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Life At Its Best

Life At Its Best



This volume combines three popular books by the author of THE MESSAGE. THE JOURNEY, THE QUEST, and THE GIFT each bear the stamp of Peterson's accessible approach to challenging subjects and his inspirational outlook on the Christian life.

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About "Life At Its Best"

This volume combines three popular books by the author of THE MESSAGE. THE JOURNEY, THE QUEST, and THE GIFT each bear the stamp of Peterson's accessible approach to challenging subjects and his inspirational outlook on the Christian life.
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A trilogy combining three popular books, The Gift, The Journey, and The Quest in one volume. Life at Its Best combines the full contents of Eugene Peterson's three previous books, all of which display his accessible approach to challenging subject matter and his inspirational outlook on the Christian life.THE GIFT: In this deceptively simple, extraordinarily powerful book Peterson cuts through the social and religious conventions that have attached themselves to our understanding of Christian ministry and speaks words of wisdom and encouragement to those caught up in the busyness of church life.THE JOURNEY: The pilgrim life leads us to God, but it goes against the stream of the world's hurried ways; we need to look elsewhere for encouragement and sustenance on the journey. Peterson explores the 15 psalms, known as the Song of Ascent, used by Hebrew pilgrims as they journeyed to Jerusalem for the great worship festivals.THE QUEST: Peterson uses the book of Jeremiah to inspire a wide-ra
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Discipleship 'How Will You Compete with Horses?' If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? JEREMIAH 12:5 The essential thing 'in heaven and earth' is . . . that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living. FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL THIS WORLD IS NO FRIEND TO GRACE. A PERSON WHO MAKES a commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior does not find a crowd immediately forming to applaud the decision nor old friends spontaneously gathering around to offer congratulations and counsel. Ordinarily there is nothing directly hostile, but an accumulation of puzzled disapproval and agnostic indifference constitutes, nevertheless, surprisingly formidable opposition. An old tradition sorts the difficulties we face in the life of faith into the categories of world, flesh and devil.1 We are, for the most part, well warned of the perils of the flesh and the wiles of the devil. Their temptations have a definable shape and maintain an historical continuity. That doesn't make them any easier to resist; it does make them easier to recognize. The world, though, is protean: each generation has the world to deal with in a new form. World is an atmosphere, a mood.2 It is nearly as hard for a sinner to recognize the world's temptations as it is for a fish to discover impurities in the water. There is a sense, a feeling, that things aren't right, that the environment is not whole, but just what it is eludes analysis. We know that the spiritual atmosphere in which we live erodes faith, dissipates hope and corrupts love, but it is hard to put our finger on what is wrong. TOURISTS AND PILGRIMS One aspect of world that I have been able to identify as harmful to Christians is the assumption that anything worthwhile can be acquired at once. We assume that if something can be done at all, it can be done quickly and efficiently. Our attention spans have been conditioned by thirty-second commercials. Our sense of reality has been flattened by thirty-page abridgments. It is not difficult in such a world to get a person interested in the message of the gospel; it is terrifically difficult to sustain the interest. Millions of people in our culture make decisions for Christ, but there is a dreadful attrition rate. Many claim to have been born again, but the evidence for mature Christian discipleship is slim. In our kind of culture anything, even news about God, can be sold if it is packaged freshly; but when it loses its novelty, it goes on the garbage heap. There is a great market for religious experience in our world; there is little enthusiasm for the patient acquisition of virtue, little inclination to sign up for a long apprenticeship in what earlier generations of Christians called holiness. Religion in our time has been captured by the tourist mindset. Religion is understood as a visit to an attractive site to be made when we have adequate leisure. For some it is a weekly jaunt to church. For others, occasional visits to special services. Some, with a bent for religious entertainment and sacred diversion, plan their lives around special events like retreats, rallies and conferences. We go to see a new personality, to hear a new truth, to get a new experience and so, somehow, expand our otherwise humdrum lives. The religious life is defined as the latest and the newest: Zen, faith-healing, human potential, parapsychology, successful living, choreography in the chancel, Armageddon. We'll try anything - until something else comes along. I don't know what it has been like for pastors in other cultures and previous centuries, but I am quite sure that for a pastor in Western culture in the latter part of the twentieth century the aspect of world that makes the work of leading Christians in the way of faith most difficult is what
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Meet the Author

Eugene H Peterson

Dr. Eugene H. Peterson is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He has written nearly thirty influential books including, Praying with the Psalms; Praying with Jesus; Reversed Thunder; Leap Over a Wall; Run with the Horses and Answering God , but he is best known for The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible.

Eugene Peterson was educated at Seattle Pacific University, New York Theological Seminary, and Johns Hopkins University, and in 1962, Peterson became founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring. He is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia retiring in 2002.

His most recent publications have been the Spiritual Theology Series including Eat this Book; Christ Dances in a Thousand Places; The Word Made Flesh; The Jesus Way and the fifth volume Practising Resurrection.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Table Of Contents

  • 1 Discipleship: 'how Will You Compete With Horses?' ... 11 2 Repentance: 'woe Is Me, That I Sojourn In Meshech' ... 20 3 Providence: 'keep You From All Evil' ... 30 4 Worship: 'let Us Go To The House Of The Lord!' ... 40 5 Service: 'our Eyes Look To The Lord Our God' ... 50 6 Help: 'we Have Escaped As A Bird From The Snare' ... 59 7 Security: 'the Lord Is Round About His People' ... 69 8 Joy: 'our Mouth Was Filled With Laughter' ... 80 9 Work: 'unless The Lord Builds The House' ... 89 10 Happiness: 'you Shall Be Happy, And It Shall Be Well With You' ... 98 11 Perseverance: 'yet They Have Not Prevailed Against Me' ... 107 12 Hope: 'i Wait For The Lord, My Soul Waits' ... 118 13 Humility: 'my Eyes Are Not Raised Too High' ... 128 14 Obedience: 'how He Swore To The Lord' ... 139 15 Community: 'like The Precious Oil Upon The Head' ... 151 16 Blessing: 'lift Up Your Hands' ... 163 Notes ... 175 1 How Will You Compete With Horses?... 185 2 Jeremiah . ... 195 3 Before ... 207 4 I Am Only A Youth ... 219 5 Do Not Trust In These Deceptive Words ... 231 6 Go Down To The Potter's House ... 243 7 Pashhur Beat Jeremiah ... 253 8 My Wound Incurable ... 264 9 Twenty-three Years ... Persistently ... 277 10 Take A Scroll And Write On It... 287 11 House Of The Rechabites... 298 12 Letter To The Exiles ... 309 13 Sentry ... King ... Eunuch... 321 14 I Bought The Field At Anathoth ... 331 15 Concerning The Nations... 343 16 In The Land Of Egypt They Shall Fall... 354 Notes ... 367 Redefinitions 1 The Naked Noun ... 383 2 The Unbusy Pastor ... 386 3 The Subversive Pastor ... 396 4 The Apocalyptic Pastor... 407 Between Sundays 5 Ministry Amid The Traffic ... 421 6 Curing Souls: The Forgotten Art ... 424 7 Praying With Eyes Open ... 435 8 First Language ... 454 9 Is Growth A Decision? . ... 462 10 The Ministry Of Small Talk ... 477 11 Unwell In A New Way... 483 12 Lashed To The Mast ... 495 13 Desert And Harvest: A Sabbatical Story ... 506 The Word Made Fresh 14 Poets And Pastors ... 519 15 Poems ... 522

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 178705
  • Product Code 0007111193
  • EAN 9780007111190
  • UPC 025986111199
  • Pages 544
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Mar 2002
  • Dimensions 195 x 129 x 35 mm
  • Weight 0.356kg

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