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Leap over a Wall: Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians [Paperback]

Eugene H. Peterson
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11 Jan 2002
Of all the characters in the Bible, it is David who is most human. His life is lived on the rough-edged actuality of real life, and his relationship with God is an energetic one. Through the passions, the trials, and the lyrical poetry of this beloved figure, we gain powerful insights into the role of God in our own lives. In this inspirational volume, Professor Eugene H. Peterson, translator of The Message, uses stories from David's epic life as vivid lessons in everyday faith and spirituality. Exploring David's experiences of friendship, grief, love, sin, and suffering, as well as sanctuary, beauty, and wilderness, he reawakens us to the enduring truths behind these beloved stories.

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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco (11 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006066522X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060665227
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David, vaulter of walls, troop-crusher, flawed and passionate poet, never fails to capture the Christian imagination because of his whole-hearted lust for God. Now Eugene Peterson examines this shepherd-king through the magnifying lenses of the people and events in his life and suggests new and powerful possibilities for the divine-human link in our own time and culture. --Luci Shaw, writer-in-residence, Regent College, and author of God in the Dark and Writing the River

Eugene H. Peterson skillfully uses the David story to talk not about David, but about you and about me. Leap Over a Wall is the human story in all its wonder and terror and pity. --Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline and Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home

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Eugene H. Peterson is the author of numerous books, including Reversed Thunder, Leap Over a Wall, and Answering God. He is also the translator of the bestselling Bible translation The Message. He is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on being fully human 29 Jun 1999
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This book, detailing and probing the life of King David, has provided many valuable insights into the matter of living in communion with God even as being fully human. Although I was skeptical, I am glad to note that the biblical text was handled with integrity. The author researched the texts that he commented on, and admitted to speculation when doing so. This book is a must-read for anyone who struggles with the matter of living with God even as he or she struggles with being human. Peterson's narrative style also pulls the Davidic story right off the pages! The perspective is refreshing and challenging at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Petersen gives a 3-D look at David! 12 Nov 1998
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I don't know about you, but I have really become tired of reading books about Biblical characters that make them all sound like super saints. In Leap Over a Wall, Eugene Petersen turns biography on its head and gives his readers a look at King David that comes much closer to presenting a Biblical look at Old Testament person. David becomes three dimensional in the pages of this book. We see his failings and his victories and we can relate. Petersen's amazing insights into the stories of David's life gives the reader a real sense of hope and encouragement. I wish that every believer would read this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely one of my favorites. 17 Nov 1998
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In this book, Peterson has freed me to find God in an "earthy" way. Like many in my generation, inside the four walls of the sanctuary is not always the place where I most deeply experience God. Peterson's retelling of the David stories, with a beautiful edge that is vintage Peterson, has given us all permission to be like David - profoundly human and earthy, yet "after God's own heart."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a human David 4 Dec 1998
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For the first time (in a long time) I have seen a character of the Bible, not only like a Bible character (or history participant). I don't know how Peterson's neurons deal with his poetic soul, but I have met and was pleased to meet a human David. So human that "seems to be real". His problems and joys were brought to the atmosphere of "real life" and not treated as a table of lessons or a list of do's and dont's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peterson at the top of his game 9 May 2009
For those who haven't experienced EP, this is the work to start with. He has an unparalleled ability to engage with his reader, such that you actually enter the narrative, but not as an idle bystander, but as participant in these pages. He invites you on the same journey that he describes in the life of King David, but which has a significance and application in the everyday working out of our faith in the day to day grittiness of our lives. No other author I know achieves all this in such an involving way, and with such a lightness of touch. I have returned to this script many times since I first read it, and find almost half the book underlined to emphasise just how well written and observed it is. No excuses - borrow, beg, steal, or even buy, this book.
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