Simon, Who Is Called Peter (Free Sample Excerpt!)Other — By Mackenzie Mulligan on April 23, 2014 at 7:00 am
You probably don’t know this, but I wrote a book! Simon, Who is Called Peter has just been published by Wipf and Stock Publishers, and it’s also available through Amazon. I’m super excited about it, and I’d love for you to give it a read. If you’ve ever wanted to get a human picture of Jesus’ most notorious disciple–if you’ve ever wanted to get inside the head of the man who walked on water, fished for men, denied Jesus three times, and served as a key foundation for Christ’s church–then you should definitely give it a read. Not convinced yet? Let me tell you a little more about it!
Simon, Who Is Called Peter is an extensively researched, heavily footnoted first-person narrative following the life of the Apostle Peter as revealed in the New Testament. It combines the easy flow of narrative with the rigorous research and accountability of an academic work, making it ideal for both lay and academic readers. Dr. Matt Jenson, in his foreword, calls it “an extended meditation, a form of lectio divina in which the text being read is the life of a man in the pages of Scripture.” Does that sound like something you want to read? Or do you need more convincing? Well then, here’s what some very smart people who actually make a living by being good at this sort of thing had to say about the book!
“From encountering Jesus with his brother, Andrew, to suffering for Jesus on a Roman cross, the Apostle Peter recounts his life and experiences as a devoted, but sometimes stumbling, follower of the Lord. . . . Mulligan succeeds in putting together an account that is both faithful to the biblical text and engagingly expressed. What a great resource this will be for a class on Peter or for Bible study groups who want to explore Peter’s life.”
—Clinton E. Arnold, Dean and Professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
“Moving between contemporaneous episodes in prison and recollections of Peter’s place in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the first days of the church, Mulligan gives meaningful shape to Peter’s life and offers us a novel take on both Peter and Jesus, yet ever faithful and attentive to the biblical witness. This sounds like Peter and would be an excellent companion to students of the New Testament, both lay and academic.”
—Matt Jenson, Associate Professor of Theology, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
“Human beings are eternal and one of the greatest of those souls was the Apostle Peter. Peter did not start as he ended: a man willing to be martyred for faith. Mackenzie Mulligan has illuminated the life of this Christian hero and reminded us of his full humanity. Mulligan’s classical training and bright mind are obvious as he unlocks his material in a manner that is intellectually stimulating, honest to the source documents, and devotional.”
—John Mark N. Reynolds, Provost, Professor of Philosophy, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX
“Never moving outside Scripture’s own footprint and reading as a disciple of Jesus himself, Mulligan offers an imaginative retelling of the ‘Peter of the Bible.’ Rather than a speculative filling-in-the-blanks, he offers a comprehensive portrait of Peter that is delightfully and skillfully woven together with the fabric of the New Testament. In what Jenson aptly categorizes as a form of lectio divina, Mulligan’s narrative is a sustained reflection on the text of Scripture.”
—Darian R. Lockett, Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
And just in case that’s not enough, you can also download Dr. Matt Jenson’s excellent foreword, as well as about half of the first chapter,right here. Give it a read, let me know what you think in the comments…and if you like the excerpt, then you’re going to love the book!
*Excerpt used by permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers. www.wipfandstock.com