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Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers (Spiritual Theology) [Hardcover]

By Eugene H. Peterson (Author)
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Item description for Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers (Spiritual Theology) by Eugene H. Peterson...

In this work, Peterson explores how Jesus used language--he was earthy, not abstract; metaphorical, not dogmatic. "Tell It Slant" promises to deepen Christians' understanding of Jesus' words, strengthen their awareness, and nurture their efforts to make all speech a blessing.

From Publishers Weekly
Continuing his series of "conversations" in spiritual theology, prolific author, pastor and theologian Eugene H. Peterson (most familiar for his Bible paraphrase The Message) provides an intimate look at Jesus' words. Arguing that the Fall created a "language catastrophe," Peterson contends that people of faith need to "eliminate the bilingualism" they use to talk about religion and everyday life: "There is no 'Holy Ghost' language used for matters of God and salvation and then a separate secular language for buying cabbages and cars." To this end, the author explores Jesus' prayers across the Gospels and parables that are unique to the Gospel of Luke. Using poet Emily Dickinson's dictum to "tell it slant," Peterson ably shows that "personal, metaphorical, particular, relational, local" language can convey profound religious ideas. His meditations on prayer ask universal questions about its efficacy; most moving are reflections on Jesus' last brief words, which form a "prayer mosaic from the cross." Peterson's greatest gift is his ability to write about such ideas as sin, repentance, grace and glory in masterfully simpleand concreteways. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Awards and Recognitions
Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers (Spiritual Theology) by Eugene H. Peterson has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2009 Award of Merit - Spirituality category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers (Spiritual Theology) by Eugene H. Peterson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 10/01/2008 page 54
  • Booklist - 10/01/2008 page 20
  • Christian Retailing - 10/13/2008 page 18
  • Christian Century - 12/16/2008 page 25
  • Christianity Today - 01/01/2009 page 71
  • Choice - 04/01/2009

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.44" Width: 6.09" Height: 1.07"
Weight:   1.21 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2008
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Series  Spiritual Theology  
ISBN  0802829546  
ISBN13  9780802829542  

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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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Be Prepared to Be Touched and Changed  May 8, 2010
You cannot read anything by Eugene Peterson and not be touched and changed by your reading. Especially, applying his teaching on "spiritual reading" to his other works. Of the books in this series, THIS was my favorite. The last section of the book on entering/praying the prayers of Jesus is wonderful and worth the price of the book by itself. As Pastor Peterson unfolded the prayers of Jesus, I could not help but be transported into the various scenarios that occasioned each prayer. Then, I could not help but feel the presence of Christ as He entered my scenarios. It is an amazing exchange, an amazing experience, and one that drives me to want to be a better Christian. I know that, in myself, I cannot be. But, in HIM, I can and will be.

Thank you Pastor Peterson.
Message Bible is fantastic; his other books are not  Dec 19, 2009
I looked through it, and sent it back.
Nowhere near as great as The Message.
Trying to be a Christian today.  Sep 26, 2009
Peterson helps us understand Jesus' parables and how they apply to today's life. He gives fresh, eye-opening insight for living. Along with the companion study guide, this would make a great book for a small group study.
Eugene Peterson is as good as ever.  Aug 23, 2009
In TELL IT SLANT, Eugene Peterson once again has written a book which gives Christians new insights into passages
of scripture which are so familiar that we are numb to their power. He takes from all the many sources he has at his
disposal, including good understanding of Hebrew and Greek, to produce a whole that grabs us, makes us say, "Yes,
I see that now!" What a joy, that a man of great gifts like Peterson uses them so well.
Read this book!  Apr 14, 2009
What a great book! Eugene Peterson is full of so much insight and cultural background. This is not a book for just serious academics, just the opposite, it's for everyone. As someone who has been involved in Christian education and formation I'd recommend this book for everyone.

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