Christ Plays In Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology Paperback – 20 Mar 2008
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This rich book makes us alert to the way Christ is present in the world and in the Church. It helps us to deepen our appreciation of Christ and what he has done. (Alister McGrath)
Eugene Peterson knows how to share Biblical and theological insights in ways that both inform and excite his readers, and in this work he excels even his own high standards. He will inspire readers who wish to express their spirituality in ways that connect with the realities of everyday experience as well as being true to the historic Christian faith. (John Drane)
The author is to be thanked and congratulated for addressing two of the most fundamental problems that face Christianity today: first, that our talk about God (theology) has cut adrift from our experience of God (spirituality) and secondly, that spirituality itself has become so abstract that it fails to focus on the ordinary, everyday material conditions of our existence, which is the only place we can meet God.
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places is a book for all places, for all times, for all peoples and for all situations, however tragic and hopefless they may seem to be.
The first book in Eugene Peterson's landmark Spiritual Theology series; foundational reading for the twenty-first century church.See all Product description
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In this book, Peterson's stated aim is to "provide the ...spirituality of our time with structure and coherence by working from a scriptural foundation and with a Trinitarian imagination." That's what I love about it - solid Biblical truth expressed in imaginative ways that help the reader not only to understand deep truths, but to be inspired by them - and to want to live them.
The title comes from a sonnet by Gerard Manley Hopkins:
"For Christ plays in ten thousand places/Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his/ To the Father through the features of men's faces".
Peterson says this sums up what he is trying to do - not to give us more information, but to get us more in on the 'play' of living in all we do for the glory of God
The book is divided into 4 parts:
Clearing the Playing Field - where he deals with all the false spiritualities around today, and establishes the basic Christian stories.
Christ Plays in Creation - where he explores the sacred in all creation, including people.
Christ Plays in History - where he explores the real meaning of history, and how to enter history as Christians.
Christ Plays in Community - how to enter into Christ's holy community as full participants.
It is not an easy read, but it is a beautiful and worthwhile read.
Buy it, pray it, preach it, give it away, live it.
Worth reading and re-reading.
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology
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