Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday Tome - Leap Over a Wall

Having just finished reading Eugene Peterson's Answering God during our morning coffee times, Cheri and I will now be turning to another of Peterson's books, Leap Over a Wall. We're looking forward to more goodness from one of our favorite pastoral authors.

Publisher's Description...
Leap Over a Wall is Eugene H. Peterson’s vibrant, insightful, and heartfelt exploration of one of the Bible’s most controversial figures: King David. Peterson beautifully elucidates the Old Testament’s rich depictions of David's failures and victories, recapturing their excitement and immediacy to reveal David himself as a crucially human example of how we relate to God. Leap Over a Wall is a unique opportunity to reconnect with David, a man simultaneously admirable, soulful, and dark, and one of the most complex and vital characters of the greatest story ever written.

Publisher's Weekly says...
Toward the end of this book, Peterson, author of the immensely popular translation of the New Testament, The Message, observes that "the Christian life isn't a romantic idyll." Rather, he says, the Christian life is fraught with pain, spattered with grief and paradox and, in the end, lit by hope. Out of a deep awareness of these truths, Peterson engages in an examination of the life of David to illuminate the ways in which the divine is often hidden in the ordinary. Exploring a number of scriptural passages about the life of David, Peterson shows the ways in which David's life, though fraught with struggles and shortcomings, was one filled with exuberance and animated by God's deliberate power. The author brings the Old Testament world revealingly close to our own century, and he makes vivid the notion that God's purposes are worked out in the ordinariness of specific human lives.

1 comment:

  1. We are working through this in our Adult Bible Fellowship class at Valley Christian Church, and I think you'll find it thought-provoking, even in the chapters when Peterson is kind of s t r e t c h i n g to give the chapter a theme.