In Jeremiah 12:5 God says to the prophet, "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?"
We all long to live life at its best—to fuse freedom and spontaneity with purpose and meaning. Why then do we often find our lives so humdrum, so unadventuresome, so routine? Or else so frantic, so full of activity, but still devoid of fulfillment? How do we learn to risk, to trust, to pursue wholeness and excellence—to run with the horses in the jungle of life?
In a series of profound reflections on the life of Jeremiah the prophet, Eugene Peterson explores the heart of what it means to be fully and genuinely human. His writing is filled with humor and self-reflection, insight and wisdom, helping to set a course for others in the quest for life at its best.
"In the last few years, Eugene's writing has kept me sane. Run with the Horses has been a powerful manual for me. It includes a lot of incendiary ideas. I hadn't really thought of Jeremiah as a performance artist. Why do we need art? Because if we're honest the only way that we can approach God is through metaphor, through symbol. Through Run with the Horses I learned about the prophet's work and it really changed me."
Preface to the Second Edition
1. What Makes You Think You Can Race Against Horses?
4. I'm Only a Boy!
5. Don't for a Minute Believe the Lies
6. Go to the Potter's House
7. Pashur Whipped Jeremiah
8. This Ever Worsening Wound
9. Twenty-Three Years It's Been
10. Get a Scroll and Write
11. The Recabite Community
12. To All the Exiles
13. Guard . . . King . . . Official
14. I Bought the Field at Anathoth
15. Regarding the Godless Nations
16. No One Will Escape the Doom