Book Review | Run With The Horses

In Jeremiah 12:5 God says to the prophet, “If you’re worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses?”

In Run With The Horses, Eugene H. Peterson reflects on the life of the Prophet Jeremiah, exploring what it means to live life at its best. This special commemorative 2019 hardback edition from InterVarsity Press includes a preface taken from Eric Peterson’s homily at his father’s memorial service, as well as a six-session Bible study guide for individuals or groups.

This is not your ordinary Bible commentary. When I started reading this book, I did not realize that it was a commentary on the book of Jeremiah. In this 16-chapter book, Peterson examines the life of Jeremiah—which he reckons as God’s pursuit of the prophet. Peterson selected the biographical parts of the book of Jeremiah and reflected on them personally and pastorally in the context of present, everyday life.

We live in a world that measures life and success in terms of riches and wealth, power, possession, and fame. Unfortunately, this so-called therapeutic deism and prosperity gospel have infiltrated and plagued the church in recent years. In this book, Peterson gives us a counter-cultural view of what “life at its best” means through the life of the Prophet Jeremiah. He goes on to say that an excellent life has nothing to do with comfort or esteem or achievement, but from a life of faith, from being more interested in God than in self.

“What a waste it would be to take these short, precious, eternity-charged years that we are given and squander them in cocktail chatter when we can be, like Jeremiah, vehemently human and passionate with God.”

Eugene H. Peterson, Run With the Horses, p. 89

Final thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Run with the Horses. This book proves how eloquent Eugene Peterson is as a writer and a pastor. It is altogether heart-warming, gripping, convicting, and encouraging. Peterson’s passionate and pastoral heart can be felt through his personal anecdotes and Scripture reflections. If you want to be challenged and encouraged at the same time to live a passionate life for God, read Run with the Horses.

Disclosure: A review copy of Run with the Horses (ISBN 9780830846627) was provided for review by InterVarsity Press, from whom you may purchase a copy.

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