Item description for Where Your Treasure Is: Psalms That Summon You from Self to Community by Eugene H. Peterson...
Overview Concerned with the "unselfing" of our self-preoccupied, self-bound society, Peterson offers insightful, thought-provoking reflections on eleven select psalm-centered prayers that can help us to overcome such things as self-centeredness, self-assertiveness, self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-pity, self-service, and self-love.
This is a bold book. It has to do with changing the life of American society, from the inside out, through source action of prayer.
I have written a book for Christians, says Eugene Peterson, who want to do something about what is wrong with America and want to plunge into the center, not tinker at the edge. I have chosen eleven psalms that shaped the politics of Israel and can shape the politics of America, and I have taken them seriously...I have written to encourage Christians to pray them both as children of God with eternal destinies and as American citizens with daily responsibilities in caring for our nation.
Peterson is concerned with the unselfing of our self-preoccupied, self-bound society through the action of praying together with other believers. He offers insightful, thought-provoking reflections on eleven select psalm-prayers that can help us overcome such things as self-centeredness, self-assertiveness, self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-pity, self-service, and self-love.
Originally published under the title "Earth and Altar" and now being reprinted for wider distribution, "Where Your Treasure Is" provides solid fare for any thoughtful, concerned Christian. But the book is especially suitable for group study and discussion: what Peterson writes here will serve to stir small groups of Christians to pointed reflection and prayer-action.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Nov 3, 1993
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802801153 ISBN13 9780802801159
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More About 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 (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.
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a.k.a. Earth & Altar Jan 18, 2006
I have just discovered Eugene Peterson's works, and have borrowed what I can from pastors and missionary friends here in Taiwan. I am almost finished with "Earth & Altar" (a book he published in '85), so I was checking this site for another title to start on next. I'm glad I read the sample pages, because this is the same book. (There is no mention that this is a reprint except in the publishing details.)
"Earth & Altar" (now "Where Your Treasure Is") is an excellent book on two counts: it helps you uncover the meaning of eleven Psalms, and then applies the meaning specifically to the purpose of "unselfing" yourself, shedding the selfish American mindset, and refocusing on God. As I said, I am not quite done with it, but the first eight chapters have deepened my understanding of the Psalms while strengthening my prayer life.
Peterson speaks of the possibility of great change in America if Christians were to reclaim what they are given in the Psalms -- I would love to see it happen. Or rather, I am praying to see it happen. And that's where it starts.
Unselfing Ourselves from Self-centered Plastic Christianity Jun 11, 2004
I am a big fan of Eugene Peterson's writings, so I admit being a little prejudiced I guess--but here is another 5 star pick from him I would highly recommend. In looking at 11 different Psalms the author calls believers to abandon the shallowness that passes for much of American Christianity for a deeper walk in "unselfing" ourselves to impact us personally, families, churches, society and our world in general...moving from self-centeredness to community. Excellent and cannot recommend highly enough. Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.