Book Review – Eugene Peterson’s A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

When you read a Eugene Peterson book you are reading more than his thoughts and ideas, you’re getting a deep sense of his heart. You see his heart as a pastor, a theologian, and as a disciple of Jesus.

This book is not a new book, and yet its content remains remarkably relevant and insightful despite being well over thirty years old. In many ways this book is more relevant than ever as it looks at discipleship in a culture that is focussed on instant gratification. When first written, the internet, not to mention cell phones were barely a consideration. Now we have the desire and ability to access information immediately and gain instant gratification. Peterson’s book challenges us to examine our understanding of discipleship in such a culture.

One of my favourite parts of the Psalms are the Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) that were sung by people on their way to worship in Jerusalem. This book examines these Psalms and gleans from them reflections that challenges us to disciples to grow in our faith in all areas of our life.

This books relevant, it’s insightful and it’s challenging to those who wish and desire to grow in their faith and as disciples. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to grow in their faith.

For full disclosure – a review copy was provided to me for the sake of evaluation and review. The thoughts shared in this review are fully my own.