09 December, 2008

Tell it slant - Eugene Peterson

One of the guaranteed pleasures of 2009 is that the new Eugene Peterson book, Tell it Slant is going to be published in this country. It's already out in hardback in the us, which means it will probably be in our shops by spring. This is a really big big deal for the Travers household.

Tell it Slant is the fourth of a five volume series that Peterson is writing on Spiritual Theology. The first three, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, Eat This Book and The Jesus Way are astonishing in their brilliance.

You can read some excepts of the new book here. And here is a review. Here is a great interview with Peterson, takes half an hour to watch, but is worth the time.

For now, apart from to mention that my heart is already giddy at the thought that the last volume is going to be on Ephesians, my favourite book in the Bible, here is the poem by Emily Dickinson that Tell It Slant is named after.

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant—
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise

As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind—

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