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

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  524 Ratings  ·  68 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 January 29th 2008 by InterVarsity Press (first published November 1st 1983)
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May 06, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
Mark Thomas
Mar 22, 2013 Mark Thomas rated it really liked it
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
Sep 10, 2012 Jake rated it it was amazing
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
Nathan Metz
Feb 14, 2014 Nathan Metz rated it liked it
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
Aug 09, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 14, 2014 Gloria rated it liked it
Shelves: for-the-spirit
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
Brian Carver
Dec 14, 2014 Brian Carver rated it liked it
I had received a recommendation for this book and had seen good reviews on Amazon. After ordering it, I was eagerly anticipating its arrival and ready to dig in. I was disappointed with the book. I did not find it nearly the exploration of Jeremiah's character as I was expecting. Too much context seemed to be lacking - to be sure, there are grains of context within the book, but the deeper context of what was happening with the nation, with the surrounding nations, and with Jeremiah himself and ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Linensash rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 05, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
If you have struggled to understand the book of Jeremiah, this is the book for you. The author brings Jeremiah to life. We feel his pains, understand his fears and are brought into his life in such away that we almost feel we are right there with Jeremiah throughout his time in Israel. The practical applications are also er wonderful and give a clear understanding of the book. You will never read Jeremiah the same again!
Spook Harrison
Sep 25, 2012 Spook Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
Jun 02, 2014 Sagely rated it really liked it
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
Jul 04, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it
Interesting take on the life of Jeremiah. I didn't find it quite as compelling as the other books by Peterson that I have read/am reading, but well worth reading.
Gary VanRiper
Jul 17, 2014 Gary VanRiper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2011 Carol Moffat rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 07, 2011 Jasonlylescampbell rated it really liked it
"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
Rick Lee James
Jan 05, 2016 Rick Lee James rated it it was amazing
I've probably read 10 of Eugene Peterson's books now and I am never disappointed. The title of this book is a little deceiving as it is about the life, the ministry, in the context of the prophet Jeremiah. The way that Peterson dives into the background is masterful. I can think of no other pastoral theologian that I respect more. With every book I read by Peterson I am challenged, equipped for ministry more fully, and drawing closer to God. This book is no exception and I strongly recommend it.
Rick Lee James
Terrific Book on the Prophet Jeremiah

Don't let the title fool you, this is a book about the prophet Jeremiah, the world in which he lived, and how we are to live as believers in exile. Peterson is one of the truly great pastoral theologians of our time. This is probably 10th book I've read by him and I am never disappointed and I'm always learning new things that are important for ministry. I strongly recommend this book.
Jeremiah is my favorite book of the Old Testament, so this book had me from its title (a reference to Jeremiah 12) onwards. Peterson is good on his explorations of Jeremiah, but I do think the book is framed a bit strangely. It was originally published in the 80s, and I think there is some sort of argument being carried out with the different spiritual self-help type titles of the time that doesn't carry over very well.
Nov 15, 2013 Audrey rated it liked it
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
Jun 14, 2014 BDC rated it really liked it
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
Aug 17, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Peterson. I was intimidated by the title of the book at first because I thought it would be full of imperatives that I cannot even think about doing because of my sickness. It was however, a walk through the life of Jeremiah and a character study of sorts on that great Old Testament prophet. Peterson never fails to remind me of the grand life in Christ to which I am called and he makes me want to live a fully in Christ not because I must, but because I may.
Dennis Henn
Jul 04, 2015 Dennis Henn rated it really liked it
Not my favorite Peterson book, but still full of insight into the character of Jeremiah. A few chapters struck me as stretches. Most chapters captured the richness of God's call on Jeremiah and God's subsequent work to fulfill those plans. Encouraging.
Michel Silva
Jan 15, 2013 Michel Silva rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 21, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2016 Mjschuurman rated it it was amazing
Mooi boekje over Jeremia als persoon. Aan de hand van wat in het Bijbelboek Jeremia te vinden is. De uitwerking van Peterson geeft aan dat Jeremia een voorbeeld is voor hedendaagse gelovigen en ambtsdragers.
Trey Meadows
Jan 18, 2012 Trey Meadows rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2016 Joy rated it it was amazing
A humane look at the life and teaching of the prophet Jeremiah. I was so sad when it was over.
Apr 26, 2016 Jeremy marked it as to-read
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Apr 05, 2016 James rated it really liked it
This is a pastoral commentary on Jeremiah and a perfect accompaniment for daily readings. I love how Peterson reads and interprets the Scriptures. He always surprises and challenges me. Highly recommended.
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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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“Before Jeremiah knew God, God knew Jeremiah: “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you.” This turns everything we ever thought about God around. We think that God is an object about which we have questions. We are curious about God. We make inquiries about God. We read books about God. We get into late-night bull sessions about God. We drop into church from time to time to see what is going on with God. We indulge in an occasional sunset or symphony to cultivate a feeling of reverence for God. But that is not the reality of our lives with God. Long before we ever got around to asking questions about God, God had been questioning us. Long before we got interested in the subject of God, God subjected us to the most intensive and searching knowledge. Before it ever crossed our minds that God might be important, God singled us out as important. Before we were formed in the womb, God knew us. We are known before we know. This realization has a practical result: no longer do we run here and there, panicked and anxious, searching for the answers to life. Our lives are not puzzles to be figured out. Rather, we come to God, who knows us and reveals to us the truth of our lives. The fundamental mistake is to begin with ourselves and not God. God is the center from which all life develops. If we use our ego as the center from which to plot the geometry of our lives, we will live eccentrically.” 4 likes
“My identity does not begin when I begin to understand myself. There is something previous to what I think about myself, and it is what God thinks of me. That means that everything I think and feel is by nature a response, and the one to whom I respond is God. I never speak the first word. I never make the first move.” 2 likes
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