A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society  -     By: Eugene H. Peterson
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In the Songs of Ascent (Psalms 120-134), Peterson discovers an old Hebrew songbook used by pilgrims on their way up to Jerusalem. He seizes on these verses to teach lessons on discipleship and encouraging us to grow in joy, service, humility, and community. For 20 years Peterson's discipleship classic has been encouraging Christians to persevere. Now this revised edition, featuring the Psalms of Ascents in The Message paraphrase, can do the same for you!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 212
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830822577
ISBN-13: 9780830822577
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As a society, we are no less obsessed with the immediate than when Eugene Peterson first wrote this Christian classic. If anything, email and the Internet may have intensified our quest for the quick fix. But Peterson's time-tested prescription for discipleship remains the same--a long obedience in the same direction. 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, service, joy, work, happiness, humility, 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. 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.

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Peterson, now retired, was for many years James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. In addition to his widely acclaimed paraphrase of the Bible, (NavPress), he has written many other books.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 20, 2010
    Clina C. Hayes
    The book enabled me to better understand the Psalms--not just something beautiful to read but what they mean to the ordinary Christian attempting to worship and learn to a greater degree about our Heavenly Father.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 18, 2009
    Nancy Frizzell
    I ordered the book for a group study. We have not begun the discussion yet. But the several who have read the beginning have given it rave reviews.
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    March 24, 2008
    Magdalena Socea
    Great book. Good follow up to Run With the Horses. Authors writing style is easy to read. He is direct and straightforward.
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