I had to finish this book at some point…

A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson, Translator of the Message by Winn Collier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book had to come to an end at some point, no matter how long I delayed it. I read small bits. I wrote a lot in my journal. So much of Peterson’s early life was so familiar to my own, growing up in the Assemblies of God. How the Scriptures came alive to him in that seminary class was my story in a Bible college class when I was a junior.

Peterson’s temper. His inner struggles that no one really knew about. His struggle with the church as a whole… and his passionate love for the church all at the same time.

Winn Collier has gifted us with a biography that perfectly captures Peterson’s voice and at the same time it invites us to sit in a comfortable chair and feel like Peterson sits with us. This book deeply moved me.

And, it had to come to an end. I delayed it as long as possible. I mourn moving on from it. Honestly.

Peterson held a place I had hoped I could hold in my own spiritual life: the place of ambiguity. I still have decades to go (the Lord willing) and I have my doubts as to being able to stay in that place of love and ambiguity. Our culture is so explosive and demands too many answers when few answers are to be had.

I pray for the resolve to live in the mystery. The ambiguity. I don’t want to be nailed down any longer on the culture wars junk. I want to love Christ and love others. Even if it is perfectly imperfect, this is where I want to be found.


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