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Publication Order of A Year of Daily Prayers Books

Praying with the Psalms: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words of David (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Praying with Jesus: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words and Actions of Jesus (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Praying with the Early Christians: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words of the Early Christians (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Praying with Paul: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words of Paul (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Praying with the Prophets: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words and Actions of the Prophets (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Pastoral Books

Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Under the Unpredictable Plant an Exploration in Vocational Holiness (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Spiritual Theology Books

Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Growing Up In Christ: A Guide For Families With Adolescents (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Year With The Psalms: 365 Meditations And Prayers (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Traveling Light: Modern Meditations on St. Paul's Letter of Freedom (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at Its Best (With: Eric E. Peterson) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Forces Concealed in Quiet (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earth & Altar: The Community of Prayer in a Self-Bound Society (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weddings, Funerals and Special Events: The Personal Ministry of Public Occasions (With: Calvin Miller) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reversed Thunder: The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Message: The New Testament in Contemporary Language (With: Anonymous) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Your Treasure Is: Psalms that Summon You from Self to Community (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Like Dew Your Youth: Growing Up with Your Teenager (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Quest (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Take and Read: Spiritual Reading (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Message Job (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stories of Jesus: From the Text of the Message (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Living the Message: Daily Reflections with Eugene Peterson (With: Janice Stubbs Peterson) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leap Over a Wall: Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Subversive Spirituality (With: Peter Santucci) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
His Unfolding Grace (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sayings of Jesus (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible (With: Dallas Willard) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
First and Second Samuel (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Unnecessary Pastor: Rediscovering the Call (With: Marva J. Dawn) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Long Obedience Journal (With: Ruth Goring) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Message: The Old Testament History Books In Contemporary Language (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Life at Its Best: A Guidebook for the Pilgrim Life (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Promises. Promises. Promises. (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Troll: Sometimes God's Best Gifts Are the Most Unexpected (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faith and Fitness (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
God's Message for Each Day: Wisdom from the Word of God (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Power of a Blessing: Words to Speak and Pray from the Message (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Are You Talking to Me, God? (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
God Is with Us: The Christmas Story from the Message (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
God's Message of Christmas Love (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Message Parallel Bible (With: Anonymous) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Power of a Mother: Words to Speak and Pray From The Message (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Power of a Prayer: Words to Speak and Pray From The Message (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Power of a Friend: Words to Speak and Pray From The Message (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places Study Guide (With: Peter Santucci) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eat This Book Study Guide (With: Peter Santucci) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Message of Christmas (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Year with Jesus: Daily Readings and Meditations (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jesus Way Study Guide (With: Peter Santucci) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Message With Its Translator: Conversations (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Invitation: A Simple Guide to the Bible (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Daily Message: Through the Bible in One Year (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Practice Resurrection Study Guide (With: Peter Santucci) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pastor: A Memoir (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leap Over a Wall Study Guide: Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians (With: Michael M. Smith) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Message of Christmas, Campaign Edition (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Message of Proverbs (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Message Canvas Bible: Coloring and Journaling the Story of God (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Step an Arrival: A 90-Day Devotional for Exploring God's Word (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Psalms: Prayers of the Heart (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Month of Sundays: Thirty-One Days of Wrestling with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Message of Hope : Encouragement from the Bible in Contemporary Language (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to a Young Pastor: Timothy Conversations Between Father and Son (With: Eric E. Peterson) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Hallelujah Banquet: How the End of What We Were Reveals Who We Can Be (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction Bible Study (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Symphony of Salvation: A 60-Day Devotional Journey through the Books of the Bible (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Living Well: Brief Reflections on Wisdom for Walking in the Way of Jesus (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Message of Easter (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Message of Genesis: Echoes : The Bible Meets the Culture of Today (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Message of Matthew: Echoes : The Bible Meets the Culture of Today (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lights a Lovely Mile: Collected Sermons of the Church Year (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of My First Message Books

My First Message (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stories of Jesus (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amazing Stories of The Bible (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Story (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Publication Order of Eugene H. Peterson Coloring Books

Ruth: Discovering Your Place in God's Story (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Esther: Finding Yourself in Times of Trouble (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary: Seeing God Through the Eyes of a Mother (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Christian Basics Bible Studies Books

Christian Basics: Prayer (By: Bill Hybels) (1635)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wisdom: Making Life Work : 6 Studies for Individuals or Groups With Leader's Notes (By: Bill Hybels) (1811)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gods Word For Contemporary Christians (By: John Stott) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christ: Basic Christianity (By: John Stott) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Character: Who You Are When No One's Looking: 6 Studies for Individuals or Groups (By: Bill Hybels) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prayer: Too Busy Not To Pray : 6 Studies For Individuals Or Groups (By: Bill Hybels) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Priorities: Tyranny Of The Urgent (By: Charles E. Hummel) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lordship: Basic Discipleship (By: Floyd McClung) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Perseverance: A Long Obedience In The Same Direction (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Excellence: Run With The Horses (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Decisions: Finding God's Will : 6 Studies for Individuals or Groups With Leader's Notes (By: J.I. Packer) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hope: Never Beyond Hope : 6 Studies for Individuals or Groups With Leader's Notes (By: J.I. Packer,Carolyn Nystrom) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Design for Discipleship Books

Your Life in Christ (By: The Navigators) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foundations for Faith (With: The Navigators) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Growing Deeper Books

The Wisdom of Each Other (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage (With: Philip Yancey) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whole Prayer: Speaking and Listening to God (With: Walter Wangerin Jr.) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Is God When It Hurts? (By: Philip Yancey) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Designer Sex (By: Philip Yancey) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keeping Company with God (By: Philip Yancey) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Getting to Know Jesus (By: Philip Yancey) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jesus I Never Knew Participant's Guide (By: Philip Yancey,Claude V) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's So Amazing About Grace? Participant's Guide (By: Philip Yancey) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Growing in Christ Books

with The Navigators, Cynthia Heald
Lessons on Assurance: Five Life-Changing Bible Studies and Memory Verses for New Christians (By: Cynthia Heald) (0)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lessons on Christian Living: Eight Life-Changing Bible Studies and Memory Verses for Growing Christians (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lifechange Books

Ephesians (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Navpress Bible Study on the Book of 1, 2 & 3 John (With: The Navigators) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Proverbs (By: The Navigators) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Redefining Life Books

with Margaret Feinberg

Publication Order of Studies in Christian Living Books

Developing Your Faith (With: The Navigators) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Poiema Poetry Books

Scape (With: Luci Shaw) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
In a Strange Land (By: D.S. Martin) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abundance (By: Andrew Lansdown) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Cannot Be Fixed (By: Martin E. Marty,Jill Peláez Baumgaertner) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gold (By: Barbara Crooker) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angelicus (By: D.S. Martin) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trespassing on the Mount of Olives (By: Brad Davis) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Angel of Absolute Zero (By: Marjorie Stelmach) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wolf Intervals (By: Graham Hillard) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Heaven's Rim (By: Burl Horniachek) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cup My Days Like Water (By: Abigail Carroll) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soon Done with the Crosses (By: Claude Wilkinson) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Stories for the Christian Year(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Swiftly Tilting Worlds of Madeleine L'Engle: Essays In Her Honor(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Great Is Our God: Timeless Daily Readings on the Nature of God(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road We Must Travel: A Personal Guide for Your Journey(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plough Quarterly No. 4: Earth(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Called to Community(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faith That Matters: 365 Devotions from Classic Christian Leaders(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Suffering & Glory: Meditations for Holy Week and Easter(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Eugene H. Peterson was an American religion and spirituality author with over 30 books under his name. He was born in Stanwood, Washington, and raised in Kalispell, Montana. He attended Seattle Pacific University, where he graduated with a degree in philosophy, a degree in theology from New York Theological Seminary, and Semitic languages master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. Peterson is famously known for his book The Message, in which he claimed the initial goal was to make the story’s original meaning understandable and accessible to the 21st-century reader. He retired from public life in 2017, immediately after publishing his last book, As Kingfishers Catch Fire. It was the same time when the same-sex controversy about him was brought into the limelight. Peterson died in October 2018 from congestive heart failure-related complications.

There have been many controversies regarding Eugene Peterson’s remarks on homosexuality in relation to his book, The Message. However, it’s important to note that The Message isn’t a translation and should never be used as your primary Bible at any given time. But as a free paraphrase, the book is powerful and brilliant. The readers get a glimpse of The Message’s pros and cons by examining how Dr. Peterson treated several key verses related to homosexual practice. This is a great place to start, given the controversy surrounding the author.
For example, the ESV states, “you shall not have a male as a woman as it’s an abomination.” The Message states, “Do not have sex with a man as one does with a woman. That’s despicable.” Examining clearly, it’s evident that Peterson made sure that the paraphrase was close to the original. Eugene Peterson’s books aimed to use a modern language to help people better understand the message of the bible. The book uses the fact that the New Testament was initially written using the common language of the day and not in the ordinary language of historical documents and government decrees. The book is intended to be expressive without patronizing, condescending, or being biased. As mentioned earlier, this is not a full bible. However, grab an original ESV copy if you’re looking for a complete bible in the contemporary language.

Published in 1983, Run with the Horses is a book that examines Jeremiah’s book and how to live a life that has meaning. The author requests the readers to be people who are conscious of participating in God’s doing and saying, and to be people who are most human and alive. It’s quite refreshing for a book to set such a positive goal in the first pages. The author gives the readers a clear path of Christ’s disciple by encouraging people to live selflessly, grow in excellence, lose themselves, and find the self. Peterson further highlights the life of faith along the lines of the prophet Jeremiah. He presents faith as tangible and emphasizes God’s love for each and every one of us.

As a seasoned pastor and Biblical student, Peterson guides us back to the identity issue. Who is prophet Jeremiah? The name captures the essence of the individual’s life. We should not let our responsibilities or accomplishments define us. Before understanding how we might achieve, we must first become familiar with our names. Peterson says that Jeremiah’s name is closely associated with God. In other words, the call of Jeremiah is to the LORD. The closer Jeremiah gets to God, the more he realizes his potential.
There are justifications for this. First, God created man, indicating He is aware of our intended purpose. Second, God is aware of the limits of humans. Learning to view the world from God’s viewpoint entails increasing awareness of one’s limitations. Peterson goes on to assert that our connection to God is not an “add-on” to knowing who we are but rather the fundamental nature of who we are. Jeremiah’s calling and mission are inextricably intertwined with his self-understanding. How could he choose his mission without knowing his identity? How could someone achieve excellence without knowing his purpose? As a skilled wordsmith, Peterson responds simultaneously to all three. In addition, he fluidly transitions between the Old Testament account of Jeremiah and our contemporary cultural circumstances to demonstrate how important Jeremiah’s life is and how much we can gain knowledge to be counter-cultural to our times.

Peterson is unreserved in his criticism of the culture of luxury and arrogance. People are trapped in a tragedy of substandard existence, described in his first chapter. This is the greatest obstacle to our progress toward perfection. Frequently, he uses oneself to convince himself that he is also susceptible to the pitfalls he cautions the readers about. In the chapter on the potter’s house, he contrasts and compares the two views of pottery and portraiture. The world frequently utilizes ceramics and portraiture for their usefulness, ignoring their inherent beauty and nature.

This reminds the reader how the world has become obsessed with the inexpensiveness and practicality. When this occurs, we only perceive items as means to an aim rather than learning to appreciate them for what they are. We are gently reminded that the way we treat objects may have an impact on the way we treat people.

The Contemplative Pastor is a book beneficial for any clergyman who needs and desires a return to basics. Well-known as “a pastor’s pastor,” Eugene Peterson gives words of wisdom and encouragement to pastors busy preaching, instructing, and “running the church.” In The Contemplative Pastor, Peterson first emphasizes the often-overlooked fundamentals of ministry by refining the term “pastor” with three enhancing adjectives: subversive, unbusy, and apocalyptic. The majority of the book is devoted to pastoral ministry and spiritual guidance “between Sundays”; the chapters in this section begin with lyrical reflections on the Beatitudes and go on to cover topics like healing souls, the language of prayer, praying with eyes open, the ministry of small conversation, and sabbatical, all while using interesting, instructive examples from Peterson’s own life. The collection concludes with numerous profound poetry that revolves around the incarnation, the theology most closely associated with pastoral service.

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