A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

Discipleship in an Instant Society

20th Anniversary Edition

by Eugene H. Peterson

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
paperback
  • Length: 216 pages
  • Published: June 30, 2000
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2257-7
  • Item Code: 2257
  • Case Quantity: 48

As a society, we are no less obsessed with the immediate than when Eugene Peterson first wrote this Christian classic. If anything, email and the Internet may have intensified our quest for the quick fix. But Peterson's time-tested prescription for discipleship remains the same--a long obedience in the same direction.

Tucked away in the Hebrew Psalter, Peterson discovered "an old dog-eared songbook," the Songs of Ascents that were sung by pilgrims on their way up to worship in Jerusalem. In these songs (Psalms 120-134) Peterson finds encouragement for modern pilgrims as we learn to grow in worship, service, joy, work, happiness, humility, community and blessing.

This 20th anniversary edition of A Long Obedience in the Same Direction features these Psalms in Peterson's widely acclaimed paraphrase, The Message. He also includes an epilogue in which he reflects on the themes of this book and his ministry during the twenty years since its original publication.

CONTENTS

20th-Anniversary Preface
1. Discipleship: "What Makes You Think You Can Race Against Horses?"
2. Repentance: "I'm Doomed to Live in Meshech"
3. Providence: "God Guards You from Every Evil"
4. Worship: "Let's Go to the House of God!"
5. Service: "Like Servants . . . We're Watching Waiting"
6. Help: "Oh, Blessed Be God! He Didn't Go Off Leave Us!"
7. Security: "God Encircles His People"
8. Joy: "We Laughed, We Sang"
9. Work: "If God Doesn't Build the House"
10. Happiness: "Enjoy the Blessing! Revel in the Goodness!"
11. Perseverance: "They Never Could Keep Me Down!"
12. Hope: "I Pray to God . . . and Wait for What He'll Say Do"
13. Humility: "I've Kept My Feet on the Ground"
14. Obedience: "How He Promised God"
15. Community: "Like Costly Anointing Oil Flowing Down Head Beard"
16. Blessing: "Lift Your Praising Hands"

A Long Obedience: Epilogue

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Eugene H. Peterson (1932–2018) was a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He wrote more than thirty books, including his widely acclaimed paraphrase of the Bible The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language and bestselling spiritual formation classic A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.

Peterson was founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for twenty-nine years before retiring in 1991. With degrees from Seattle Pacific, New York Theological Seminary, and Johns Hopkins University, he served as professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, until retiring in 2006.

Peterson's Message paraphrase and writings on spirituality inspired evangelical leaders and Christians around the world. His popularity even reached U2 frontman Bono, and they formed a friendship around their common interest in the Psalms. Watch the film that highlights a conversation between Bono and Peterson at Peterson’s Montana home.

Read tributes to Peterson from Christianity Today and Religion News Service.

For further information and a complete biography, see the IVP press release: Eugene Peterson, Beloved Pastor and "Long Obedience" Author, Passes

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