As Kingfishers Catch Fire – Eugene Peterson

How do you sum up the life that is Eugene Peterson? I am not sure that is possible. Oh what it would have been like to hear his sermons week in and week out while he was pastoring a church in Maryland. While we cannot go back in time, you can now read the manuscripts of some of his teachings.


As Kingfishers Catch Fire is the most recent release of a lifetime of works by Peterson. I enjoy how the book is divided into sections with each sermon in that portion of the book centralized around one idea. It helps to keep the flow of the book going rather than simply being sermons jumbled together, like some are produced.

I can hear the words written through Peterson’s voice and can sense that he deeply cared about these people. He wanted them to grasp the sincerity in his words, but also in his sincere desire for them to walk closely with God. I would imagine that I can read through one of these sermons in less time than would be required to sit through the actual sermon, but that does not mean that I need to rush it. No, instead, it is best read by tackling one sermon per day and allowing the truth contained there to impact you.

The words that are written will influence your life as they are based on Scripture and Peterson is one who has dedicated his life to studying those writings. I do not agree with everything that Peterson has ever said or done or even everything in this book, but that is not a reason to dismiss it. Be sure to pick this book up and take time to digest it. It is not something to be rushed through.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free. My review has not been influenced by the author or publisher in any manner other than the written work.

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