I must admit that when it comes to so-called 'Christian' books I am not really that keen. There is something about Eugene Peterson, the fact that he has just published his own translation of the Bible - 'The Message' which I am attracted to and the idea that he is an academic and evangelical. I have bought his two books in his Spiritual Theology series and yes his style is too chummy and nicey-nicey at times so I only read it in little bits. Sometimes it is quite uplifting and interesting. Like this quote from Updike who is commenting on his love of Karl Barth's book 'The Word of God and the Word of Man', it inspires me. He is saying that when he read Barth he learnt:
"that truth is holy, and truth-telling a noble and useful profession; that the reality around us is created and worth celebrating; that men and women are radically imperfect and radically valuable."
(p.8 'Eat this book' by Eugene Peterson)