Run with the Horses
In Jeremiah 12:5 God says to the prophet, "If you're worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses?"
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, 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 instead of shuffling along with the crowd?
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. In his signature pastoral style, he invites readers to grasp the biblical truth that each person's story of faith is completely original. Peterson's 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.
This special commemorative edition includes a new preface taken from Eric Peterson's homily at his father's memorial service, as well as a six-session Bible study guide for individuals or groups.
"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."
Commemorative Preface by Eric E. Peterson
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