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.


Ruth: Discovering Your Place In God’s Story

Ruth is one of the more underrated books of the Bible. We tend to overlook the truths found in the Old Testament and instead skip right to the New Testament and Jesus’ words. All of Scripture is profitable for a person. I am glad that there is now a way to emphasize the book of Ruth in a new manner.


This new book from Eugene Peterson is unlike any other of his works that I have seen. This takes us through the story of Ruth, but allows us to see it in a new light by filling in the drawings on the pages. As the pages turn so do the images reflected not only on the paper, but also in my mind. The entire project is relatively short, but so is the book of Ruth.

It is a nice way to help relax after a stressful day while taking in more biblical truth. Overall, the pages are a good thickness and should withstand a fair amount of coloring objects.

I would highly recommend this as a gift or for personal study. I received it for free in exchange for an honest review. These words are my own and have not been influenced by the author or publisher in any way other than the printed book.