Just as God used words both to create the world and to give us commandments, we too use words for many different purposes. In fact, we use the same language to talk to each other and to talk to God. Can our everyday speech, then, be just as important as the words and prayers we hear from the pulpit? Eugene Peterson unequivocally says "Yes!" Tell It Slant explores how Jesus used language - he was earthy, not abstract; metaphorical, not dogmatic. His was not a direct language of information or instruction but an indirect, oblique language requiring a participating imagination - "slant" language. In order to witness and teach accurately in Jesus' name, then, it is important for us to use language the way he did. Part 1 focuses on Jesus' words in everyday contexts - his teachings to the crowds, the stories he told, his conversations with his disciples. Part 2 shifts the focus to Jesus' prayers - the words he spoke to God the Father.Peterson's Tell It Slant promises to deepen our understanding of Jesus' words, strengthen our awareness of language as a gift of God, and nurture our efforts to make all of our speech convey a blessing to others.More
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An Interesting Perspective
Eugene Peterson at His Best
This book gives a new perspective on the sacred nature of language and how Jesus used language through narrative and prayer. Jesus was a master of 'telling it slant,' which is a phrase borrowed from Emily Dickinson. Through stories, like the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan (from the traveling narrative in the gospel of Luke), Jesus told truth in such a way that one would have to ponder the words in order to discover truth for oneself. Jesus also used simple, direct language in prayer, unlike many prayers said to God in public worship. This book is a thought-provoking masterpiece.
There is no book quite like this in my experience, but if you enjoy the writings of John Stott, N.T. Wright, C.S. Lewis and Tim Keller, you will probably enjoy this book.
Gardner's voice is clear and direct, but I wish he would be a bit more expressive.
No, it is impossible to take in all the information in one sitting and it is also too long. This book is much better in small bites.