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My lovely wife Beth and I own and operate--proprietors makes us sound more classy than we really are--a cluttered, diverse and independent bookstore in Central Pennsylvania. After well over 20 years, we are still not sure what to say when people ask if our shop is a "Christian bookstore." I do a monthly book review column over at our website; we hope that these new blogged bits will afford friends and customers the chance to see other books I happen to be reading, wishing to read, pretending that I read or at least believe that others should, if not read, know about. We have three children, attend a Presbyterian church in York, PA and have no hobbies.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Eat This Book

You may recall that in our December year end awards list we proclaimed that Eugene Peterson's Christ Plays In Ten Thousand Places was the book of the year. You may also recall that when I did a full review of it a few months back, we explained that it was the major volume in a series of spiritual theology books he intends to do.

I don't want to overstate my hype by calling it the publishing event of the year, but the slim second volume (with very cool matching cover, except a different painting on the front) is now out.

Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading is the provocative title, which comes from two texts where two characters(Ezekial and John the Revelator) who are told to eat the scroll they were reading/writing. As you may guess, this book is about spiritual reading, lectio divina and how to allow the printed page to become living Word in our lives. I have heard Peterson's lectures on this (we stock many of the lectures from Regent bookstore in British Columbia, where he used to teach.) Having heard him carefully invite us to this kind of deep and attentive reading, I cannot tell you how badly I want to sit and read this book. And, like most of you, I need not tell you how busy I am, and how hard it will be to find time to steal away anytime soon.

So, look for further discussion about this important new book later. For now, rejoice that it is out, offer glad praise for Eerdmans publishing, and pray for Peterson. (He has others to write in this series, and a forthcoming title on NavPress coming next month.) And pray for all of us, that we may be those who understand the role of reading as a spiritual discipline. May this book help us to that end.

Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading Eugene Peterson (Erdmans) $20.00

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