A Fragile Stone: The Emotional Life of Simon Peter

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Winner of a Chicago Book Clinic 2004 Design Award!

A Fragile Stone explores the dynamic life of the apostle Peter, revisiting well-known passages and revealing unexpected insights. Author Michael Card sketches out Peter's life, showing how the impetuous fisherman of the Gospels was transformed into the pivotal leader of the early church. "The ultimate reason for getting to know Peter," Card explains, "is so together we might better know Jesus. For the story of Peter is the story...

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Overview

Winner of a Chicago Book Clinic 2004 Design Award!

A Fragile Stone explores the dynamic life of the apostle Peter, revisiting well-known passages and revealing unexpected insights. Author Michael Card sketches out Peter's life, showing how the impetuous fisherman of the Gospels was transformed into the pivotal leader of the early church. "The ultimate reason for getting to know Peter," Card explains, "is so together we might better know Jesus. For the story of Peter is the story of Jesus. Perhaps, if you and I do our best, the same will be said of us someday."

Peter's life serves as a model for Christian discipleship, offering hope that we likewise can be changed as Jesus calls us to follow him.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Card, a Dove Award-winning songwriter and author or co-author of more than 14 books (including Scribbling in the Sand, one of PW's Best Religion Books for 2002), here turns his attention to the Apostle Peter, who he says has been ignored by contemporary Protestants and Catholics alike. Card delves deep into the "emotional life" of Peter, the disciple Jesus called "the Rock." We are wrong when we assume that this title came because of Peter's strength or perfect stability, Card warns; Peter was a flawed man and an unlikely choice to be a foundation. He did, however, eventually become this sure foundation: Card traces Peter's evolution through the Gospels and the Book of Acts to the mature expressions of leadership and care for the flock that we see in his two epistles. In those letters, Peter extends the call of discipleship to all who confess Christ, using the same title Jesus once conferred exclusively upon him to call others to be "living stones" of God's spiritual temple. As always, Card offers some stunning exegesis and biblical insights, pointing readers to connections they might not otherwise have made. (In the post-resurrection scene where Jesus asks Peter three times whether Peter loves him, for example, Card posits that Jesus is giving Peter the opportunity to make restitution for his three earlier denials. "Painful as the questions are, they are an expression of Jesus' creative forgiveness.") This book is original, compelling and full of joy. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830834457
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 12/22/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 732,971
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Card is an award-winning musician, performing artist and writer of "El Shaddai," "Immanuel" and many other songs. He has produced over twenty albums. He has also written numerous books, including A Sacred Sorrow, A Violent Grace, The Parable of Joy and Sleep Sound in Jesus (a children's book). A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's and master's degree in biblical studies, Card also serves as mentor to many younger artists and musicians, teaching courses on the creative process and calling the Christian recording industry into deeper discipleship. Card lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.

Manning is the author of A Glimpse of Jesus (HarperSanFrancisco, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Brennan Manning Introduction: The Search for SimonPart 1: The Stone
1. A Meeting on the Seashore - John 1:40-43
2. Jesus the Fisherman - Luke 5:1-11
3. A Glimpse Inside His Household - Luke 4:38-39
4. The Fearless Water Walker - Matthew 14:22-33
5. Who They Both Are - Matthew 16:13-23
6. Loyal Despair - John 6:53-71
7. "Fear Not!" - Mark 9:2-10
8. Back to Fishing - Matthew 17:24-27
9. Confusion at the Final Meal - John 13:6-10
10. Dismay in the Garden - Mark 14:27-42
11. The Despairing Denier - Mark 14:66-72
12. ". . . and Peter" - Mark 16:7
13. A Farewell on the Seashore - John 21:1-23Part 2: The Bridge
14. The Passionate Preacher - Acts 1—5
15. The Compassionate Healer - Acts 3:1-10; 9:32-42
16. The Fearless Prisoner - Acts 4:1-4; 5:18-20; 12:1-19
17. The Reluctant Reconciler - Acts 10:1-33
18. The Passionate Writer - 1-2 Peter Epilogue: The Faithful Martyr Bibliography About the Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    Realistic...

    The most outspoken of the Twelve Apostles, Simon, later called Peter stands as a unique figure in history. To the Catholics, he is the first Pope, infallible and supreme among the disciples. The Protestants respect him, though many tend to think of him as a good ol' boy. If any of the twelve who followed Christ in the inner circle could be considered His best friend, likely, it would have been Simon Peter. ............. This was the man who alone among them dared to rebuke Christ; but he also made the declaration that was the cornerstone of the church. Peter displayed great valor and ignoble cowardice. Being impetuous was his greatest flaw, and greatest asset. Using the Bible, tradition, and secular history, Mr. Card makes a song of Peter's life. By using the popular Message Bible translation, he assures that the readers have no doubt of his meaning, however, he often cites scripture without the accompanying verse. Perhaps this is a clever way to get the readers to read their own Bible? ............. *** Whether this is true or not, reading A Fragile Stone will bring to life both the man and the times. It is plain to see that Simon Peter lived up to his call as one of the Rabbi's talmidin, and truly imitated his Master. ***

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