for something radical—something so true that it burned in his bones—was a constant in Eugene’s life. His longing for God ignited a ferocity in his soul.” 

Encounter the multifaceted life of one of the most influential and creative pastors of the past half century with unforgettable stories of his lifelong devotion to his craft and love of language, the influences and experiences that shaped his unquenchable faith, the inspiration for his decision to translate The Message, and his success and struggles as a pastor, husband, and father. 

Author Winn Collier was given exclusive access to Eugene and his materials for the production of this landmark work. Drawing from his friendship and expansive view of Peterson’s life, Collier offers an intimate look into a rare, remarkable life that is at once artful, sacred, and earthy.

For Eugene, the gifts of life were inexhaustible: the glint of fading light over the lake, a kiss from Jan, a good joke, a bowl of butter pecan ice cream. As you enter into his story, you’ll find yourself doing the same—noticing how the most ordinary things shimmer with a new and unexpected beauty.

About the Author

Winn Collier is the author of multiple books, including Restless Faith and Holy Curiosity. He is pastor of All Souls Charlottesville and directs the Genesis Project, a collective dedicated to one of our simplest, noblest human acts: friendship. He has written for the Washington Post, Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Relevant, and numerous other outlets. Winn holds a PhD from the University of Virginia, where he focused on the intersection of religion and literary fiction. Winn, his wife, and their two sons live in Charlottesville, Virginia.