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Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places reunites spirituality and theology in a cultural context where these two vital facets of Christian faith have been rent asunder. Lamenting the vacuous, often pagan nature of contemporary American spirituality, Eugene Peterson here firmly grounds spirituality once more in Trinitarian theology and offers a clear, practical statement of what it means to actually live out the Christian life.

Writing in the conversational style that he is well known for, Peterson boldly sweeps out the misunderstandings that clutter conversations on spiritual theology and refurnishes the subject only with what is essential. As Peterson shows, spiritual theology, in order to be both biblical and meaningful, must remain sensitive to ordinary life, present the Christian gospel, follow the narrative of Scripture, and be rooted in the "fear of the Lord"---in short, spiritual theology must be about God and not about us.

The foundational book in a five-volume series on spiritual theology emerging from Peterson's pen, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places provides the conceptual and directional help we all need to live the Christian gospel well and maturely in the conditions that prevail in the church and world today.

Eugene H. Peterson, author of the best-selling contemporary translation of the Bible titled The Message, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Immediately necessary for the long haul!

Date:March 21, 2011
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This is an amazing work which will shake the reader to the very foundations of their ceribrial and experiencial intimacy with the Lord, with His Church, and with His creation. This is not light "bubble-gum" reading, but rather will cause the reader to intermitantly stop, contemplate, pray, and reassess our notions of Christian living in this modern day world with our relevant and loving God.
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Date:September 22, 2010
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Lori Mcgregor
Well written. Incredibly insightful. Spiritual theology is a much overlooked theology, but it is wonderfully practical while still recognizing the wonder of the Word and of God's creation.
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Date:June 17, 2010
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Ed Thompson
Excellent book. I have given two copies to friends to read with good results. This book is so interesting and full of fresh insights I need to read it again myself.
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Date:October 3, 2008
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Maurine Doyle
The greatest thing in the world is to get grounded continually in The Word of The Creator of this world and Christ Plays in Ten thousand Places reaffirms in conversation where we are going and the Why and How as well. This book came to me at the perfect time, thank you Pastor Perterson for the dialouge and Rick McKinely and Rob Bell for introducing me to the works of Eugene Peterson.
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Date:August 30, 2007
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Loren Pederson
This is the second book I've read by Peterson on spiritual theology. His insights on how Christ works with ordinary people in their day-to-day circumstances has given me a totally new perspective on reading the bible. I wish I had discovered his books sooner.
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Date:June 9, 2005
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Nathan Bierma
A splendid start to a five-book magnum opus, this book makes an eloquent case for the integration of the transcendent and the everyday in the way we consider Christian spirituality. As usual, Peterson's writing is impossible to stop reading, although the structure of his chapters takes some getting used to. The biggest concern for faithful Peterson readers is that since this is in some ways a summary/foundation of Peterson's thought, and since there are four more books on the way, this book won't have the freshness and urgency of some of his previous works. However, this first volume will be a sine qua non for anyone interested in Peterson's body of work.
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Date:March 29, 2005
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Dr. Robert W. Kellemen
Eugene Peterson impressed me long before his world-wide fame with "The Message." Since one of his earliest books ("Run with the Horses"), I've been drawn to his combination of poetry, prose, power, passion, and personal honesty. In "Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places," Peterson begins his "Opus"--a proposed five-volume set on spiritual theology. Spiritual theology, a common enough term in Church history, needs defining today. Simply stated, it is a theology of the spiritual life--what the Bible teachers about how we love God and love others (Matthew 22:35-40). As Peterson puts it, "The single most important thing to understand in spiritual theology is that it is not about theology ... it is a cultivated disposition to live theology." As the sub-title suggests, Peterson writes in his normal conversational, soulful, narrative manner, explaining and exploring the nuances of the Spirit. As always, his writing is "earthy"--real, raw, captivating, and convicting. In a day when Christian authors tend to write from extremes (either theology or spirituality), it's refreshing to see Peterson unite (reunite) the two. Not only refreshingits essential. An accurate understanding of spirituality must combine community (how we relate in Christ), content (what the Bible says about our relationships), character (who we are from the inside out), and competence (how we mature relationally) all in the context of Church history (listening to the voices of our ancestors in the faith). If youre looking for a "how to" manual, you may find yourself disappointed. That's simply not Peterson's style or intent. However, if youre hoping for a foundation upon which to build your spiritual life, then you can find none better than "Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places." Reviewer: Dr. Bob Kellemen, author of "Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction" and "Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
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