Friday, April 1, 2011

Holy Reading

Finished off Eugene Peterson's Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading. A great book on Scripture and reading Scripture, and a great book to provide insight into the process behind his Bible translation The Message. He quotes Julian Green (Diaries p 101, cited in Peterson, p 109):
The story of the manna gathered and set aside by the Hebrews is deeply significant. It so happened that the manna rotted when it was kept.  And perhaps this means that all spiritual reading which is not consumed - by prayer and by works - ends by causing a sort of rotting inside us. You die with a head full of fine sayings and a perfectly empty heart.

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