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Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ

(Spiritual Theology #5)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  681 ratings  ·  80 reviews
The fifth and final book in Eugene Peterson's best-selling series of "conversations" in spiritual theology, Practice Resurrection gets at the heart of strong, healthy Christian formation.

Though bringing people to new birth in Christ through evangelism is essential, says Peterson, isn't it obvious that growth in Christ is equally essential? Yet the American church does not
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 22nd 2010 by Eerdmans
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David
This is the fifth book in Peterson's spiritual theology series, though you can pick up any one by itself, they do not build on each other. Like the previous four, this one is fantastic. In this one, Peterson takes us on a tour of the book of Ephesians, introducing us to the church in Ephesus. The church community is at the center of this book, it is not too much to say that the way we grow up in Christ is to join others in community who are also moving towards that goal.

I highly recommend this
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Justin Lonas
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A love-letter (with more than a twinge of lament) to the church, and a pretty fine commentary on Ephesians to boot.
Aarik Danielsen
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What to say? Vintage Peterson. Yet another proof for the case he makes to be my favorite writer.
Julie L. Moore
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book focuses on relevant analysis and applications of Ephesians. It is beautifully written and helped renew my belief in the (local) church. Peterson, in his usual gentle voice, reminds us that the church is God's gift to us to minister to one another faithfully and learn to love one another and bear with one another patiently, warts and all. Peterson's lyrical prose resists the prescriptive "how to" reductionism that inundates most Christian bookstores and instead, embraces the tension of ...more
Floyd
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is about Christian maturity and transformation based on Ephesians with a focus on the church. This is Peterson's 5th and final book in his series on spiritual theology. It's been a very enjoyable series for me to read. The point that impacted me and encouraged me in this book was Peterson's focus on the people who make up the church. All kinds of people are found in the church at various stages of growth or non-growth. He recounted one man who attended his church for many years, sat in ...more
Bill
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Using Ephesians, Peterson focuses on the Church as a living and local body of Christ. This is thoughtful and consistently challenging - it has caused me to change how I approach and participate in church. I can't recommend this book enough. I will revisit this one often.

This is the last part of his five-book spiritual theology series, all written in Peterson's 70s. They don't have to be read in order. The Jesus Way and Practice Resurrection impacted me the most, but I still think all are essent
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Michele Morin
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grow Up!

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Paul’s opening words in Colossians 3 remind his readers that the basis for all our right thinking and right behavior is the resurrection of Christ and the believer’s participation in resurrection living. Eugene Peterson has been helping me in my understanding of this as I have read and pondered Practice R
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Donner Tan
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Basing his thoughts on the letter to the Ephesians, Eugene Peterson has blessed us with another installment in his 'Conversations in Spiritual Theology' series with some solid insights into what it means to be Church. In an age of dwindling church attendance in the West and the popular preference for spirituality over organized religion, this book brings us back to the glory of the church. Make no mistake. Peterson does not romanticize the church or hide behind the notion of the invisible church ...more
Jeff
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the Church. I have loved the Church for decades. The Church is the Bride of Christ, and the gates of hell will not prevail against her.

In my years, there have been many who criticize the church (small c church), and not without good reason. Yes, it's messy. Yes, it is imperfect. But it is still the Church, when taken in all together.

Eugene Peterson's study in Ephesians in Practice Resurrection is stunning. He takes this little epistle and shows us how it applies to the Church and everythi
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Philip Tadros
Eugene Peterson is not popular in my evangelical tribe these days (to a large extent, rightly so). Nevertheless, this is profound spiritual theology based on Ephesians. It's not a commentary on Ephesians. Rather, it's an extended collection of reflections on the gift of *church* and a critique of western church culture. Some of it is practical; some quite ethereal. Most of it is evinces a pastor-professor of great learning and comes from sustained personal meditation. His is a sort of poetic wri ...more
Shirley Conley
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Practice Resurrection Peterson brings the voice of Scripture especially Paul's letter to the Ephesians and the voice of the contemporary Christian congregation together to unpack what it means to fully grow up "to the stature of Christ." Peterson's robust discussion will move readers to restore transformed Christian character to the center of their lives. (from the cover)

It's a good thing I bought it in audio as I needed to listen to each CD twice or three times. There are no easy steps in "g
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Ian
Ephesians is the book of the Bible that helps us 'grow up in Christ' as the title of this book states. And indeed this is written in the wonderful conversational style that Peterson brings to many of his works. This is no verse by verse commentary, rather one that explores the big themes of the epistle and the life of walking with Christ.

This was a book I read very slowly, perhaps too slowly and have a desire to read it again soon as there is such good fruit within that one needs the repetition
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Jim
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the 5th and last book in Eugene Peterson's series on spiritual theology. Whereas other books in the series mostly focused on particular topics and jumped around in Scripture quite a bit, this one was a complete look at Paul's letter to the Ephesians. The focus was on resurrection living, or growing into maturity in Christ and in the church. There were chapters in this book that really hit me, specifically the ones focused on the view of the church that Peterson sees in Ephesians. There ...more
Anna Mosca
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I was enthralled by the title and the content but the delivery was way too slow and lacking for most of the message the WONDER the author talks about. Although grateful for the special credit he assigns to poets and women (being myself both) to carry the most incredible news on wonder, I kind of get lost in the lengthy message and mental analysis that left me with very little enthusiasm. It’s like that way too often in churches, were the audience seems to have to be explained so many details and ...more
Tim
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book almost four years ago when I began pastoring at my church and preaching through Ephesians.
Since then, I have picked it up and put it down periodically, chewing it little by little.
That's how I like to read Peterson, whose writing is rich and savory.
He is a pastor, with an insider's view of the particularities of ministry, but can also offer an outsider's prophetic voice, in criticism of the surrounding culture.
Moreover, his writingsare conversant with a variety of li
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Dan Doebler
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A conversational exploration on why church is not a place for perfect people or strategic excellence and committees to grow bottom lines and build new buildings. Rather it is a place of spiritual growth and development that happens in fits and starts with different people being at different places in their individual journey and this is EXACTLY the community Jesus had in mind.

In Peterson's talented way, he reminds us of our own faults and shortcomings so that we may forgive others and be more ki
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Laura
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have found all of the books so far in this series to be tremendously helpful and illuminating in learning how to walk in the way of Christ. Peterson makes the path before us clearer and more hopeful, while still being transparent about the difficulties. It’s rare to find Christian teaching that is both so thoughtful and practical This book was focused on the book of Ephesians as a guide for “growing up in maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” It emphasizes the importance of ...more
Tim Callicutt
[Actually 3.5] Not a statement on what Peterson has to say, with which I’m in wide agreement. However, I wish I had read it in its original context. Because of people like Peterson, I feel like the larger lessons of the book have become somewhat ubiquitous in the authors I’m reading. Also, I listened to this one for the majority of it, and while his prose was beautiful, it wasn’t very easy to follow his logic.
Andy Gore
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peterson does your head in at times. You open it and realise that it's 'just' a reflection on Ephesians but yet, you have that nagging realisation that it is more than this. This is not a book that spoon feeds you but one where you recognise that you will have to read it again and again and again to hear Jesus afresh through. Irritating I know but of such is Peterson!! ...more
Greg M. Johnson
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great view of how to live out the faith that is nether passive nor defensive. I like his books because they are result of deep scholarship and often uses humorous metaphors from small-town rural life to make fun of both fundamentalists and those who’ve made up an untenable and self-contradictory faith.
Alyssa Zimmerman
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was, somehow, the first of Peterson's books that I've read. Now I want to gather the rest and read until I'm through them all. Peterson has a way of bringing newness and life into old verbiage and familiar stories. At a time when my anger at the Church sometimes feels as big as my love for her, Peterson digs deeper and plants gentle seeds of grace, love, responsibility, and community. ...more
Eli Johnson
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, 2018
Listening was a little harder than I expected, I think because this is more theological than life-application. Still, a thorough, informative and often poetic walk through of Ephesians from a stance of living in the truth that Jesus is alive
Marti Wade
Reflections on Christian maturity based on Paul's teachings in Ephesians and the author's experience as a Christian and a pastor. Deep. And due back at the library. I'm going to have to come back to this later. ...more
Greg
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is not my favorite of Peterson’s books, but it is still a great work. His commentary on Ephesians is top notch, and his commentary on the church is more poignant today than even when it was written.
Jenny
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
Theology to get you thinking. I didn’t agree with everything here (and I have real issues with his choice to frame things in terms of maturity), *but* I applaud his careful, thoughtful, and wide reading. Really useful to those interested in working on Heaven/earth relationships.
Owen Cottom
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps my favourite book on the subject of the Church. Everything Peterson writes is gold. His words have become hugely formative for me as a pastor. This book reconnecting me time and time again with my love for the bride of Christ.
Mary Reilly
Jul 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and 1/2 stars on audiobook. Based on the book of Ephesians. I enjoy Eugene Peterson. His books always lead me to other books and encourage me to read poetry which is an area where I am trying to grow.
Brian
Sep 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Eugene Peterson is amazing! First book I've ever read of his and he explores the idea of practicing resurrection by exploring the book of Ephesians. This book is refreshing, encouraging, witty, and profound. ...more
Ben Fredrick
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! I love his writing style--he makes visible and concrete abstract concepts that we often know all about, but don't necessarily know how to live out. ...more
Joey
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is a great companion to read alongside of the Book to the Ephesians. It provides a fresh perspective on the Christian life through the lens of Paul and prayer.
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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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