“A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society” by Eugene H. Peterson

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Random Topics
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Eugene Peterson has a wonderful style of writing that I find captivating.  The Scripture leaps off the page and into life.  I read this book over Christmas break and found it refreshing.  The book traces through the “Psalms of Ascent.”  These were the Psalms that were customarily used during the journey to Jerusalem during holy festivals.  Travelers walking and talking together would have used these songs to talk about what it means to be God’s people.

Eugene Peterson uses these Psalms as a background that shows the significance of a whole life lived in obedience over the long haul.  Our society turns everything into instantaneous satisfaction.  The life of discipleship is the call to “come and die.”  And, it is a long process of continual journey by which we are shaped to be God’s people.  The Psalms give voice to the many emotions and dilemmas that faith faces and how each turns trust, praise, and obedience back toward God… both in response to God’s grace and inspite of dire circumstances.

I highly recommend this book as a journey through the Psalms of Ascent.  It has wonderful reflection and will definitely be a book that I visit again in the near future.


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