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The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential [Kindle Edition]

N. T. Wright
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A characteristic blend of learning, personal insight and spiritual perception. This book will be of enormous help to Christians who want to know how to make fuller use of one of the greatest scriptural resources for prayer. --Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury

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Widely regarded as the modern C. S. Lewis, N. T. Wright, one of the world’s most trusted and popular Bible scholars and the bestselling author of Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope, presents a manifesto urging Christians to live and pray the Bible’s Psalms in The Case for the Psalms.

Wright seeks to reclaim the power of the Psalms, which were once at the core of prayer life. He argues that, by praying and living the Psalms, we enter into a worldview, a way of communing with God and knowing him more intimately, and receive a map by which we understand the contours and direction of our lives. For this reason, all Christians need to read, pray, sing, and live the Psalms. By providing the historical, literary, and spiritual contexts for reading these hymns from ancient Israel’s songbook, The Case for the Psalms provides the tools for incorporating these divine poems into our sacred practices and into our spirituality itself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 265 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062230506
  • Publisher: HarperOne (3 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry of transformation... 17 Dec. 2013
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N.T. (Tom) Wright (previously Bishop of Durham and currently Chair of NT and Early Christianity at St Andrews) is always worth listening to, and this book is no exception. He makes a personal and passionate case for a greater emphasis on the Psalms within the liturgy of the church and the spirituality of Christians. His case is rooted in an understanding of the original context of the Psalms (especially in the Temple worship of Israel) but is far from being simply a study of history and context. Rather he sees the Psalms as transformative: 'The regular praying and singing of the Psalms is transformative. It changes the way we understand some of the deepest elements of who we are, or rather, who, when, and what we are: we are creatures of space, time, and matter, and though we take our normal understandings of these for granted... the Psalms will gently but firmly transform our understandings of all of them.'
This book is readable and accessible, thoughtful and helpful, and although relatively brief it would serve as a good stimulus to reconnect yourself or your church with the Psalms in ways old and new. Based on reflections originally delivered in 2012 at a conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this book occasionally feels like an accumulation of talks rather than a planned work, but maybe that is in keeping with its subject! If you are currently ploughing through volumes in his Christian Origins and the Question of God series then this book would provide light relief. If you are a regular user of his New Testament for Everyone series then this will be a good place to turn. A good book that has done me good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars N.T.Wright 11 Mar. 2014
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Yet another great work by Tom Wright. This man brings a depth of understanding to his subject area which is so helpful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For the theologian 22 Feb. 2014
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Not easy to read .Requires study and therefore probably better understood by those studying theology.
Final chapter was in terms which were much easier for the average individual.
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