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As you may remember, I have been sharing books about counseling from a Christian perspective. Well, I am going to change the topic this week, but I will be back to counseling books as there are few other books I would like to share with you before I close the series on counseling books.
How many of you at any point of your life have memorized a Psalm? Psalm 23? Psalm 1 perhaps? Did you know Calvin only preached on the book of Psalms during his Sunday homilies? This week, I want to devote the review to the book “The Psalms: Languages for All Seasons of the Soul” by Andrew J. Schmutzer and David M. Howard Jr. general editors (2013) published by Moody Publishers. First of all, I have to say that this book is neither an introduction nor a commentary on the books of Psalms. Instead, this book is a compilation of very thorough essays on the books of Psalms written by reputable and experienced Old Testament scholars, some of them with more than 50 years of experience in the study of the Old Testament.
The book is divided into five different main sections: (1) Psalms Studies in the Twenty-First Century (2) Psalms of Praise: Expressing Our Joys (3) Psalms of Lament: Expressing Our Sorrows (4) Considering the Canon: The Psalter as a Book (5) Communicating the Psalms: Bringing the Psalms into the Present Day. Through these main sections, the different authors present new and fresh perspectives regarding the book of Psalms.
Pastors and those in ministry may find section 5 especially useful for you as preachers. In this section you can find four sermons on the book of Psalm delivered by four different preachers. It is sometimes hard trying to preach on any of the Psalms of lament. This section provides pastor with many insightful ideas about how to preach on the book of Psalms.
Writing style is accessible for every reader. However, some chapters contain some Hebrew words for those who can read Hebrew. If you, like me, do not read Hebrew, do not worry. The amount of Hebrew terms does not interfere with the ease of understanding of the book.
The book is worth of the money it costs. You can obtain it by clicking the link I provide
Summarizing, this book is a necessary resource for pastors and Bible students in general who want to deepen into the book of Psalms, the psalter. Your perspective about the books of Psalms will never be the same.
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review