Leap Over a Wall   -     By: Eugene H. Peterson
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Leap Over a Wall

HarperOne / 1998 / Paperback

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Peterson's The Message has made the New Testament clearer for more than one million readers. Now he illuminates the dramatic life of King David to help enrich your Christian walk! Peterson examines 1 & 2 Samuel and Psalms to reveal how David's many sides (betrayed father, sinful adulterer, faithful friend) hold vital growth lessons for your own spiritual journey. 256 pages, softcover from HarperCollins.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 8.0 X 5.25 X .5 (inches)
ISBN: 006066522X
ISBN-13: 9780060665227

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Publisher's Description

Leap Over a Wall is Eugene H. Peterson’s vibrant, insightful, and heartfelt exploration of one of the Bible’s most controversial figures: King David. Peterson beautifully elucidates the Old Testament’s rich depictions of David's failures and victories, recapturing their excitement and immediacy to reveal David himself as a crucially human example of how we relate to God. A vision brought to life by one of the world’s most respected and influential theologians, the author of The Pastor, The Jesus Way, Practice Resurrection, and The Message—a bestselling contemporary translation of the Bible—Leap Over a Wall is a unique opportunity to reconnect with David, a man simultaneously admirable, soulful, and dark, and one of the most complex and vital characters of the greatest story ever written.

Author Bio

Eugene H. Peterson, author 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 and his wife, Jan, live in Montana.

Editorial Reviews

“Eugene H. Peterson skillfully uses the David story to talk not about David, but about you and me. Leap Over A Wall is the human story in all its wonder and terror and pity.”
“Leap Over A Wall brings King David’s life so close to us, each event a devotional experience, each application an experience that walks us step by step to David’s God and ours.”
“The author brings the Old Testament world revealingly close to our own century, and he makes vivid the notion that God’s purposes are worked out in the ordinariness of specific human lives.”
“This retelling and reflection on the life of David, the most completely portrayed character in the Bible . . . depicts an epic figure with the foibles of modern men and women. . . . This everyman analysis brings new life to the stories.”

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  1. Texas
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 22, 2009
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    This is one of the best books I have ever read to not only give deep insight to the life of David but help me see that the beauty and strength of our Lord is with us no matter what we go through. I higly recommend it for everyone. You couldn't find a better study on the life of David or find help and wisdom of your own.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 8, 2005
    Eugene Peterson is that rare blend of Scholar and Pastor; in reading this book one is struck by his ability to put the gospel into terms that can actually be lived out. He has no time for a hypocritical esoteric spirituality. For our spirituality is "fleshed" out in the most real sense in the midst of the "everyday". It is in such acts as changing a child's diaper that we practice spirituality...in essence this is Peterson's message (no pun intended).
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 21, 2003
    I was required to read this book for a class on the life of David. I picked it up and could not put it down. It was fresh and very readable. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to dig a bit deeper into the life of David.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 31, 2001
    Larry George
    It gives good insights into the life of David and goes beyond the usual to draw out important details that helped me to understand some important passages in David's life.
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