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Subversive Spirituality [Paperback]

By Eugene H. Peterson (Author)
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According to respected pastor, author, and teacher Eugene Peterson, "the Christian life, in one of its main aspects, is a recovery of what was lost in Fall. We happen upon, we notice, we reach out and touch things and ideas, people and events, and among these the Holy Scriptures themselves, that were there all along but that our ego-swollen souls or our sin-blurred eyes quite simply overlooked--sometimes for years and years and years...." In Submissive Spirituality Peterson has gathered together a host of writings penned over the past twenty-five years that reflect on the overlooked facets of the spiritual life. Comprising occasional pieces, short biblical studies, poetry, pastoral readings, and interviews, this work captures the epiphanies of life with the pleasing pastoral style and inspiring depth of insight for which Peterson is well known. Freshly phrased and refreshingly honest, these reflections will--as do all of Peterson's writings--help lead readers into a deeper understanding of the spiritual meaning of the Christian life.

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Subversive Spirituality is a gathering together of articles written by Eugene Peterson over the past twenty-five years. Made up of occasional pieces, short biblical studies, poetry, pastoral readings and interviews, this book reflects on the overlooked facets of the spiritual life. Peterson captures the epiphanies of life with the pleasing pastoral style and inspiring depth of insight for which he is well known. Peterson describes his book this way: "The gathering of articles and essays, poems and conversations, is a kind of kitchen midden of my noticings of the obvious in the course of living out the Christian life in the vocational context of pastor, writer, and professor. The randomness and repetitions and false starts are rough edges that I am leaving as is in the interests of honesty. Spirituality is not, by and large, smooth. I do hope, however, that they will be found to be 'freshly phrased.'"

Awards and Recognitions
Subversive Spirituality by Eugene H. Peterson has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 1998 Winner - Top 25 category

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   274
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 27, 1997
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802842976  
ISBN13  9780802842978  

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More About Eugene H. Peterson

Eugene H. Peterson Eugene H. Peterson (born November 6, 1932), is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He has written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language[1] (Navpress Publishing Group, 2002), a contemporary translation of the Bible.

Peterson was born in East Stanwood, Washington and grew up in Kalispell, Montana. 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 a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring in 1991. He was Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia until retiring in 2006. He now lives in Montana.

Eugene H. Peterson currently resides in Vancouver. Eugene H. Peterson was born in 1932.

Eugene H. Peterson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Experiencing God
  2. Exploration in Vocational Holiness
  3. First Book Challenge
  4. Growing Deeper
  5. Growing in Christ
  6. LifeChange
  7. Lifeguide Bible Studies
  8. Message
  9. My First Message
  10. Navpress Devotional Readers
  11. Quiet Times for the Heart
  12. Studies in Christian Living

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I'm Going To Buy One of These! You Should Too!!  Apr 2, 2005
When I visited a hospital patient today my associate pastor handed me a copy of this book and told me that her husband rarely reads to her, but this book got him excited. I sat down with the book and began to look it over. I didn't stop until I finished the book! My only regreat is that I didn't own the copy. I wanted to highlight many of the passages to share with my family. Now, I have to get my own copy.

This is a collection of Eugene Peterson's writings down through the years. Many of them are encouraging: just as many run counter to modern Protestant pastoral thought.

Eugene Peterson writes in the wordy style of a poet. Often I warn the more practical readers out there that they might stumble over the excessive words. I don't think you will stumble over this one. The chapters are short, practical, and diverse. This is a book for both the poet and pragmatist.
What ... A Sampler from Proflic writer, professor & pastor?  Dec 31, 2003
Watching prison inmates process into Sunday eve Chapel Worship services, I noted number of Peterson's "THE MESSAGE!" I became curious to read A Sampler Collection of his early writings and interviews. From his perspective as prof of "Spiritual Theology" at Regent College in Vancouver, to founder and pastor of 18 yrs in Baltimore, I enjoyed reading personal interviews from 1981 to 1995. My first reading of Pastoral work had been his "Five Smooth Stones of Pastoral Care" somewhere in the late 1980's. As CPE student, I was impressed with his deeply rooted theological approach to the pastorate.

For a retired Chaplain who continues to fill-in Sunday evening worship services, his interviews are revealing of another one who tries to stay abreast of contemporary novels and poetry. I identified in reading, Unexpected Allies from "Christianity Today" that, "I don't read novels to get sermon illustrations or poetry for quotable lines." I honor anyone who continues to grow alongside staying in-touch with the creative process! He sounds as if he obviously avoided taking an easy haphazardly approach to the pastorate!

In Peterson's evaluation of not finding materials for growth of Spiritual Foundation from Seminary, I believe this is addressed today by numerous pastoral groups who are advertising "Spiritual Growth in Foundational Experiences." I am aware of several in Georgia designated for both pastors and chaplains.

Although I learned much about his deeper theological roots as professor, writer and pastor, I also enjoyed prodding around in his discussion upon his 'word-world' studies of both Hebrew and Greek texts! Look-up or into his resources from a "mystical- center" of his Evangelical World! From one still..."Surprised by Joy" from the Logos! Retired Chaplain Fred W Hood
What is spirituality?  Jun 7, 2003
In writing this book, `Subversive Spirituality', Eugene Peterson, professor of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, has gone back over his writings of the past twenty-five years and pulled together elements of writings in essays, biblical studies, poetry, pastoral readings, and interviews to examine many of the overlooked aspects of spirituality.

Peterson writes: `This gathering of articles and essays, poems and conversations, is a kind of kitchen midden of my noticings of the obvious in the course of living out the Christian life in the vocational context of pastor, writer, and professor. The randomness and repetitions and false starts are rough edges that I am leaving as is in the interests of honesty. Spirituality is not, by and large, smooth.'

We have a particular meaning attached to the word subversive, which is generally a sociological and political one. While this is certain akin to the meaning utilised here, it has a different slant and context. All spirituality, in a sense, is subversive, in the sense that it seeks not that which the material world (and usually that means the political world) holds to be important, but seeks a transformation. Most major religious figures have been subversive -- they have tried to change in small and major ways the prevailing framework of life. Religion is sometimes described as the institutionalisation of a revolution; when the institution overpowers the revolution, what is needed to get back on track is a subversion.

Peterson divides the book into five broad sections: Spirituality, Biblical Studies, Poetry, Pastoral Readings, and Conversations. In discussing scripture, seminary experiences, pastoral encounters and relationships, innovative ideas and creative imaginings, Peterson presents, as it were, the raw, unrefined nuggets of spiritual expression he has encountered, in his own life and in the experiences of those close by him, as well as those lessons he has gleaned from the studies of others.

`Spirituality is always in danger of self-absorption, of becoming so intrigued with matters of soul that God is treated as a mere accessory to my experience. This requires much vigilance. Spiritual theology is, among other things, the exercise of this vigilance.'

Spirituality is a subversive practise, when done properly. As Peterson states in one of his conversations, Christians in the West believe they are living in a culture which is Christian, and are often truly amazed to discover that they have more in common with the idol worshippers warned against in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures than with anything Jesus would have really wanted.

As one currently in seminary, I found his discussion of spiritual formation in context of the seminary to be intriguing and enlightening.

`They commonly enter seminary motivated by a commitment to God and a desire to serve their Lord in some form of ministry, and find that they are being either distracted or deflected from that intention at every turn. They find themselves immersed in Chalcedonian controversies, they find themselves staying up late at night memorising Greek paradigms, they wake in the morning, rubbing their eyes, puzzled over hairsplitting distinctions between homoousios and homoiousios. This is not what they had bargained on.... Seminaries were regarded as the graveyard of spirituality. Seminaries were where men and women lost their faith.'

I am fortunate that my seminary experience has, thus far, maintained a balance of spiritual encouragement as well as academic enlightenment.

This is a first class book, borne of a lifetime of searching, reflecting, and acting, and can give much food for thought. Regardless of the denomination of the reader, there is material here for the deepening of one's own spirituality, and for putting into life's practise a greater amount of living in accord with the spirit.

A Peterson Sampler - Start with this book.  Jul 27, 2002
Eugene Peterson is an author that should be read by all believers - not just pastors. To best appreciate his work, it is helpful to meet Eugene Peterson - the man, the husband, father, pastor, etc. This book covers articles that were written between 1969 and 1996. The content demands interaction and will take you back and will help you to look forward in your own journey of life. After this book is thoroughly read - after this feast, you will have an appetite for his other work.

My advice is not to merely read, but experience what you read, and by all means - share with your family and friends - invite them to the banquet.

Max Rondoni
Menlo Park, California

A must read for all pastoral worker  Mar 29, 2000
with his experience Eugene shared with us the most essential things as a pastor. to reflect and renew pastoral life, this book/ handbook is a must read for all pastors who's been serving for a period of time.

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