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Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness
     

Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness

by Eugene H. Peterson, Eugene Peterson
 

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ISBN-10: 0802808484

ISBN-13: 9780802808486

Pub. Date: 06/28/1994

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

Like Eugene Peterson's other books on pastoring,Under the Unpredictable Plant is full of stimulating insights, candid observations, and biblically grounded prescriptions. Yet this book emanates with a special poignancy out of Peterson’s own crisis experience as a pastor.

Peterson tells about the "abyss," the "gaping crevasse," the "chasm" that he

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Like Eugene Peterson's other books on pastoring,Under the Unpredictable Plant is full of stimulating insights, candid observations, and biblically grounded prescriptions. Yet this book emanates with a special poignancy out of Peterson’s own crisis experience as a pastor.

Peterson tells about the "abyss," the "gaping crevasse," the "chasm" that he experienced, early in his ministry, between his Christian faith and his pastoral vocation. He was astonished and dismayed to find that his personal spirituality, his piety, was inadequate for his vocation —and he argues that the same is true of pastors in general.

In the book of Jonah—a parable with a prayer at its center —Peterson finds a subversive, captivating story that can help pastors recover their "vocational holiness." Using the Jonah story as a narrative structure, Peterson probes the spiritual dimensions of the pastoral calling and seeks to reclaim the ground taken over by those who are trying to enlist pastors in religious careers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802808486
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Pages:
197
Sales rank:
373,705
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

I. Buying Passage to Tarshish

  1. Jonah Disobedient
  2. II. Escaping the Storm

    III. In the Belly of the Fish

    IV. Finding the Road to Ninevah

    V. Quarreling with God under the Unpredictable Plant

    1. The Stunned Imagination

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