Dr. Winn Collier is author of "A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson". A pastor for twenty-five years, Winn was the founding pastor of All Souls Charlottesville in Virginia. He now directs the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination at Western Theological Seminary in Michigan. He holds a PhD from the University of Virginia, where he focused on the intersection of religion and literary fiction. Winn and his wife, Miska, a spiritual director, live in Holland, Michigan, with their two sons. You can follow him on Twitter at @WinnCollier and view his website at WinnCollier.com.
“The Bible became alive to Him, it was not as some Elizabethan artifact but as a living book, appropriate for the gritty lives of butchers, cement layers, radio-preaching mothers, and the drunks who lounged in the alley behind his father’s Butcher shop.
People around the world were picking up books with his name on it–picking them up and sensing they’d found a voice that spoke their language. Vast numbers of readers recognized in Eugene’s words a hunger they’d forgotten, a craving for an authentic encounter with God. They were hungry for a vision calling them into the wondrous expanse of a life that honored what it meant to be a beloved (yet finite) human living under the mercy of God. They found all this in the words of Eugene Peterson.”
Join us as we sit down with Winn Collier, the authorized biographer of Eugene Peterson, and discuss his book “A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson”.
“His life and work had been more like tracing a scent than following a map. Discovery, not direction.” – Winn Collier
“I keep a stack of cards of people that Im supposed to call on my desk and whenever I get tired of seminary and begin to get that dusty, mink-like perspective, I grab some cards, jump on the subway and presto!-Im back in a real world again.” – Eugene Peterson
“Ive grown to detest the dry, unreal academic life. If there is anything I don’t want to be it is a tiresome, tedious, cold exacting seminary professor.” – Eugene Peterson
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