Hello, hello! Welcome back to the Wednesday Review! Today I'm reviewing a book I just finished reading: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, by Eugene Peterson.
Introduction: Eugene Peterson was an american pastor, possibly best known for his paraphrase of the Bible into casual modern English, called The Message. I have never read any Peterson before, but I've known about A Long Obedience for a long time - my mom read it years ago and really loved it. I had a chance to meet Mr. Peterson and his wife in 2014 at a faith & arts conference, just a few years before he passed into his reward. I didn't end up speaking much with Mr. Peterson (logistics), but I sat at a meal with Mrs. Peterson, and she was lovely. I purchased a copy of the book and now I've finally read it.
Briefly, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society,* is a discipleship-focused examination of the Songs of Ascents (Psalm 120-134). Each psalm, in sequence, gets its own chapter, in which Mr. Peterson deals with the main theme of the psalm and its role in Christian living.