A Fragile Stone: The Emotional Life of Simon Peter

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Simon Peter emerges from the pages of the Gospels with greater clarity and definition than any other person except Jesus. He is the Rock, the unambiguous leader of the Twelve. He could even be described as Jesus' best friend. But that is not all. "He was a fragile stone," writes Michael Card, "completely dependent upon his Master and Friend, even as Jesus had insisted on his dependence on the Father."

In this landmark book, songwriter and musician Michael Card explores the ...

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Overview

Simon Peter emerges from the pages of the Gospels with greater clarity and definition than any other person except Jesus. He is the Rock, the unambiguous leader of the Twelve. He could even be described as Jesus' best friend. But that is not all. "He was a fragile stone," writes Michael Card, "completely dependent upon his Master and Friend, even as Jesus had insisted on his dependence on the Father."

In this landmark book, songwriter and musician Michael Card explores the dynamic, contradictory life of the apostle Peter. The fruit of years of careful study, A Fragile Stone revisits well-known passages and discovers unexpected insights, painting a portrait of Peter that is both familiar and jarring. With a scope spanning the entire New Testament, Card reveals how the impetuous fisherman of the Gospels was transformed into the pivotal leader of the early church.

The life of Simon Peter thus 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

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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: 9780851117850
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 200

Meet the Author

In a career that spans 30 years, Michael Card has recorded over 31 albums, authored or co-authored over 24 books, hosted a radio program, and written for a wide range of magazines. An award-winning musician and performing artist, he has penned such favorites as "El Shaddai," "Immanuel" and many other songs. He has branched his ministry beyond music and written numerous books, including A Sacred Sorrow, A Violent Grace, The Parable of Joy and Sleep Sound in Jesus (a children's book). He has also written the Biblical Imagination Series, with a book and accompanying music CD for each of the four gospels.

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 7
Introduction: The Search for Simon 11
Pt. 1 The Stone
1 A Meeting on the Seashore: John 1:40-43 26
2 Jesus the Fisherman: Luke 5:1-11 36
3 A Glimpse Inside His Household: Luke 4:38-39 43
4 The Fearless Water Walker: Matthew 14:22-33 48
5 Who They Both Are: Matthew 16:13-23 57
6 Loyal Despair: John 6:53-71 67
7 "Fear Not!": Mark 9:2-10 74
8 Back to Fishing: Matthew 17:24-27 81
9 Confusion at the Final Meal: John 13:6-10 87
10 Dismay in the Garden: Mark 14:27-42 96
11 The Despairing Denier: Mark 14:66-72 105
12 "...and Peter": Mark 16:7 113
13 A Farewell on the Seashore: John 21:1-23 118
Pt. 2 The Bridge
14 The Passionate Preacher: Acts 1-15 130
15 The Compassionate Healer: Acts 3:1-10; 9:32-42 149
16 The Fearless Prisoner: Acts 4:1-4, 5:18-20; 12:1-19 156
17 The Reluctant Reconciler: Acts 10:1-33 164
18 The Passionate Writer: 1-2 Peter 177
Epilogue: The Faithful Martyr 183
Bibliography 187
About the Author 190
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