Review: A Month of Sundays

Daniel Camp, pastor of South Garland Baptist Church, reviews "A Month of Sundays" by Eugene Peterson.

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A Month of Sundays: Thirty-One Days of Wrestling with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

By Eugene H. Peterson (Waterbrook)

The words we use when we talk about faith are important. The place where we say those words is important. Most significantly, the God to whom we offer those words is important.

The late pastor and author Eugene Peterson spent the better part of his life extolling these matters of importance for the benefit of his congregants, students and the church at large. In A Month of Sundays, a posthumous collection of sermons and writings, those teachings take the format of a short devotional book drawn from the four gospels.

Designed to be read over the course of a month, the book offers pastoral insights into both the biblical stories and the broader topics those narratives address. Readers seldom will walk away from a daily reading without learning something, whether about God, the Bible or themselves. Most importantly, each entry is firmly rooted in the gospel—this is no self-help book with Christian trappings, but a devotional work written to bring you closer to the Lord.

Longtime admirers of Peterson will find renewed reason to appreciate his earthy spirituality, and those who know him only for his idiomatic translation The Message will discover a pastor with a heart for both God and his people. A Month of Sundays is a month well spent.

Daniel Camp, pastor

South Garland Baptist Church

Garland


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