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Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ

(Spiritual Theology #5)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  605 ratings  ·  67 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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 22nd 2010 by Eerdmans (first published 2010)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
One my favorite books on ecclesiology— the theology of the Church
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Reliably good

Solid. At times beautiful. Encouraging. I am very glad to have read this, and I think that some of the concepts will stay with me.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Verbose, labored, unfocused, redundant. Couldn't continue reading after about halfway through. Maybe I'll try to finish it one day. Peterson has written much better books.
Anthony Locke
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thm-reading, 2019
Always love reading Peterson and glad this was assigned for my Ephesians class!
Nathan Whitley
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Peterson is a writing master. He displays that here while being a fantastic exegete.
Stephanie Heald
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book, beautifully written. One to read slowly and savour and ponder and read again.
Justin Dewell
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A profound book about the message of Ephesians helping us see the world in a new way. Challenging and thought-provoking all the way through.
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eugene understands the heart behind Ephesians and the call to live in a manner worthy of the calling of Jesus. So thankful for his powerful insight to the resurrection life that Paul prayed those who were united with Christ would know. A powerful book that must be savored and read again and again.
Jason Kanz
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, 2017
Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ (2010) is the final book in the 5-volume spiritual theology series by Eugene Peterson. In the book, Peterson explores growth in Christ and character formation for the Christian by going slowly through Paul's letter to the Ephesians. In the introduction, Peterson wrote, "Evangelism is essential, critically essential. But is it not obvious that growth in Christ is equally essential?" In evangelical circles, I think we can become easily ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You can safely call me a Peterson fan. All his books seem very thoughtful and caring. He really has a shepherd heart as a pastor. Now in retirement, his reflections continue to be profound (which means he clearly states things I have thought), but he goes way beyond that. Peterson gets the phrase 'practice resurrection' from Wendell Berry (another favorite author), so that got the book off to a great start with me. "Church is an appointed gathering of normal people in particular places who pract ...more
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Peterson's Practice Resurrection is a book about Ephesians, the church, and Christian maturity. For Peterson such maturity must come via the church and so it is a thoughtful reflection on the nature and purpose of the church (I want to say ecclesiology but do not want to frighten some of you away). The book rambles more than the first book in the series, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. The writing is not as tight and focused. But with that rambling you get much more pastoral advices, people ...more
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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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