Favorite Quotes:

 

“Scripture As Text: Learning What God Reveals,” was an orientation in the personal, revalatory nature of Holy Scripture. All these words are person-to-person – the three-personed God addressing himself personally to us in our full capacity as persons-in-relationship. The Holy Trinity provided a way of understanding the irreducible personal and relational nature of this text, and affirmed that the only reading congruent with what is written is also personal and participatory. In this chapter, “Scripture As Form: Following the Way of Jesus,” I want to observe the way in which these personal words arrive in our lives and connect the Jesus way with the way in which we now live them. I want to attend to the way that the form of Scripture is also the form of our lives.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

 

Eugene H. Peterson
“What Berry sees in his farm as a form, I see in Scripture as a form. Think of the farm as an organic whole, but with boundaries so that you are aware and stay in touch with all the interrelations: the house and barn, the horses and the chickens, the weather of sun and rain, the food prepared in the house and the work done in the fields, the machinery and the tools, the seasons. There are steady, relaxed rhythms in place.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
Eugene H. Peterson
“Liturgy is the means that the church uses to keep baptized Christians in living touch with the entire living holy community as it participates formationally in Holy Scripture.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

 

Eugene H. Peterson
“But caveat lector: we do not read the Bible in order to reduce our lives to what is convenient to us or manageable by us – we want to get in on the great invisibles of the Trinity, the soaring adorations of the angels, the quirky cragginess of the prophets, and … Jesus.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
Eugene H. Peterson
“Lectio divina provides us with a discipline, developed and handed down by our ancestors, for recovering the context, restoring the intricate
web of relationships to which the Scriptures give witness but that are so easily lost or obscured in the act of writing.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

 

Eugene H. Peterson
“Meditation is the primary way in which we guard against the fragmentation of our Scripture reading into isolated oracles. Meditation enters into the coherent universe of God’s revelation. Meditation is the prayerful employ of imagination in order to become friends with the text. It must not be confused with fancy or fantasy.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading