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A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society
 
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A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society [Kindle Edition]

Eugene H. Peterson
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1160 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; 20th Anniversary Edition edition (30 Jun 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ALPJYR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #221,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Obedience in the same direction 19 Dec 2010
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The most stimulating exposition of the Songs of the Ascents that I have ever read. I have already read it 3 times and will be going back to it again in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual assistance from the Psalms. 27 July 2001
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Eugene Peterson points Christians at the Psalms for spiritual nourishment on their journey back to God. His insight into "the message" and his own life on the "narrow road" provide further support and encouragement for those who are determined to "pick up their cross" and follow Christ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'I lift up my eyes to the hills...' 1 May 2014
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I am beginning to lose count of how many times I have read this book over the last 10 years or so, but reckon this is probably my fourth time through. I have read it. I have read it to preach it. I have read it with a book group for an evening's discussion. And I am currently reading it with my church leadership team, a couple of chapters a month, for discussion and reflection together. Peterson is a thoughtful and thought-provoking author. This book is a study of the Songs of Ascents (Psalms 120 to 134) and also a sustained reflection on themes of discipleship, all set in the context of our contemporary fascination with the temporary and instant. This is not always a straight-forward read, with rich language and challenging ideas sometimes making you read and re-read a passage. But it is full of wisdom and insight, and having now been in print for well over 30 years it is standing the test of time. Take your time with this book and you will be rewarded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking look at some of the psalms 12 Jan 2013
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Good, thoughtful book offering a new insight into the psalms. You will 'dip' into it again and again.Very thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perceptive, thoughtful and helpful book 2 May 2014
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I recently heard a respected Minister friend recommend this book at a memorial service and I then downloaded it to my Kindle. I have been very much enjoying it since as a very helpful commentary on the 15 psalms of ascent.
It is heart to heart stuff and very practical and I am happily recommending it to my friends.I find myself reading, re-reading and praying over what I read. Most helpful.
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