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Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at Its Best

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  389 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Eugene Peterson explores the heart of what it means to be fully and genuinely human. His writing is filled with humor and self-revelation, insight and wisdom, helping to set a course for others in the quest for life at its best.
Paperback, 213 pages
Published November 1st 1983 by InterVarsity Press
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As usual with Peterson's books, I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful statements of truth in this book. Like Lewis, Peterson is great with metaphors and helps me visualize the backdrops of Scriptural passages. This book draws from the life of the prophet Jeremiah, and after reading it I feel like I have a better grip on Jeremiah's world. And there are lots of connection points to our world -- Peterson is so good at highlighting those! This book was absolutely worth reading and I shall, undoubtedly,...more
First I should say that I am a big fan of "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction" and I am a person who is glad that we have "The Message" Bible paraphrase. I am a Eugene Peterson fan so I may have rated this a little higher than I would have if someone else had written it. What I enjoy is that it seems that he invariably has some very quotable ideas about Christian living and the life of faith.

This book is a study of the book of Jeremiah but really is a study of how to live a life that has mea...more
This book was strangely just what I needed. Peterson talks through the life of Jeremiah and his story. He takes the narrative of Jeremiah's life and connects it to the narratives of all believers. He talks about being the best that you can be.

I found this book to be very enriching to my soul. In a weird sort of way, I couldn't read it quickly. I felt as if I needed a few days to deal with the truth of each chapter, applying it to each and every part of my life. For something that I thoroughly en...more
For some reason, I've always been drawn to Jeremiah the prophet. I've often wondered why God chose to reveal so much about this man's character compared to the other prophets in Scripture. Peterson takes the portrait given to us in Scripture in Jeremiah and expands on it beautifully. Jeremiah did not see much in the way of results during his ministry; he grappled with God and wondered why he was chosen for his task (similar to Moses). But in the end, he was faithful to what God had called him to...more
Nathan Metz
Run with the Horses is a study in the life of Jeremiah. Peterson follows the book of Jeremiah covering every major event with his attempt at making the life of a prophet the standard for normal Christian life. The admirable goal of the author is made stronger by the character and text which was chosen. Prophecy books are some of the most underused Scriptural texts. Prophets by their very nature are considered mostly unrelatable and outcast from mainstream society. The result is a study which pul...more
First, I love the title both for its reference to horses, but also the sense of freedom it implies. This is an updated book previously published in the 1980s. The theme is the story of the prophet Jeremiah, a Biblical character I hadn't known much about.

What I liked about this book includes being able to read it in chapters and then put it down for awhile if needed so you can process it. Also while sometimes it seemed to bog down in places with history or religious background information, all of...more
Encouragement for a life of submission to God even during our bleakest times. The author looks at the life and obedience of Jeremiah to relate his strength in the face of great resistance to our ability to follow Christ during the trials we face today.
Run with the Horses reads as an excellent companion to Peterson's The Pastor: A Memoir. RWTH is the seed, perhaps, from which TP grew. But RWTH writes from a different angle, or maybe for a different audience. I appreciate TP as a minister, I enjoy reading RWTH as a Christian.

I've never met the prophet Jeremiah as I've met him in this book. Now he's become a hero of mine.

RWTH has come to me at a moment of vocational need. I'm still seeing what grows out of these words and stories. I suspect it w...more
Gary VanRiper
Preparing for vacation i picked this book off my shelf where it has been patiently waiting for a number of years. (I read the first edition of this book). While reading it I had to check the copyright date several times to make sure it was not released yesterday and found myself mourning over the current spiritual state of our own nation with renewed resolve by His grace to live life fully pleasing to God. Since reading, I have also committed to spending some serious time with Jeremiah. I read m...more
Adam Shields
Short Review: I am not particularly sure how to review this book in a short format. Through out most of it I was frustrated with the focus on excellence and activity (even if it was more about a redefinition of those terms.) Peterson used Jeremiah (both the book and the person) as his jumping off point and skips along through the book in the way that he does. I am not really complaining about Peterson's exegesis, he is good as normal. But instead my complaint is that it seems that he asked by hi...more
Carol Moffat
Eugene Peterson is the author of The Message, a modern day version of The Bible.
This book is about Jeremiah. Jeremiah is, of course, of the book of Jeremiah in the Bible. He also wrote Lamentations. He knows about depression. Sometimes called "The Weeping Prophet", he is none-the-less a powerful guy and didn't really want to be.

God called Jeremiah before he was even born to be a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah protested that "he was only a boy..." and after Jeremiah got over that hump it still...more
"Nothing could be farther from the truth than the facile belief that God only manifests Himself in progress, in the improvement of standards of living, in the spread of medicine and the reform of abuses, in the diffusion of organized Christianity. The reaction from this type of theistic meliorism, which a few years ago had almost completely supplanted the faith of Moses, and Elijah, and Jesus among modern Christians, both Protestant and Catholic, is now sweeping multitudes from their religious m...more
Many of us consider Jeremiah a difficult book to read, to deal with. However, as always, Eugene Peterson deals well with this book as he depicts an "unsung" hero; a man laughed at, scorned, beaten, imprisoned, left for dead .. and then finally remembered and rescued; a man who knew how to live by faith, how to trust the God he prayed to, and how to obey the God he worshipped. Here we encounter a man committed to the covenant of God, a man who continued to be "determinedly faithful, magnificently...more
I haven't read all of Eugene Peterson's books, but this ones quickly went to the top of my list. This book gives us 16 snippets into the life of Jeremiah. Each one is eloquently written and based on a specific chapter of the book of Jeremiah. Peterson gives us many thoughts and ideas that help us imagine what Jeremiah might have been thinking or feeling throughout these episodes. He ends each chapter with thoughtful reflection on how the example of Jeremiah might be applicable to our own lives....more
Michel Silva
A Palavra de Deus, para Eugene não participa de jogo. Algo muito diferente acontece numa vida de fé: cada pessoa descobre todos os elementos de uma aventura original e única. Somos alertados sobre os riscos de seguir as pegadas dos outros e chamados a uma incomparável associação a Cristo. A Bíblia deixa bem claro que sempre quando há uma história de fé, ela é completamente original. O gênio criativo de Deus é inesgotável. Ele jamais se fatigará em manter os rigores da criatividade, lançando mão...more
This book follows the life of the prophet Jeremiah. It follows him in such a way that it becomes easy to see the situations he faced to come alive in the situations we face today. There are many nuggets to be gleaned as Peterson moves back and forth from the ancient to modern times. Such nuggets are "A people's lives are only as good as their worship." Like king Jehoiakim, "We reduce Scripture to something impersonal that we can use for our purposes or discard at our pleasure." The book helps th...more
I wanted to love this book. And, indeed, I loved the content. I usually love Peterson's work and the "run by faith, free and unencumbered" message of this book is as needed now as it was when originally published.

But somehow its presentation and pace made for a slogging read. I imagine this is more a reflection of the reader than the writer, but whatever the reason, it wasn't my favorite read.
Trey Meadows
This newly added to my top 10 favorite devotional reads of all time. A beautiful look at an often dressed over book of the Bible. Peterson comes at this book in his typical down to Earth yet intelligent study of the Biblical text pulling out key thoughts. His study offers the modern Christian much to think and apply as he brings to life the historical life of one of scripture's more important figures. He allows the reader to see how the life of Jeremiah is so relevant to the modern day debaucher...more
One of Peterson's best. You'll never read the Psalms the same again.
Stephen Williams
An inspirational exploration of character development through the biographical parts of the life of Jeremiah, one of the bibles Old Testament prophets.

With Eugene Peterson you could say "the medium is the message" in that he writes like an artist/poet with a mature Christian sense... and the beauty of his written presentation compells you toward the content of his writing.

This is a book I will read periodically because it goes beyond informing me to feeding something inside me.

Paul Mullen
Eugene Peterson is perhaps one of the best Christian writers of the century. This book focuses on the life of Jeremiah. The last chapter, one that deals with ambiguity, is perhaps the best of the entire book. But the whole book is a great exposition on the book of Jeremiah. If you've ever been confused trying to find your way through that particular book, you may find this a really helpful way to reorganize your thinking.
Jan 23, 2009 Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for some perspective
Read this book. Published in 1983 I found it astounding relevant to the times at hand. After reading A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, I was left with Patterson's admonition to live a Christian life because that is what I have chosen and to leave my every day feelings behind and not be ruled by them. I found Run With the Horses a realistic application of that way of living. I will read it again.
I felt a kindred spirit with both Eugene Peterson and the prophet Jeremiah after reading this book. He talks about Jeremiah's personal quest to serve God, his highs and lows, and his faithfulness to God's message- which ultimately brought about the best for the people to whom he delivered the message and for Jeremiah as well. God truly works all things together for good as He refines our character.
Spook Harrison
Sep 25, 2012 Spook Harrison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Most People
Recommended to Spook by: Anne Swanson!
Shelves: how-to-live
Amazing. I'm going to have to read more of Peterson's work, because this was such an invigorating view of a prophet I haven't spent much time learning about previously. Not only did this book give a lot of information and detail, but Peterson has a gift for making it relevant to one's own life, which is an integral part of religion!
One of the best books ever for me - fiction or non-fiction. Eugene Peterson writes about the prophet Jeremiah and what made him successful and how we can use those same lessons to make our lives successful. Really makes the book of Jeremiah understandable and enlightening. I'll read this one again.
Phil Aud
I have read many Peterson books and this is now one of my favorites. This is a biographical look at the life of Jeremiah as revealed in the scriptures. Peterson makes the text come alive and challenges readers, through Jeremiah's life and writing to come out of our dull living and live the life of faith.
Luke Brown
I would give this a 7 if possible. Truly enjoyable insights from Jeremiah. One of the most enjoyable Peterson books I've read and may use it for a sermon series. Takes various happenings in Jeremiah and explains why they are important for us. Very fine book.
Peterson is my new favorite. This study on the prophet Jeremiah is a course book for all who attempt to teach God's word. The minute I finished, I knew I needed to read it again.
I really need to read this again without so much distraction. It was really interesting but I feel there was more in it that I missed out on by reading in fits and starts.
John Williams
i have read this book twice. even though he wrote this like 20 years ago, he still has a lot of relevant stuff to say to people today. book is based on the book of jeremiah.
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Eugene H. Peterson is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. For many years he was James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. He has written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language a contemporary translation of t...more
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