Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading Quotes.

1. "Christians don't simply learn or study or use Scripture; we assimilate it, take it into our lives in such a way that it gets metabolized into acts of love, cups of cold water, missions into all the world, healing and evangelism and justice in Jesus' name, hands raised in adoration of the Father, feet washed in company with the Son."
- Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

2. "Spirituality means, among other things, taking ourselves seriously. It means going against the cultural stream in which we are incessantly trivialized to the menial status of producers and performers, constantly depersonalized behind the labels of our degrees or our salaries."
- Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

3. "the Bible, all of it, is livable; it is the text for living our lives. It reveals a God-created, God-ordered, God-blessed world in which we find ourselves at home and whole."
- Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

4. "All serious and good writing anticipates precisely this kind of reading-ruminative and leisurely, a dalliance with words in contrast to wolfing down information."
- Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

5. "We don't form our personal spiritual lives out of a random assemblage of favorite texts in combination with individual circumstances; we are formed by the Holy Spirit in accordance with the text of Holy Scripture. God does not put us in charge of forming our personal spiritualities. We grow in accordance with the revealed Word implanted in us by the Spirit."
- Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

6. "We are fond of saying that the Bible has all the answers. And that is certainly correct. The text of the Bible sets us in a reality that is congruent with who we are as created beings in God's image and what we are destined for in the purposes of Christ. But the Bible also has all the questions, many of them that we would just as soon were never asked of us, and some of which we will spend the rest of our lives doing our best to dodge. The Bible is a most comforting book; it is also a most discomfiting book."
- Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

7. "An interest in souls divorced from an interest in Scripture leaves us without a text that shapes these souls. In the same way, an interest in Scripture divorced from an interest in souls leaves us without any material for the text to work on."
- Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

8. "0 the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!" (Rom. 11:33)."
- Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

9. "Scripture As Text: Learning What God Reveals," was an orientation in the personal, revelatory 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

10. "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

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