Cheri and I started Eugene Peterson's, Leap Over a Wall last week. It's proving to be a very good follow-up to our most recent book, also by Peterson, Answering God. Reading books aloud with your spouse is fun. Give it a try!
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.