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Leap over a Wall : Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians

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Of all the characters in the Bible, it is David who is most human. His life is lived on the "rough-edged actuality" of real life, and his relationship with God is an energetic one. Through the passions, the trials, and the lyrical poetry of this beloved figure, we gain powerful insights into the role of God in our own lives.In this inspirational volume, Professor Eugene H. Peterson, translator of "The Message, " uses stories from David's epic life as vivid lessons in everyday faith and spirituality. Exploring David's experiences of friendship, grief, love, sin, and suffering, as well as sanctuary, beauty, and wilderness, he reawakens us to the enduring truths behind these beloved stories."As we tell and listen to the David story, we're at the same time being trained in the nature of story itself as the primary literary form for receiving God's revelation." --from "Leap Over a Wall" "Eugene H. Peterson skillfully uses the David story to talk not about David, but about you and about me. "Leap Over a Wall" is the human story in all its wonder and terror and pity." --Richard J. Foster, author of "Celebration of Discipline" and "Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home" "The author brings the Old Testament world revealingly close to our own century, and he makes vivid the notion that God's purposes are worked out in the ordinariness of specific human lives." -- "Publisher's Weekly" "This Everyman analysis brings new life to the stories of David and Goliath, David and Bathsheba, David and Absalom, David and the Temple." -- "The Washington Post"

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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 113.4g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 006066522X
  • 9780060665227
  • 44,641

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Of all the characters in the Bible, it is David who is most human. His life is lived on the "rough-edged actuality" of real life, and his relationship with God is an energetic one. Through the passions, the trials, and the lyrical poetry of this beloved figure, we gain powerful insights into the role of God in our own lives. In this inspirational volume, Professor Eugene H. Peterson, translator of "The Message," uses stories from David's epic life as vivid lessons in everyday faith and spirituality. Exploring David's experiences of friendship, grief, love, sin, and suffering, as well as sanctuary, beauty, and wilderness, he reawakens us to the enduring truths behind these beloved stories.

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This retelling and reflection on the life of David, the most completely portrayed character in the Bible . . . depicts an epic figure with the foibles of modern men and women. . . . This everyman analysis brings new life to the stories. --Washington Post"

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