It’s not often that I describe reading a book as an experience, but in this case, it is the only word that fits. Eugene Peterson’s As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a work to be felt.
As I was enjoying this book of sermons, the words of the Queen of Sheba kept going through my mind - “Happy are these your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!” 2 Chronicles 9:7(b)
Dr. Peterson and I could not be more different in our preaching styles, yet every message he wrote spoke to my heart and soul. My respect for the insights shared and the word pictures painted cannot be exaggerated.
After reading this book, I have gained so much appreciation for Dr. Peterson’s skills as both an orator and translator. The breadth of knowledge of the English language has inspired me to dig deeper for insights for my own congregation.
Dr. Peterson’s insights and reflection on the usage of the metaphor throughout Scripture is worth the price of the book alone. I will never read the varied stories of the Bible without considering the lens presented within the pages of this book.
Here are just a few statements that gave me pause for deeper reflection, and isn’t that what both a sermon and book should do?
· Preaching is important. It develops an imagination adequate to embrace revolution.
· If we pray without listening, we pray out of context.
· Prayer is not a way in which we order things; it is a way we become ordered.
· Our purpose in gathering each Lord’s Day is to prepare us to live what we hear, to get what we hear with our ears into our feet as we follow Jesus.
· And prophets insist that we deal with God as God reveals himself, not as we imagine him to be.
There are hundreds of these type sentences scattered throughout the book and enough food for deep thought to last this me for quite some time. I will be returning to Dr. Peterson’s thoughts repeatedly to plumb the depths of this excellent book.
If you are a pastor looking for inspiration or someone that simply enjoys excellent sermons, this gathering of forty-nine will keep you busy enjoying God for a long, long time. I highly recommend this work.
This book was provided for Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
Dr. Jeff Klick