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Where Your Treasure Is: Psalms that Summon You from Self to Community

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This is a bold book. It has to do with changing the life of American society, from the inside out, through "source action" of prayer.

"I have written a book for Christians," says Eugene Peterson, "who want to do something about what is wrong with America and want to plunge into the center, not tinker at the edge. I have chosen eleven psalms that shaped the politics of Isra
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Paperback, 190 pages
Published November 3rd 1993 by Eerdmans (first published October 31st 1993)
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Melissa Fischer
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As always, Peterson's writing is thought-provoking and challenging. I can't read his books straight through with stopping, because they draw me into prayer again and again. I really like the way he describes Christian faith as being personal but not private; God is in personal relationship with each of us, but we are called to put that faith into action in the world for the good of the world.
Jeff
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had not heard of this book before, which was a little bit of a surprise, as I am a pretty big fan of Eugene Peterson, and have read a great number of his books. When this showed up at a discounted rate for the Kindle version, I snatched it up immediately.

Written over thirty years ago (1985), this book has a message for Christians in America. A sentence early in the first chapter grabbed my attention, and became the over-riding theme of the whole book. "America is in conspicuous need of unselfi
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Jon Robinson
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The most challenging part of reading this book was following exactly how Peterson was drawing the thoughts he presents from the Psalm texts he's studying. Most of the time, that connective thematic tissue or logic could be seen; there were other times where those themes, while a bit ambiguous, still appeared plausible enough.

What helped my reading of this book to have such a significant impact was reading, discussing, and praying through it together with a friend, as Peterson himself recommends
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Cathy
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eugene Peterson's insights led our group to a deeper understanding of the power of prayer!
Tim
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
My copy of this book is its first edition, Earth and Altar. Peterson is aiming at unselfing America through Psalms and prayer and community (if not exactly church). I like these brief chapters that reflect on a psalm and use them to encourage prayer to overturn particular American vices making us unself-made, unself-centered, unself-serving, and so on. The book does not offer commentary, but uses the texts as platforms to address a Christian way of being more concerned with God and the wider soc ...more
Jeff Bjorgan
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Peterson is always a breath of fresh air. His writing style hasn't changed much over the years, and this was one of his earlier works. Although not explicit in the title, this is a book on prayer, but the kind of prayer that incorporates all of life, that transforms our selfish approach to life. As mentioned in the sub-title, he builds his argument from the Psalms. My warning when reading Peterson is the same: do not skim his writings or read him when you are tired; Peterson has to be read slowl ...more
Jonathan Andreasen
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An insightful look into the Psalms and well written descriptions of the often unrecognized impact of prayer. I learned something new in every chapter. This book should probably be read several times to fully absorb the lessons extracted from Psalms.
Jon Anderson
Good stuff on getting outside of ourselves and thinking about community, both for church and the wider culture.
Dave Mcneely
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read it as a devotional challenge and prayer focus, good insights and helps.
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Eugene H. Peterson was a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. For many years he was James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. He had written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language ...more

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