Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology

Eerdmans - Lamenting the vacuous, often pagan nature of contemporary American spirituality, Eugene Peterson here firmly grounds spirituality once more in Trinitarian theology and offers a clear, practical statement of what it means to actually live out the Christian life. Writing in the conversational style that he is well known for, Peterson boldly sweeps out the misunderstandings that clutter conversations on spiritual theology and refurnishes the subject only with what is essential.

Christ plays in ten thousand places reunites spirituality and theology in a cultural context where these two vital facets of Christian faith have been rent asunder. As peterson shows, present the christian gospel, follow the narrative of Scripture, must remain sensitive to ordinary life, in order to be at once biblical and meaningful, and be rooted in the "fear of the Lord" -- in short, spiritual theology, spiritual theology must be about God and not about us.

Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology - The foundational book in a five-volume series on spiritual theology emerging from Peterson's pen, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places provides the conceptual and directional help we all need to live the Christian gospel well and maturely in the conditions that prevail in the church and world today.





Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

Eerdmans - 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.





Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ Eugene Peterson's Five "Conversations" in Spiritual Theology

Eerdmans - Winner of christianity today's 2011 award for best book in spiritualityThough bringing people to new birth in Christ through evangelism is essential, says Eugene Peterson, isn't growth in Christ equally essential? Yet the American church by and large does not treat Christian maturity and character formation with much urgency.

In practice resurrection peterson brings the voice of scripture -- especially Paul's letter to the Ephesians -- and the voice of the contemporary Christian congregation together to unpack the crucial truth of what it means to fully grow up to the "stature of Christ. ".





The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way

Eerdmans - A way of failure. A way on the margins. The jesus way ― part of eugene Peterson’s meaty "conversations" on spiritual theologyA way of sacrifice. In the jesus way eugene peterson shows how the ways of those who came before Christ ― Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David, and Isaiah ― revealed and prepared the "way of the Lord" that became incarnate and complete in Jesus.

Further, peterson calls into question common “ways” followed by the contemporary American church, charisma, celebrity, showing in stark relief how what we have chosen to focus on ― consumerism, and so forth ― obliterates what is unique in the Jesus way. A way of holiness.





Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers

Eerdmans - Can our everyday speech, then, be just as important as the words and prayers we hear from the pulpit? Eugene Peterson unequivocally says "Yes!"Peterson's Tell It Slant explores how Jesus used language, particularly in his parables and prayers. The fourth volume in peterson's best-selling "conversations" in spiritual theologyJust as God used words both to create the world and to give us commandments, we too use words for many different purposes.

Tell it slant beautifully points to Jesus' engaging, relational way of speaking as a model for us today. In fact, we use the same language to talk to each other and to talk to God. His was not a direct language of information or instruction but an indirect, oblique language requiring a participating imagination — "slant" language.





As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God

WaterBrook - Nothing captures the biblical foundation for this journey better than Peterson’s teachings over his twenty-nine years as a pastor. A chasm had developed between the way I was preaching from the pulpit and my deepest convictions on what it meant to be a pastor. And so began peterson’s journey to live and teach a life of congruence—congruence between preaching and living, between what we do and the way we do it, between what is written in Scripture and how we live out that truth.

As kingfishers catch fire offers a never-before-published collection of these teachings to anyone longing for a richer, truer spirituality. Waterbrook. Peterson’s strikingly beautiful prose and deeply grounded insights usher us into a new understanding of how to live out the good news of the Word made flesh.

As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God - This is one man’s compelling quest to discover not only how to be a pastor but how to be a human being. Living out the word made flesh   “Sixty years ago I found myself distracted, ” Eugene Peterson wrote.





A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society

IVP Books - Tucked away in the hebrew psalter, peterson discovered "an old dog-eared songbook, " the Songs of Ascents that were sung by pilgrims on their way up to worship in Jerusalem. In these songs psalms 120-134 peterson finds encouragement for modern pilgrims as we learn to grow in worship, work, humility, joy, service, happiness, community and blessing.

This 20th anniversary edition of a Long Obedience in the Same Direction features these Psalms in Peterson's widely acclaimed paraphrase, The Message. As a society, we are no less obsessed with the immediate than when Eugene Peterson first wrote this Christian classic. Waterbrook. But peterson's time-tested prescription for discipleship remains the same--a long obedience in the same direction.

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society - He also includes an epilogue in which he reflects on the themes of this book and his ministry during the twenty years since its original publication. If anything, email and the Internet may have intensified our quest for the quick fix.





Praying with the Psalms: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words of David

HarperOne - Waterbrook. A devotional prayer book focusing on one year with the Psalms, the most sensitive and honest words written about daily stress and daily blessings.





Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at Its Best

IVP Books - Waterbrook. His writing is filled with humor and self-reflection, insight and wisdom, helping to set a course for others in the quest for life at its best. Why then do we often find our lives so humdrum, but still devoid of fulfillment? how do we learn to risk, so full of activity, so routine? Or else so frantic, to trust, so unadventuresome, to pursue wholeness and excellence―to run with the horses in the jungle of life? In a series of profound reflections on the life of Jeremiah the prophet, Eugene Peterson explores the heart of what it means to be fully and genuinely human.

In jeremiah 12:5 god says to the prophet, how can you compete with horses? if you stumble in safe country, "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?" We all long to live life at its best―to fuse freedom and spontaneity with purpose and meaning.





Reversed Thunder: The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination

HarperOne - Peterson's eloquent meditation on the Revelation of St. John engages the imagination and awakens the intellect to the vitality and relevance of the last words on scripture, worship, politics, salvation, witness, church, Christ, judgement, prayer, evil, and heaven. Waterbrook.





Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer

HarperOne - Peterson speaks to christians who realize the necessity for prayer and yearn for it but who find their prayer unconvincing and unsatisfying. Addressing the causes of this dissatisfaction, Answering God offers guidelines for using the Psalms as dynamic tools for prayer. Eugene H. Waterbrook.