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This book takes you back to Jesus' time so you can experience the Resurrection through the eyes of biblical witnesses.
Christ's friends were utterly transformed by His resurrection. Their friendship, their work, and even their meals together took on a new meaning and purpose. The same can happen to us today.
Eugene Peterson, beloved pastor, scholar, and translator of The Message, takes you back to Jesus' time so you can experience the Resurrection through the eyes of biblical witnesses. You'll be a participant in the story, so its meaning and wonder can enliven your soul as never before.
Living the Resurrection
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Living The Resurrection
Living the Resurrection(the risen Christ in everyday life)
By Eugene H. Peterson
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Peterson uses three points to help inspire Christians to live Christ Resurrection everyday of our lives. Resurrection Wonder, Resurrection Meals, and Resurrection Friends provide a guide to use Christ Resurrection each moment.
In Chapter one, “Resurrection Wonder”, the author strives to remind us of basic Christianity. The wonder of Jesus Resurrection should never ware off. Examples are given and applied to our lives today of idolatry and keeping the Sabbath holy. Peterson explores God’s hand in our workplaces. We often do not see it at the time but on reflection God’s miracles stand out.
Resurrection Meals, Chapter 2, opens with “God talk” and how we need to put it into practice instead of only talking about it. He then moves on to how Christians “disconnect” Christ from certain aspects of our lives. The everyday action of eating a meal is the cornerstone of Resurrection. Our spirituality should follow our daily routine.
The final chapter, “Resurrection Friends”, centers on forming our own “Christian Idenities.” We should form ourselves into experts on Christianity and not on commercialized Chrisitan books and other items. We as Christians should learn and grow around our friends not in large crowds of strangers.
In short Eugene Peterson steers the reader toward a spiritual resurrection an a revival of biblical teachings.
I was inspired by many of the simple points the author makes throughout the book. The basis of the Resurrection of Christ as applied to our everyday life is a prime element of the Bible. I fully intend to put into practice the guide points Peterson lays out.
4/11/2010 2:41:27 PM
Living life to the full
Eugene Peterson subtitles this book ‘The Risen Christ in Everyday Life’ and shows us how to live in the truth of the resurrection. On one level, it is an easy read – after all, Peterson is the man behind the hugely accessible The Message but it goes far deeper. It challenges and encourages .
The book ends with the resurrection stories from The Message. I suggest that this is where we should start, with the Word as the core and backdrop to Peterson’s thoughts. He reflects on three aspects of Christ’s resurrection. Firstly the wonder of the resurrection spurs us on, not just to ‘life after death’ but ‘life in the land of the living’. We need to keep before us that sense of awe and amazement. “Without wonder, we approach spiritual formation as a self-help project.” This perspective, considering Christ’s marvellous defeat of death, reminds us that “our souls are formed by what we cannot work up or take charge of”. It’s up to God, not up to us.
Yet this development of our souls is not done in isolation but in the context of everyday life. The resurrection meal - the familiarity of eating - reflects how Jesus takes whatever we offer him, blesses it, breaks it and gives it back to us to use for his glory.
Finally, we are to live and practise resurrection in the context of the Church: in the company of friends who we are in relationship with because of WHO WE ARE IN JESUS.
A simple formula for the Christian life: repent, simplify, turn our backs on ‘the world, the flesh and the devil’ and follow him who IS the resurrection and the life. Simple.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
4/11/2010 2:00:22 PM
Christ's resurrection has relevance for every day life
Eugene H. Peterson discusses the importance of Christ's resurrection to spiritual formation in our everyday life in his new book, "Living the Resurrection." Christian formation which Peterson calls "formation-by-resurrection" demands vigilance. In three chapters, Peterson covers Resurrection Wonder, Resurrection Meals and Resurrection Friends.
The primary function of the church is the formation of souls, a responsibility Peterson says is being neglected. Christian idolatry has become tolerated as the church has encouraged believers to purchase the newest program advertised to aid in our spiritual growth. The workplace does not tolerate wonder and leads to idolatry by putting us in a position of control. We get back our resurrection wonder by keeping the Sabbath.
Mealtime is a time for reconnection with our loved ones. Food is a universal need and each culture has a tradition of eating together to cultivate relationship, recognize personal dignity and receive pleasure in giving and receiving. Jesus often taught the multitudes in the ordinariness of life--through a meal, attending synagogue, travelling from place to place.
Finally, Peterson points out that spiritual formation takes place in the company of friends, not professionals. Though we are puzzled, confused, questioning, and doubting, we are also singing, believing, praying and obeying. It is all personal rather than impersonal. Jesus is personal. He does not want to hold us at arm's length. He wants to draw us in and love us and care for us. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Peterson's style of leading us through the resurrection stories of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John points out the importance of celebrating the resurrection every day rather than one week of the year. The appendix includes "Resurrection Stories from 'The Message'" which enhances his book. Christ's friends were transformed by the resurrection for the rest of their lives--our lives should be transformed as well and Peterson teaches us how.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
4/4/2010 2:15:45 PM
A New Look at the Resurrection
Eugene Peterson who is know for The Message paraphrase of the Bible takes on the subject of the Resurrection of Jesus and how it should effect our everyday lives.
This was a very Short book and I felt alittle rushed in spots like the author was trying to get alot of information into the book with a small amount of space. I had to reread a few passages because I really couldn't figure out where the author was trying to go to, but after I reread it I figured it out.
All that being said I felt that it was a very beneficial book and it made me look at the Resurrection in a whole new way.
The book is divided up into Three Sections: Resurrection Wonder, Resurrection Meals and Resurrection Friends. I personally got the most benefit out of the section Resurrection Wonder. The Author talks about how in our culture we need to get back the Wonder of The Resurrection and come at it like a child.
The Main thing I took away from this book was a quote from a little girl who was talking to her Grandmother. "Grandmother, let's not have any God talk okay? I believe that God is everywhere. Let's just get on with life." I think that we Christians do just that,h ave alot of God talk and don't get on with our lives.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
3/29/2010 9:58:48 AM
Living the Resurrection by Eugene H. Peterson
The concept behind this book is that Jesus' resurrection should affect our daily lives in a practical and noticeable way. Eugene Peterson, the translator for The Message, presents how this ought to affect our lives in three areas: work through the sabbath, mealtimes through the Lord's Supper, and church service and personal growth through water baptism.
I think this is a good book. It's unapologetic about Jesus' desire for our lives to be impacted in a big way, and it's practical about application too, so don't buy this book if you're just looking for a interesting read. The truth of the resurrection is well explained, and a wide variety of Bible passages are used to back up his arguments, which is good.
The writing style is easy to read, and easy to understand. The construct is logical and it's broken down into bitesize chunks, which is a good job because the chapters, while few, are long!
Peterson's a bit of a wordsmith so on occasion he presents his ideas in a poetic, rather than strictly accurate, form, but that's what you're going to get with him so if that's you're kind of thing you'll love it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of theirBlogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
3/22/2010 3:21:38 AM
Challenging and Informative
Eugene H. Peterson has a unique gift of being able to take the most complex subjects and break them down into explanations that many can understand and relate to. His latest book, Living the Resurrection, is no exception. Peterson takes a central tenet of the Christian faith – Jesus’s resurrection – and explains it in a most enlightening manner. The book is broken down into three main sections to illustrate the concept of why the resurrection is about so much more than a historic event, but should be lived out by every believer, every day. These sections include experiencing the wonder of Christ, as well as sharing meals and relationships with other believers.
I found this book to be very insightful and challenging. It is no easy task to tackle such a well known (in religious circles) topic, and make it fresh and relevant. Peterson does just that. I particularly enjoyed how he incorporated each of the four gospel accounts of the resurrections using his Bible translation from the Message. This is not necessarily an easy read, but it is a very good one none the less.
I received a copy of this book for review purposes from NavPress. No other compensation was received.
3/12/2010 9:52:51 PM
Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life by Eugene Peterson
Eugene Peterson invites readers to look at the Resurrection as a life-changing event that impacts daily life. Too often daily life can take its toll and the wonder of the Resurrection fades. In this book, Peterson calls us to revisit the Resurrection and experience the Resurrection through the eyes of the first witnesses and he does so by inviting us to look at ‘Resurrection Wonder’, ‘Resurrection Meals’, and ‘Resurrection Friends’ with fresh eyes.
The shared experience of fear and wonder, added to the sharing of meals and through the Lord’s Supper ordinance brings us together as equals and friends in the presence of Jesus. Spiritual formation is not something that should happen as we check off the next item on our list of spiritual disciplines, rather it happens as we live the resurrection together.
While most Christians would say that Easter is one of the two most important days in the Christian calendar, most are not living as if Easter has any connection with their daily lives. After reading this book, I was challenged to allow the truth of this sacred day to be the center of spiritual formation in my life. Too often church leaders look at the ‘Easter Service-and-all-that-has-to-be-done-to-prepare-for-it’ rather than look to Jesus. I would highly recommend this book to those who are church leaders as well as believers seeking to look to Jesus.
3/11/2010 2:25:40 PM