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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich (27 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848256396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848256392
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carla A. Grosch-Miller is a United Reformed Church minister in Oxford and will be Chaplain to the Moderator of the URC during 2014-2016. She lectures widely on pastoral theology. She was ordained in the United Church of Christ in the US and retains close ties with it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By London listener on 30 Sept. 2014
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What a beautiful book this is! I brought it with me on holiday and have been living with it and savouring it for the last two weeks. I am with Carla Grosch-Miller in stumbling over the Psalms in the way we’ve received them, especially the division of the world into good people and evil people, and the conviction that God always gives everybody what they deserve. Grosch-Miller acknowledges the full range of humanity in each of us and prays from there. She gets under the skin of the Psalmist to pray the heart of the Psalm while avoiding the pitfalls.

Her writing is sheer poetry, deeply moving, resonant with her relationship with God. The language has lifted me over and over again. I think the piece that moves me the most is her “Mothering Sunday Psalm” in which she addresses God as a mother who can empathise with everything a human mother experiences and feels. “Did Your womb contract fiercely when You said Let there be light? Did waves of love course through Your being when You first saw the earth, a shining marble of blue and green... And later, when those You made in Your image took their freedom and ran with it – did You cry Yourself to sleep? Did fear bring You to Your knees? Did You wonder what terrible thing You had unleashed by Your love?”

Brilliant. Buy it, both for personal praying and public worship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Rose on 27 Oct. 2014
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'Redux' is the right word: this book makes the psalms accessible to us in a new way. I say this as someone who loves the Psalms and who wasn't too sure how well 'Redux' would work. However, I am bowled over by the poetry and immediacy of these re-workings. Psalms Redux can stand alone. You don't need to know anything about the Psalms in order to read, enjoy and be nourished by them. It is also, however, a great delight to read them alongside the originals and see how they deepen and interpret those for us. They are clearly the fruit of decades of meditation on the Psalms themselves, and a rare and impressive determination to relate them to everyday life here and now. As the author says, they are not intended to replace the psalms but as an aid to renewal in our reading of them, and this they certainly achieve. Jessica Rose
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This book uplifted my soul. These psalms which Carla Grosch-Miller has so meaningfully ‘restored,’ showed me new ways of describing the nature of God as well as giving me words to express my own feelings in prayer. I suspect that many of us would echo her struggle with the psalms, finding it difficult to agree with some of the theology and thoughts expressed there, yet also finding inspiration and appreciation of many of the sentiments voiced by that first psalmist.

Faced with these ‘new’ psalms, I first turned to my favourites and those that are most commonly known. I was not disappointed. Especially with psalm 23, which many of us may have tried to rewrite ourselves. Carla, without giving us a paraphrase, has included all the ideas of the original in moving poetic form.

Some of the psalms redux might be thought of as loose paraphrases of the scriptural text, but most seem to have been triggered by one or more of the ideas included in the original and expanded from there. A few did not appear to me to have any link, but then scripture may spark off different ideas in different people at different times and on another occasion I might have perceived one.

Generally, Carla avoids the vengeful thoughts and desires of the original psalmist to punish, if not destroy, his enemies. Apart from one request to “silence my enemies” in psalm 35, she turns these kinds of sentiments around to question the source of her own feelings. Overall, she catches the mood of the psalmist, even when his mood changes during the course of the psalm, by using evocative imagery and skilful alliteration.

In Psalm 62, Carla prays, “As for me, I want to be a blessing to heaven and on earth.” I believe this beautiful book will bring blessings to those who use it.
Diana Townsend; December 2015
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greta Grayson on 8 Aug. 2014
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Carla Grosch-Miller is a great writer - this book is very well written and deserves praise. A redaction of the book of psalms it introduces accessible language in the form of beautiful poetry. I will be looking out for her books in future.
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