Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life

ISBN: 157683929X
ISBN 13: 9781576839294
By: Eugene H. Peterson

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Christ's friends were utterly transformed by His resurrection. Their friendship, their work, and even their meals together took on a new meaning and purpose. The same can happen to us today.Eugene Peterson, beloved pastor, scholar, and translator of The Message, takes you back to Jesus' time so you can experience the Resurrection through the eyes of biblical witnesses. You'll be a participant in the story, so its meaning and wonder can enliven your soul as never before.

Reader's Thoughts

Adam Johns

A quick read and a new and needed way of looking at the Resurrection of Christ. It's more than a once a year celebration, it should be lived every day of the year!

Mike Crews

This book has many good large thoughts which tend to break down the more the author goes into the details. Peterson connects Jesus' resurrection with our own spiritual formation, but in my own humble opinion his exegesis of the passages can be somewhat of a stretch. This also leaves a few of his conclusions somewhat forced and a little too ambiguous for me.


Fantastic book. Much to provoke my thoughts about living a resurrection-formed life.

Adam Shields

Short Review: This is a prior and shorter version of Peterson's Practice Resurrection. The content isn't bad, but Practice Resurrection is a much better book. I would recommend you read that instead and if you have already read Practice Resurrection, there is not really anything new or different here. Only reason to read this is if you have not read other Peterson books and you have Amazon prime and a kindle because it is one of the prime books you can borrow from Amazon.My full review is on my blog at

Daniel Stewart

I found this book helpful as I sought to deepen my sense of the resurrection this easter season. Peterson provides some valuable insight into how the resurrection should not only infiltrate but deeply influence our day-to-day lives (everything from work to meals). That being said, I felt as though many of the "gems" (the noteworthy points) were immersed in lengthy text and required sifting to discover. In other words, the book could probably have been even shorter and been equally effective.


Nice little book about sharing Christian life with others.

Jay Winters

Book Closing: I needed a good, quick read for a group that I read with before Easter came and I had this book sitting on my shelf. I was half right, it was a quick read. It wasn't horrible, but it couldn't really be called good either.Eugene Peterson's book "Living the Resurrection" is about living out our Resurrected lives in three ways:Sabbath KeepingCommuning (Sacramental and ordinary)Living out Baptismal IdentityEach of these three topics receive treatment in their own chapters, with a short introduction to the concept of Jesus' Resurrection a la "The Message", Peterson's paraphrase of the Bible. But each of the chapters lack the punch of vitality that should come along with a book on being Resurrected. The best of the chapters is the one of communing, but each of the chapters do a somewhat lack lustre job at addressing the basic idea, and then reinforcing it with some minor complaints about how the idea is missed, and some usual platitudes about how we might regain the idea and through it become better Christians who understand the Resurrection in our souls.Said shortly, Peterson does the same thing here that he did in "The Message", he simply contextualized God's message is a slightly more readable format. Beyond that, the message of "Living the Resurrection" fails to impress.Book Opening: I received this book a while ago, and it has been staring me in the face along with a few other books that I still haven't read yet. It makes me look back at when I was buying more books than I was reading and thinking about how idiotic it was to think that I was amassing knowledge by amassing books that I hadn't read.Today my Circuit (pastors of 7 Lutheran churches around here, essentially) wrapped up our discussions on an earlier book, the Prodigal God by Tim Keller, and we needed a new one. I brought 5 or so of the books that were staring me in the face from my bookshelf for us to decide upon for the next reading. We wound up on Peterson's "Living the Resurrection" which apparently also has the title "Stop Witnessing, Start Loving..." as I looked for it on Amazon.I've never read a Peterson book, besides here and there reading his Bible paraphrase, the Message. I'll be interested to see how Peterson's tendency to contextualize (over-contextualize?) shows up in this book about the Resurrection of Christ and what that means for us as Christians. Should be an interesting read.


gordon has raved about this for a long time so i'm giving it a shot.

Robert Terrell

It is a quick read. It is also a very good read. Peterson does his normal work of simple to understand depth. I haven't started his other, longer work on resurrection yet so I don't know how much crossover there is. This was a great start.

Wayne Larson

Downloaded onto my Blackberry via Kindle.

Steven Lloyd

I purchased this book a couple of years ago and without realizing it, purchased a series of 3 lectures by Mr. Peterson. I later realized that the mp3 lectures make up the book "Living the Resurrection." I have listened to the mp3 version of the book 4 times to date. They contain a number of correctives in the way we should think about life. I plan to read this one again and again.

David Campton

This reads more like 3 essays or lectures than a more developed and coherent book. In it Peterson argues for the place of sabbath keeping, table fellowship and the practice of baptism in our deepening fellowship with the risen Christ. It carries some of his characteristic profound and poetic insights that come from a pastor's heart wedded to a scholar's mind, but in some places the complexity of his reasoning runs counter to his appeal for less elitism and dependence upon spiritual experts in the church.


I've read so many other things by Peterson that were just fantastic, and there is such a famine in Christian theological literature that helps us move beyond the resurrection as an apologetic talking point. So I was really looking forward to this one, but it just fell flat. I got more out of Richard Gaffin's "Resurrection and Redemption" which was decidedly dry and scholastic in nature.

Jared Totten

Living the Resurrection is just three chapters long as Peterson describes how the resurrection meets us in the three sacraments of Sabbath, communion and baptism. Though this seems a simple enough of a concept, I found myself struggling to follow the ideas and themes throughout. In fact, I didn't even realize the three central ideas of Sabbath, communion and baptism until it was explicitly stated on page 94. While is a short 123 pages, I must confess it began to feel long since it is only broken up into three chapters (I am a sucker for long books with short chapters).Peterson seems to write in a more flowing, poetic style rather than the straight-forward, logical form that I am accustomed to in most of my reading. While this is certainly not bad, being aware of it will certainly aid in finding enjoyment in the book (of which there is plenty to be found). The insights and the flashes of beauty in this work come not like the crescendo of a solid argument, but like the subtle turn of a word or phrase that may make you think of your everyday Christian life in a new light.

Mindy Detweiler

Eugene Peterson who is know for The Message paraphrase of the Bible takes on the subject of the Resurrection of Jesus and how it should effect our everyday lives. This was a very Short book and I felt alittle rushed in spots like the author was trying to get alot of information into the book with a small amount of space. I had to reread a few passages because I really couldn't figure out where the author was trying to go to, but after I reread it I figured it out.All that being said I felt that it was a very beneficial book and it made me look at the Resurrection in a whole new way. The book is divided up into Three Sections: Resurrection Wonder, Resurrection Meals and Resurrection Friends. I personally got the most benefit out of the section Resurrection Wonder. The Author talks about how in our culture we need to get back the Wonder of The Resurrection and come at it like a child.The Main thing I took away from this book was a quote from a little girl who was talking to her Grandmother. "Grandmother, let's not have any God talk okay? I believe that God is everywhere. Let's just get on with life." I think that we Christians do just that,h ave alot of God talk and don't get on with our lives. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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