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This essential authorized biography of Eugene Peterson offers unique insights into the experiences and spiritual convictions of the iconic American pastor and beloved translator of The Message. 

“In the time of a generation-wide breakdown in trust with leaders in every sphere of society, Eugene’s quiet life of deep integrity and gospel purpose is a bright light against a dark backdrop.” (John Mark Comer, author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry)

“This hunger for something radical - something so true that it burned in his bones - was a constant in Eugene’s life. His longing for God ignited a ferocity in his soul.” 

Encounter the multifaceted life of one of the most influential and creative pastors of the past half century with unforgettable stories of Eugene’s lifelong devotion to his craft and love of language, the influences and experiences that shaped his unquenchable faith, the inspiration for his decision to translate The Message, and his success and struggles as a pastor, husband, and father.

Author Winn Collier was given exclusive access to Eugene and his materials for the production of this landmark work. Drawing from his friendship and expansive view of Peterson’s life, Collier offers an intimate, beautiful, and earthy look into a remarkable life.

For Eugene, the gifts of life were inexhaustible: the glint of fading light over the lake, a kiss from Jan, a good joke, a bowl of butter pecan ice cream. As you enter into his story, you’ll find yourself doing the same - noticing how the most ordinary things shimmer with a new and unexpected beauty.

©2020 Winn Collier (P)2020 Random House Audio

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“Winn Collier captures Eugene Peterson’s sense of wonder over the presence of God and the radiance of Scripture. Through A Burning in My Bones, you’ll learn to experience life through Eugene’s eyes: dig deep, look for what is real, find the sacred in the rough and ordinary, and live like God is real.” (Mark Batterson, New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker and lead pastor of National Community Church)

“How do you reduce into words the vital reality of this man, scholar, searcher, teacher, and faithful friend? Eugene was a man who brought Scripture to fresh life for me and millions of others—who else would invite the phrase Holy Luck into a retelling of the Beatitudes? Winn Collier’s skilled storytelling weaves the threads of Eugene’s life into something fitting, like the prayer shawl he wore in his study every day.” (Luci Shaw, Regent College writer in residence and author of The Generosity poems) 

“I knew Eugene Peterson for thirty years, or at least I thought I did. He didn’t talk much, especially about himself. I knew nothing about his mouse tattoo, his Pentecostal mother’s radio program, the abysmal failure of his first church plant attempt, his friendship with a young Pat Robertson, or his square dancing prowess. Somehow Winn Collier ferreted out the little known facts about Eugene that, taken together, complete the picture of a humble, gentle giant who brought the Bible to new life for millions and became an inspirational model for beleaguered pastors everywhere.” (Philip Yancey, author of What’s So Amazing About Grace) 

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  • Beth Spafford
  • 02-04-2021

Thank you

Though I didn't know Eugene Peterson personally, I have long considered him to be a sort of pastor, mentor and father to me. I have devoured many of his books and listened to several of his classes from Regent College on audio. Thank you to Winn Collier, to Eugene Peterson and to the Peterson family for sharing a life that encourages me in this long obedience. It is a well-written book that doesn't shy away from the ups and downs of his life, that in turn encourages me to continue in prayer, reading and living out the Scriptures and focusing on love and charity.

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  • Barbara T.
  • 11-05-2021

Thorough and Fair Biography

I enjoyed learning the back story of the man who has enhanced my understanding of the Holy Scriptures through his relatable illustrations. It is reassuring to know Pastor Petersen reached spiritual maturity despite human temptations.

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  • R.Ham
  • 09-05-2021

A MUST read!

Incredibly inspiring look at the man, poet, pastor of Eugene Peterson!
Thanks for the inspiration to be all that God calls each of us to be as we sit with, pray with, and walk with Jesus and the many Saints alongside!

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  • Ryan Beaty
  • 07-05-2021

I feel like I have been pastored and discipled

In reading this book, I feel as though I have been pastored and disciples anew. Peterson was everything I would have pushed against when I first started in ministry, and everything I want to be now. He is the pastor I never knew, but like Henri Nouwen, has pastored me from afar. This book is like a love story to its readers.

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  • brad hill
  • 07-05-2021

Thankful and grateful

Like many I have known of Eugene Peterson but never known him. I have read his books, loved them and been changed by them but still didn’t know him. I have heard him speak and seen him in video after video yet still did not know him. Winn Collier has brilliantly sewn together the humble and gentle life of Eugene Peterson together in way that I feel like I know him as well as I believe it’s possible. I am thankful and profoundly grateful for this work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-2021

awesome book o

awesome book what a life well lived in the presence of God through prayer and scripture

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  • bonniemoma
  • 26-03-2021

Third in a Trilogy I Would Venture

A perfect complement to The Pastor and As Kingfishers Catch Fire.
Mr Collier’s biography of Eugene Peterson was respectful of the man and his love of people, place, and poetry. What a tribute to God’s gentle prominence in all of life.
Mr Poe’s narration was especially pleasing to the ear.
Thank you for such excellence!

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  • Mark
  • 23-04-2021

Superb

A thoroughly enjoyable insight into a soul seeking to live a holy life. Highly recommended.

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