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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

“Eugene Peterson is brilliant and the gift he has given the church is huge. This is a man who has the mind of a scholar paired with the heart of a grace-filled pastor. The main thing is that he loves God’s word and that is so apparent in every word that he writes.”
—Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of "The Women of Easter" and Bad Girls of the Bible series

“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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For Immediate Release
WaterBrook, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

Brett Benson, Senior Publicist
719-264-5661 / bbenson@penguinrandomhouse.com 
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

“Unlike many sermons that barely make it out of the pulpit, Peterson’s soar out and draw in throughout this fantastic book. His words, written for speaking, are sure, intimate, and trustworthy.” –Publishers Weekly
 
“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.  

Praise for As Kingfishers Catch Fire:
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
 
“In the last years, Eugene’s writing has kept me sane.” Bono, U2
 
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. 

Religion/Christian Life/Spiritual Growth
ISBN 978-1-60142-967-4 ● Hardcover ● 400 Pages ● $24.99 U.S./$33.99 Canada
eBook ISBN 9781601429681 ● $12.99 U.S./$17.99 Canada

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By Jeffrey Klick

It's not often that I describe reading a book as an experience, but in this case, it is the only word that fits. Eugene Peterson's As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a work to be felt. As I was enjoying this book of sermons, the words of the Queen of Sheba kept going through my mind - "Happy are these your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!" 2 Chronicles 9:7(b) Dr. Peterson and I could not be more different in...

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By RORY JONES

***Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.***Eugene Peterson is most famous for his translation of the Bible called The Message. In addition to that magnum opus he has written many other books. What has been less emphasized about him, however, is that he was the pastor at the same church in Bel Air, Maryland for 29 years. As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a collection of 49 of his...

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By Tyler Pittis

This book is an insightful read that you will enjoy as a nice change of pace reading. Done in only the way the Peterson can, this book brings you into his world and gives you a great insight on his relationship with Christ and the personal walk he is on. 

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By Rob Tennant

I am extremely thankful that this sermon collection has been released.  Eugene Peterson is the person, in my own reading, who has put the dignity into the work of the pastor.  Peterson is a scholar through and through, but he saw the daily, weekly, yearly work pastors do as being just as important as any work done by anyone in any field.  In fact, he saw a unique dignity in the work of the pastor.            This collection is one record...

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By William Dusing

Have you ever heard of "The Message" version of the Bible?  I'm sure you have.  Then you know Eugene Peterson.  Peterson translated (or paraphrased) the Bible over several years into "The Message".  An extremely readable and relatable version of Scripture.Peterson has done much more than "The Message", he has also authored over thirty books and taught for many years at Regent College in British Columbia.  I had the opportunity, a month or so...

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