This Hallelujah Banquet
How the End of What We Were Reveals Who We Can Be
Jan 26, 2021 | 208 Pages
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About This Hallelujah Banquet
In this powerful new interpretation of the book of Revelation, the late, revered author and translator of The Message Bible offers timely insights into how we can lean into growth, not in spite of challenging times, but because of them.
“Insightful and inviting . . . This is Eugene at his pastoral best.”—Rev. Dr. Glenn Packiam, associate senior pastor at New Life Church and author of Blessed Broken Given
The book of Revelation is filled with angels and dragons, fantastic beasts and golden cities, bottomless pits and mysterious numbers. It’s dramatic, sure—but what exactly does that have to do with the tests we face today?
Actually, a lot.
When the apostle John penned the book of Revelation, believers lived in a time of deception and injustice. But his message doesn’t just reflect their cries for things to be made right; it reveals heaven’s perspective of the bigger picture.
In this never-before-published work, Eugene H. Peterson traces the dramatic symbolism found in John’s letters to the seven churches, uncovering Christ’s instructions to these ancient communities. Along the way, encounter seven key tests, of our love, suffering, truth, holiness, reality, witness, and commitment, tests from Christ that can deepen our faith and even shape our future.
This Hallelujah Banquet is your personal invitation to grow deep and begin living now in a generous, abundant, and hopeful reality in Christ.
About Eugene H. PetersonEugene H. Peterson, translator of The Message Bible, authored more than thirty books, including Every Step an Arrival, As Kingfishers Catch Fire, and the spiritual classics Run with the Horses and A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. He earned a degree in philosophy from Seattle Pacific University, a graduate degree in theology from New York Theological Seminary, and a master’s degree in Semitic languages from John Hopkins University. He also received several honorary doctoral degrees. He was founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he and his wife, Jan, served for twenty-nine years. Peterson held the title of professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, British Columbia from 1998 until his death in 2018.
208 pages | Published by WaterBrook
On Sale Date: Jan 26, 2021
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Sneak PeekStart reading the first chapter In this powerful new interpretation of the Book of Revelation, the late, revered author and translator of The Message Bible shows us how to live with profound joy and faithfulness--even when it feels like the end of the world. When John the Beloved Disciple penned the Book of Revelation, Christians lived in a time of oppression, violence, deception, and injustice. There were temptations from outside the church and divisions within. Some days, it felt like the end of the world. Two millennia later, the characters are different, but the story's the same. The life of faith is anything but easy. So how can we learn to live with truth and power when challenges seem to be everywhere? Through the dramatic symbolism of John's Letters to the Seven Churches, Eugene Peterson encourages us to see ourselves in these ancient communities as they are examined by the Risen Christ. As we do, we're forced to ask: What if the troubles that face us were intended to test our faith? What if the secret to deeper satisfaction in Jesus did not mean avoiding pain and trial, but living faithfully through it? In this powerful, never-before-published work, we are given a new and timely message from one of our most iconic Christian voices. Our anxious longings for peace and joy will be met as we learn to live with overcoming faith, even in the most turbulent times.
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“…this insightful, contemplative study of Revelation will appeal to Christians who enjoy the work of N.T. Wright.” –Publishers Weekly
“This is a wonderfully practical guide for finding joy and peace in a world that is sometimes anything but. Read it and be blessed.”
—Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker and lead pastor of National Community Church
THIS HALLELUJAH BANQUET
By Eugene H. Peterson
A WaterBrook Hardcover | On Sale 1/26/21
More than any time in recent memory, it has felt like the end of the world for many people. Uncertainty and anxiety abound. But is that the end of the story?
Of course not. Because the Bible tells us that it’s in the midst of testing that God sets a table. In THIS HALLELUJAH BANQUET: How the End of What We Were Reveals Who We Can Be (January 26, 2021; WaterBrook), Eugene H. Peterson—late author, iconic pastor, and translator of The Message Bible—offers a timely perspective for all who are losing hope in our future.
This powerful, never-before-published work primarily comes from Peterson’s sermon series on the book of Revelation, preached at Christ Our King Presbyterian Church where he pastored for 29 years. Tracing the dramatic symbolism found in John’s letters to the seven churches, Peterson encourages us to see ourselves in these ancient communities as they are examined by the Risen Christ.
He focuses on seven key tests from Christ that can deepen one’s faith—tests of love, suffering, truth, holiness, reality, witness, and commitment. Readers will find that this time, like all times of difficulty, has work to do in them for the sake of Jesus.
“(Christ) examines our lives to bring us out into the open, where we can live freely as forgiven persons without guilt or regret,” Peterson preached. “Let us submit to examination. Let us allow the light of Christ to probe our lives, expose our failings, and heal our sickness.”
Peterson reveals that as Christians submit to examination and course correct where necessary, they end one way of life and begin a new one. They learn to live with overcoming faith, joy, and a deep capacity for praise, even in the most turbulent times.
Readers of The Message Bible as well as fans of Peterson and other classic writers of spirituality will appreciate this profound take on the book of Revelation that leads us from temporal fears to the eternal feast of This Hallelujah Banquet.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eugene H. Peterson, translator of The Message Bible (17 million sold), authored more than 30 books, including the spiritual classics A Long Obedience in the Same Direction and Run with the Horses. 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 held several honorary doctoral degrees. In 1962, Peterson was founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Bel Air, Maryland, where he and his wife, Jan, served for 29 years before retiring in 1991. Peterson held the title of professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, British Columbia from 1998 until his death in 2018. For more information, visit www.eugenepeterson.com.
ADDITIONAL PRAISE FOR THIS HALLELUJAH BANQUET
“Perfect for those who appreciate Peterson's writing and want to wrestle with issues of faith.”
“In This Hallelujah Banquet, with Eugene Peterson as an expert tour guide, we step into the book of Revelation. He wisely urges readers to resist the temptation to turn Revelation into a road map toward future chaos. Instead, he shows us how to navigate the world of seven first-century churches to notice the parallels between their struggles and our own. I highly recommend this book to anyone who desires to live as though the banquet with Jesus has already begun. Transformative, prophetic in the best way, and timely!”
—Kurt Willems, pastor, podcast host, and author of Echoing Hope
“The last book of the Bible is a revelation of Jesus Christ, but it is also a revelation from Jesus about the state of the world and the condition of the church. Peterson’s sermons on the seven letters to the seven churches speak to us about how we love, suffer, tell the truth, cultivate holiness, perceive reality, bear witness, and persist in commitment. Insightful and inviting, each chapter calls us to examine our lives so that we might endure till the end. This is Eugene at his pastoral best.”
—Rev. Dr. Glenn Packiam, associate senior pastor at New Life Church and author of Blessed Broken Given
“They say the power of a sermon is not only in what it tells but in how it transports. The sermons carefully captured in this book still retain that kind of transformative power, even in written form and years after they were first preached. This Hallelujah Banquet invites us to a place where Eugene Peterson’s warm and challenging words are still alive and proclaiming good news.”
—Mandy Smith, pastor and author of Unfettered and The Vulnerable Pastor
“Anyone who has read Eugene Peterson’s work knows that his pen pulses with the energy of the Spirit. And he brings some of his best work to bear on the last book in the Bible—Saint John’s Revelation. For far too long, this book has been preached as if it’s bad news. But Eugene reclaims it by helping us rediscover the good news that’s crackling on every page. So take this book and read it!”
—Daniel Grothe, associate senior pastor at New Life Church