A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society

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InterVarsity Press, Jun 30, 2000 - Religion - 212 pages
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As a society, we are no less obsessed with the immediate than when Eugene Peterson first wrote this Christian classic. If anything, email and the Internet may have intensified our quest for the quick fix. But Peterson's time-tested prescription for discipleship remains the same--a long obedience in the same direction. Tucked away in the Hebrew Psalter, Peterson discovered "an old dog-eared songbook," the Songs of Ascents that were sung by pilgrims on their way up to worship in Jerusalem. In these songs (Psalms 120-134) Peterson finds encouragement for modern pilgrims as we learn to grow in worship, service, joy, work, happiness, humility, community and blessing. This 20th anniversary edition of A Long Obedience in the Same Direction features these Psalms in Peterson's widely acclaimed paraphrase, The Message. He also includes an epilogue in which he reflects on the themes of this book and his ministry during the twenty years since its original publication.
 

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User Review  - StephenBarkley - LibraryThing

Seventeen publishers rejected this manuscript. Peterson recalls being informed that "there was no 'niche' in the market, ... that it was irrelevant to the concerns of contemporary North Americans ... Read full review

User Review  - Clina C. Hayes - Christianbook.com

The book enabled me to better understand the Psalms--not just something beautiful to read but what they mean to the ordinary Christian attempting to worship and learn to a greater degree about our Heavenly Father. Read full review

Contents

DISCIPLESHIP
13
REPENTANCE
23
PROVIDENCE
35
WORSHIP
47
SERVICE
59
HELP
69
SECURITY
81
JOY
93
PERSEVERANCE
123
HOPE
135
HUMILITY
147
OBEDIENCE
159
COMMUNITY
173
BLESSING
187
A LONG OBEDIENCE
201
NOTES
207

WORK
103
HAPPINESS
113

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Eugene H. Peterson recently retired as James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College.

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