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Practice Resurrection

A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ

by (author) Eugene H. Peterson

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Initial publish date
Feb 2013
Spiritual Growth, Paul's Letters, New Testament
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Winner of Christianity Today's 2011 award for best book in spirituality
Though bringing people to new birth in Christ through evangelism is essential, says Eugene Peterson, isn't growth in Christ equally essential? Yet the American church by and large does not treat Christian maturity and character formation with much urgency.
In Practice Resurrection Peterson brings the voice of Scripture -- especially Paul's letter to the Ephesians -- and the voice of the contemporary Christian congregation together to unpack the crucial truth of what it means to fully grow up to the "stature of Christ."

About the author

Eugene H. Peterson (1932–2018) was a longtime pastor and professor of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. His many acclaimed books include Tell It Slant, The Jesus Way, Eat This Book, and the contemporary translation of the Bible titled The Message.

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Editorial Reviews

Marva J. Dawn
— author of Reaching Out without Dumbing Down
"This is the perfect culmination to Eugene Peterson's fivefold Conversations in Spiritual Theology. How much the church would be transfigured if we could all more fully live as one with Christ in His Resurrection! You will delight in the way Peterson takes portions of Ephesians and displays the results of 'rocket' verbs and other word choices, of disciplines toward maturity, and of movements 'upward, inward, Godward.' This is a life-transforming book for us all!"
Publishers Weekly
"Thought-provoking and helpful for readers who want a different, sometimes contrarian, perspective on Christian discipleship."
Christian Century
"A beautiful harmony of voices in the book that speaks gospel to contemporary kindergarten teachers, bankers, lawyers and homemakers."
"Peterson's writing style forces the reader to slow down and pay attention to words and metaphors, which is only fitting since part of his message is that we should slow down and pay attention."
Sharing the Practice
"As vintage Peterson, this study bears all the marks of wisdom gleaned through a faithful walk with people and a deep immersion into Scripture. . . . This book was, I discovered, not a text for speed reading but rather for deliberate pondering."
"It is filled with many gems. . . . Practice Resurrection has plenty of depths to be mined for the pastor and layperson alike. . . . Within its pages there is much that is well worth reading and digesting."
"A gem, a biblically rooted, exegetically precise, wisely expressed gem. It's one of the best books I've read in recent months, maybe years. For Baptists and Presbyterians and Pentecostals and Anglicans — this one's for us."
Practical Theology
"The book is a joy to read, not only for its rich insights on growing up in Christ, but for the beauty of its prose. . . . This book is a magnificent finish to Peterson's tour de force in spiritual theology."
Congregational Libraries Today
"This is essential reading for students of the New Testament and for church leaders ready for a refresher course in Christian life."
Trinity Journal
"Those who have already been mentored through Peterson's prolific writing will doubtless welcome this newest addition to their collections. Those who have not yet encountered his books will find a worthy introduction in this volume on growing up in Christ."
"Peterson is a poet, a master of words, and speaks in constant metaphor. . . . When I take Peterson's work in bite-sized pieces, a rich reward results every time."

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