As Kingfishers Catch Fire – Eugene H. Peterson

The author of As Kingfishers Catch Fire, Peterson, is a pastor – and you can tell in his writing. Divided into teachings from each gospel, As Kingfishers Catch Fire is full of fascinating information. I frequently found myself reading aloud to my husband from this novel. Unfortunately, it simply wasn’t keeping my attention. I kept being distracted by other books. This book is really only for those who want to learn and are able to focus to do so.

As Kingfishers Catch Fire

However, if you can focus, there is quite a bit going on in this book. Peterson has a lot of valuable insight to offer. One example of this insight is as follows:

“They [the Israelites] did not want to live by faith but by sight. … They wanted gods they could use to get what they wanted, like the gods they had in Egypt. … True, in Egypt it hadn’t worked to their benefit, but that was because they didn’t own the gods. … And when you stop to think about it, so do we [want gods]. ”

pgs. 31-32

If you stop and think about that passage, it makes a heck of a lot of sense. As Kingfishers Catch Fire requires the reader to stop and think frequently, so do not pick up this book looking for a quick read. It requires time and effort. A notebook to take notes with would also be helpful.

Recommendations: this is the kind of novel that would be good for a long-term Bible study group or someone who really wants to delve deeper into the Word of God.


Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


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