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As Kingfishers Catch Fire

A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God

Eugene H. Peterson

About As Kingfishers Catch Fire

Living Out the Word Made Flesh
 
“Sixty years ago I found myself distracted,” Eugene Peterson writes. “A chasm had developed between the way I was preaching from the pulpit and my deepest convictions on what it meant to be a pastor.”
 
And so began Peterson’s journey to live and teach a life of congruencecongruence between preaching and living, between what we do and the way we do it, between what is written in Scripture and how we live out that truth.
 
Nothing captures the biblical foundation for this journey better than Peterson’s teachings over his twenty-nine years as a pastor. As Kingfishers Catch Fire offers a never-before-published collection of these teachings to anyone longing for a richer, truer spirituality.
 
Peterson’s strikingly beautiful prose and deeply grounded insights usher us into a new understanding of how to live out the good news of the Word made flesh. 

This is one man’s compelling quest to discover not only how to be a pastor but how to be a human being.

Praise

“As Kingfishers Catch Fire covers it all, the A to Z of Christian spirituality. It is filled with the kind of wisdom that can only come from long obedience in the same direction! It’s more than a book; it’s a gift. Thank you, Eugene!”
—Mark Batterson, New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker and lead pastor of National Community Church, Washington, DC

“There is no one who has done more to shape my ‘pastoral imagination’ than Eugene Peterson. Now, through this extraordinary collection, we see how words become pastoral work. An exegete and a poet, Peterson opens up to us not only the text but its world, welcoming us to walk with Moses, David, Isaiah, Solomon, Peter, Paul, and John. And as we do, we find ourselves keeping company with Jesus. Read it devotionally; read it as a study in sacred storytelling; read it to come alive along the Jesus Way.”
—Glenn Packiam, associate senior pastor, New Life Church, Colorado Springs

“I can hear Eugene Peterson’s warm and gravelly voice in each well-crafted chapter of As Kingfishers Catch Fire. I wish I could have been in a pew listening to the Word spoken for a particular time, place, and people, but reading this collection is the next best thing. Peterson’s attention to biblical texts, theological concerns, and earthy applications for real people are the same threads we find in his many books. Reading just the introduction to each section is time well spent, but I promise you won’t stop there.”
—Dan Baumgartner, senior pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood

About Eugene H. Peterson

Eugene H. Peterson is the translator of the best-selling The Message Bible, and the author of over thirty spiritual classics such as A Long Obedience in the Same Direction and Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. He and his wife, Jan, live in Montana.

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400 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: May 16, 2017

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Carton Quantity: 12

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About As Kingfishers Catch Fire

Living Out the Word Made Flesh   “Sixty years ago I found myself distracted,” Eugene Peterson writes. “A chasm had developed between the way I was preaching from the pulpit and my deepest convictions on what it meant to be a pastor.”And so began Peterson’s journey to live and teach a life of congruencecongruence between preaching and living, between what we do and the way we do it, between what is written in Scripture and how we live out that truth. Nothing captures the biblical foundation for this journey better than Peterson’s teachings over his twenty-nine years as a pastor. As Kingfishers Catch Fire offers a never-before-published collection of these teachings to anyone longing for a richer, truer spirituality. Peterson’s strikingly beautiful prose and deeply grounded insights usher us into a new understanding of how to live out the good news of the Word made flesh. This is one man’s compelling quest to discover not only how to be a pastor but how to be a human being.

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The Definitive Collection of Teachings on the Christian Life from Eugene H. Peterson--One of the World’s Most Respected and Influential  Pastors & Biblical Scholars
 
As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God 
Formed by the Words of God by Eugene H. Peterson
 
“Sixty years ago I found myself distracted,” Eugene H. Peterson writes. “A chasm had developed between the way I was preaching from the pulpit and my deepest convictions on what it meant to be a pastor.” And so began Peterson’s journey to live and teach a life of congruence—congruence between preaching and living, between what we do and the way we do it, between what is written in Scripture and how we live out these life-giving truths.
 
Nothing captures the biblical foundation for this journey better than Peterson’s teachings over his 29 years as a pastor. As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God (WaterBrook, May 16, 2017) is a never-before-published collection of teachings which will be appreciated by anyone longing for a richer, more authentic spirituality.
 
Peterson, best known as the translator of The Message Bible, is a biblical scholar who has written more than 30 spiritual classics selling over 20 million copies.
 
His strikingly beautiful prose—coupled with his warm, inviting style and deeply grounded insights—will usher readers into a fresh understanding of how to live out the good news of the Word made flesh.
 
The 49 messages in As Kingfishers Catch Fire were crafted for his congregation in Bel Air, Maryland, which he pastored for 29 years. With the exception of a few minor editorial touches, these classic teachings are presented in their original form so readers will find historical references such as the moon landing.
 
The messages cover a wide variety of topics, from Genesis (“Friend of God”/Abraham), to the Psalms
(“I AM the Good Shepherd”) to Revelation (“The Marriage Supper of the Lamb.”)
 
This collection of teachings is a must-read for those interested in foundational messages from the definitive voice for Christian spirituality today.  
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eugene H. Peterson, a translator of The Message Bible (17 million sold), is professor emeritus of Spiritual Theology of Regent College, British Columbia, and the author of over 30 spiritual classics (20 million sold) including A Long Obedience in the Same Direction and Leap Over a Wall. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Seattle Pacific University, his S.T.B. from New York Theological Seminary, and his M.A. in Semitic Languages from John Hopkins University. He also holds several honorary doctoral degrees.  In 1962, Peterson was founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring in 1991. He and his wife, Jan, live in Montana.

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By Loretta Merritt

    Wow, this book is a wonderful read. I have personally found lots of Theological "nuggets" about the ways of God, that have boosted my faith in a great way. Eugene Peterson preaches his sermons in the gift of poetry too. Very smooth writing, it flows very well and is easy to read. It is broken down into sections pertaining to certain portions of Scripture involving Biblical Characters and their situations. Also, humorous as well. I got a...

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By Michael Taylor

"As Kingfishers Catch Fire" by Eugene Peterson is a deep and thought-provoking title on the author's experiences as a pastor and the ways of God. Almost 400 pages, the book is a lengthy read and is organized into seven areas based on biblical characters:Moses - how God works in our lives through stories and signposts.David - using the Psalms for learning more about God and moral conduct.Isaiah - how the prophets point us to God and challenge...

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By Shelby Clarke

As Kingfishers Catch Fire by Eugene Peterson is a collection of 49 sermons given by Peterson from his time as a pastor to a small congregation in Harford County Maryland between 1962-1991. There are seven parts to this book, each part is devoted to a distinctive approach that needs to be included in the whole counsel of God from Moses, David, Isaiah, Soloman, Peter, Paul and John of Patmos.This thoughtful grouping of sermons is prefaced with...

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By dario cavazos

Wow! I wish this book was around when I graduated from seminary and became a pastor.This is one man's compelling quest to discover not only how to be a pastor but how to be a human being. I was touched and moved by this book. As you are reading this book, you can almost put yourself walking next to all the biblical hero's and Jesus. I would recommend this book highly and especially as a devotional. Just the intros to each section are...

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By Amy Cate

I received this copy of As Kingfishers Catch Fire from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review. I am a big fan of Eugene Peterson. This book is an excellent example of his pastoral heart and love for the Church. The book is full of very human mistakes and joys, and is a delightful read. Would recommend it to any pastor.

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