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Where Your Treasure Is: Psalms that Summon You from Self to Community [Paperback]

Eugene H. Peterson

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1 Jan 1959

This is a bold book. It has to do with changing the life of American society, from the inside out, through source action of prayer.

I have written a book for Christians, says Eugene Peterson, who want to do something about what is wrong with America and want to plunge into the center, not tinker at the edge. I have chosen eleven psalms that shaped the politics of Israel and can shape the politics of America, and I have taken them seriously...I have written to encourage Christians to pray them both as children of God with eternal destinies and as American citizens with daily responsibilities in caring for our nation.

Peterson is concerned with the unselfing of our self-preoccupied, self-bound society through the action of praying together with other believers. He offers insightful, thought-provoking reflections on eleven select psalm-prayers that can help us overcome such things as self-centeredness, self-assertiveness, self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-pity, self-service, and self-love.

Originally published under the title Earth and Altar and now being reprinted for wider distribution, Where Your Treasure Is provides solid fare for any thoughtful, concerned Christian. But the book is especially suitable for group study and discussion: what Peterson writes here will serve to stir small groups of Christians to pointed reflection and prayer-action.

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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; 2nd edition (1 Jan 1959)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802801153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802801159
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,029,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eugene H. Peterson, author of the best-selling contemporary translation of the Bible titled The Message, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a.k.a. Earth & Altar 18 Jan 2006
By Tim Michael - Published on Amazon.com
I have just discovered Eugene Peterson's works, and have borrowed what I can from pastors and missionary friends here in Taiwan. I am almost finished with "Earth & Altar" (a book he published in '85), so I was checking Amazon for another title to start on next. I'm glad I read the sample pages, because this is the same book. (There is no mention that this is a reprint except in the publishing details.)

"Earth & Altar" (now "Where Your Treasure Is") is an excellent book on two counts: it helps you uncover the meaning of eleven Psalms, and then applies the meaning specifically to the purpose of "unselfing" yourself, shedding the selfish American mindset, and refocusing on God. As I said, I am not quite done with it, but the first eight chapters have deepened my understanding of the Psalms while strengthening my prayer life.

Peterson speaks of the possibility of great change in America if Christians were to reclaim what they are given in the Psalms -- I would love to see it happen. Or rather, I am praying to see it happen. And that's where it starts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unselfing Ourselves from Self-centered Plastic Christianity 11 Jun 2004
By Prewbee - Published on Amazon.com
I am a big fan of Eugene Peterson's writings, so I admit being a little prejudiced I guess--but here is another 5 star pick from him I would highly recommend. In looking at 11 different Psalms the author calls believers to abandon the shallowness that passes for much of American Christianity for a deeper walk in "unselfing" ourselves to impact us personally, families, churches, society and our world in general...moving from self-centeredness to community. Excellent and cannot recommend highly enough. Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
4.0 out of 5 stars MAKES ME THINK 8 Oct 2013
By Al - Published on Amazon.com
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Thought provoking and filled with nuggets that stimulates one's love, sensitivity and duty in their daily walk as Christ's disciple.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 30 Dec 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Very helpful to read this book, as a pastor or a layman. Peterson generally writes to a pastoral audience but this book is valuable to all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where your Treasure is: Psalms that summon you from self to community, E. Peterson 26 May 2013
By Sandra L. Mercer - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything about this order was great, but this book had a lot of bright markings which I'd rather not have. Everything else was very pleasing.
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