The Jesus Way – Eugene Peterson

28 08 2009

petersonI’m not sure what to make of this book. Its the 3rd in a projected 5 volume series on Spiritual theology. As I read through each chapter I became frustrated that Peterson spent so much time beating around the bush. But then his conclusions came in sharp and penetrating. Each chapter read like a meander up a mountain. The summit was breathtaking, but hard work getting there. Perhaps we need more books like Peterson’s that slow us down to a blur. In our current culture we operate at break neck pace, and want everything now. Everything must be instantaneous or else we lose interest and are onto the next thing. This Christian is sick of consumer Spiritualities and tired of living on fast food diets.

Peterson is long winded and poetic and I got the impression that Peterson refused to give quick answers, or 5 step how to spirituality techniques that always fall short of what they promised to deliver. I must say on first glance I was confused by this book. How can it be a book about Jesus if spends most of its time discussing Old Testament Characters and some new pagan leaders? But I guess the book is an excercise in Biblical theology. Peterson allows the Bible to speak for itself, and as we soak ourselves in its story we find that the Jesus way becomes clearer. The most helpful chapter was that of Israel’s exile. Peterson did an excellent job of conveying how devastating it must have felt for those going through that. The despair, the pain, the anguish, the confusion, I felt all of that while reading that chapter. Having studied the Bible for some years now it is refreshing to read authors who move you, and challenge your thinking. I reccomend the book.

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