Eat This Book
The Art of Spiritual Reading
Author: Eugene Peterson
Publisher: Eerdmans (US) and Hodder & Stoughton (UK) (2006)

“I want to pull the Christian Scriptures back from the margins of the contemporary imagination where they have been so rudely elbowed by their glamorous competitors, and reestablish them at the center as the text for living the Christian life deeply and well.”

Eugene Peterson encourages readers to feed on and live the Scriptures. He wants us to see the Bible as more than a book telling us how to think or behave. We must “eat this book”!

“Holy Scripture nurtures the holy community as food nurtures the human body. Christians don’t simply learn or study or use Scripture; we assimilate it, take it into our lives in such a way that it gets metabolized into acts of love, cups of cold water, missions into all the world, healing and evangelism and justice in Jesus’ name, hands raised in adoration of the Father, feet washed in company with the Son.”

The book, part of Peterson’s Spiritual Theology series, is divided into three parts: (I) Eat This Book, (II) Lectio Divina, (III) The Company of Translators.

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