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

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

Scritto da Eugene H. Peterson

Narrato da Lloyd James


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

Scritto da Eugene H. Peterson

Narrato da Lloyd James

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4.5/5 (21 valutazioni)
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5 ore
Pubblicato:
Mar 1, 2005
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9781596441194
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Descrizione

This world is no friend to grace. However, God has given us some resources. As we grow in character qualities like hope, patience, repentance and joy, we ill grow in our ability to persevere.

The biblical passages in these studies offer encouragement to continue in the path Christ has set forth for us.

An EChristian, Inc production.

Pubblicato:
Mar 1, 2005
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Informazioni sull'autore

Eugene H. Peterson, translator of The Message Bible (17 million sold), authored more than 30 books, including the spiritual classics A Long Obedience in the Same Direction and Run with the Horses. He earned his BA in Philosophy from Seattle Pacific University, his STB from New York Theological Seminary, and his MA in Semitic Languages from John Hopkins University. He also held several honorary doctoral degrees. In 1962, Peterson was founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Bel Air, Maryland, where he and his wife, Jan, served for 29 years before retiring in 1991. Peterson held the title of professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, British Columbia, from 1998 until his death in 2018.

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  • (5/5)
    This book was refreshing water to my thirsty soul. I must read it again soon!
  • (5/5)
    Excellent for anyone desiring to disciple others. It will disciple you first!
  • (5/5)
    Seventeen publishers rejected this manuscript.Peterson recalls being informed that "there was no 'niche' in the market, ... that it was irrelevant to the concerns of contemporary North Americans" (202). Who wants to purchase a book on Spiritual Growth with the words "long" and "obedience" in the title, anyway?Fortunately, InterVarsity Press took a risk and published a book that spoke honestly about Spiritual Growth. Life with God is not a sprint—it's a decade-long path of obedience. Whether or not the message is popular is irrelevant: it's true.This book is a meditation on the 15 Songs of Ascent (Psalms 120-134). Even at the beginning of his career, Peterson had a knack for taking ancient scripture with all its obscurity (Kedar? Meshech?) and making it deeply understandable and personal. As a pastor, I'm amazed at his skill. The modern applications he explores are so obvious in hindsight—but it takes someone like Peterson to point them out in the first place.I don't recommend many devotional works. I'm probably too cynical, but I find that most of Christendom's best-sellers are little more than pop-psychology with a Christian veneer. This is not the case with Peterson. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction runs counter to the spirit of our age even as it aligns with God's paths.I suspect this is one of those books that will be reprinted in perpetuity for the life of the church.
  • (5/5)
    This book is a treasure! Peterson uses the psalms of ascent to frame his discussion of living the Christian life and learning to live like Christ. Chapters explore topics such as hope, perseverance, community, joy, etc. I will read this one again and again!
  • (5/5)
    This is one of the best books about Christian faith I have read. Peterson draws his title from Friedrich Nietzsche, a most unlikely place. "The essential thing 'in heaven and earth' is... that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living." Peterson's premise is that today's marketing/tourist mindset has changed religion and how people practice it. He examines Psalms 120-134, the Songs of Ascent, and how they pertain to the "long obedience in the same direction" of Christianity. Some quotes:"There is a great market for religious experience in our world; there is little enthusiasm for the patient acquisition of virtue, little inclination to sign up for a long apprenticeship in what earlier generations of Christians called holiness.""...I am quite sure that for a pastor in Western culture at the dawn of the twenty-first century, the aspect of the world that makes the work of leading Christians in the way of faith most difficult is what Gore Vidal has analyzed as 'today's passion for the immediate and the casual.' Everyone is in a hurry. The persons whom I lead in worship... want shortcuts. They want me to help them fill out the form that will get them instant credit (in eternity). They are impatient for results." On joy- "We try to get it through entertainment. We pay someone to make jokes, tell stories, perform dramatic actions, sing songs. We buy the vitality of another's imagination to divert and enliven our own poor lives. The enormous entertainment industry in America is a sign of the depletion of joy in our culture. Society is a bored, gluttonous king employing a court jester to divert it after an overindulgent meal. But that kind of joy never penetrates our lives... When we run out of money, the joy trickles away.""Western culture takes up where Babel left off and deifies human effort as such. The machine is the symbol of this way of life which attempts to control and manage... Machines become more important than the people who use them. We care more for our possessions with which we hope to make our way in the world than with our thoughts and dreams which tell us who we are in the world."
  • (5/5)
    This is the third time I've read A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, and it has the same kind of staying power - as does its author, Eugene Peterson - as it talks about. The book is not exactly a Bible study; it is more a scriptural meditation, which Peterson excels at and has done all his pastoral life. Reading it will teach one to read scripture prayerfully and carefully, with response all important. In 2000, the 20th anniversary edition was released with a little updating and Bible passages from Peterson's The Message instead of the RSV. The book is of historic interest, because it was in writing it that Peterson was led to embark on his paraphrase of the Bible which came out as The Message. It was also the first of about 30 more books of scriptural meditation/discipleship. I've read about 10 of his other books and they are magnificent. If you are a follower of Christ, and haven't read any Eugene Peterson yet, please do so!!!!