Tuesday, June 17, 2008

An invitation

"Everyone who travels the road of faith requires assistance from time to time.  We need cheering up with spirits flag; we need direction when the way is unclear."

This quote is from Eugene Peterson's "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society."  I began reading this book yesterday as a part of a women's book club at Capstone Church.  

The book focuses on Psalms 120 - 134, otherwise known as the Song of Ascents.  These psalms were "likely sung, possibly in sequence, by Hebrew pilgrims as they went up to Jerusalem to the great worship festivals."  Peterson, and the psalmist, use the songs as a metaphor of the faith-journey we are on with Christ.

I have read the first two chapters so far and am very intrigued.  If I am sure of anything right now, it is that Josh and I are on a journey where my spirits are flagging and the way is unclear.  I hope and pray that these Psalms and Peterson's insights will illuminate the path and give me the energy I need to continue.  

I wanted to extend the invitation to you to read it with me.  I'm never really sure who is reading this blog, but anticipate sharing what I learn from this book in my posts.  So, if you need a book to read or are intrigued by Peterson's ideas, feel free to join me and comment as you go along.  I'm reading chapters 1-4 this week.  


Sara Luke said...

It's such a great book . . . so, so good.

catherine said...

i'm reading that book this summer w/ my small group...so glad we'll be reading together! miss you!

MOMA said...

I am on board. I bought the book today. It was the last one in the store and I think it "had my name on it". Love much, MOMA


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