* From the translator of The Message comes a definitive collection of teachings on the Christian life and how Scripture informs our relationship with God. Exploring the stories of Moses, David, Isaiah, Solomon, Peter, Paul, and John of Patmos, Peterson brings fresh insights to these familiar names to stir the imagination of all believers. 400 pages, hardcover from Waterbrook.
"Sixty years ago I found myself distracted." So begins the introduction to As Kingfishers Catch Fire. What follows is the record of the collaboration of pastor and congregation in acts of worship and a life together for twenty-nine years at Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Harford County, Maryland. What Peterson discovered is that the pastors life is much more than just the preaching. It is also made up of attending to the details in all the circumstances and relationships specific to a people and a place - prayers at a hospital bed, conversations with the elderly, even small talk on a street corner. The un-distractedness happened gradually, it didnt occur dramatically overnight. But, as Peterson writes, "at least now I was being a pastor and not staying awake at night laying out a strategy or casting a vision."
Eugene H. Peterson, translator of The Message, a bestselling translation of the Bible, is professor emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College, British Columbia, and the author of over thirty books. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Seattle Pacific University, his S.T.B. from New York Theological Seminary, and his M.A. in Semitic Languages from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds several honorary doctoral degrees. In 1962, Peterson was the founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for twenty-nine years before retiring in 1991. He and his wife, Jan, live in Montana.
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