I am often interested by the development of a pastor or theologians thoughts and how they present them to others. The scriptures can be interpreted in many different ways and those who read them bring insight from their experiences which can be of benefit to all. Eugene Peterson in his book As Kingfishers Catch Fire, shares a series of approximately 49 sermons separated into different sections.
Each section focuses on a different portion of the Bible and particularly the preaching that is displayed within it. Each section has an introduction to bring the reader into a new mindset and set the stage for what is to come. Peterson covers Moses, David, Isaiah, Solomon, Peter, Paul, and John. Each of the seven sections is further divided into seven sermons which expound upon a different text. However, Peterson doesn’t delve into the text as much as I would have liked. Yet on the other hand, he helps put the text in perspective by explaining the events of the time and how they were relevant to and help us understand the text.
One thing in particular that made me feel isolated from his book was that since they were sermons, he was only addressing his congregation and it didn’t feel inclusive of the reader. Another aspect of the book I enjoyed was his constant emphasis on living out Christ instead of getting stopped up in ideas and talk. This was a theme that permeated through most of his sermons.
His approach is simple and easy to understand. He writes in a conversational tone and you feel as though you can reply to the statements, questions, and ideas he sets forth. An enjoyable book that can be read in starts and stops alongside the texts he has listed at the beginning of each section.
Disclaimer: I received this book free through the Blogging for Books blogger program in exchange for an honest review.