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on 17 December 2013
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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on 22 February 2014
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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on 2 November 2013
This book is as always with NT Wright inspiring, challenging and encouraging. It is another book I would recommend strongly.
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on 18 September 2013
This book inspires Christians to look at the New Testament through the eyes of a reader of the Hebrew Bible and learn how Jesus and Paul spoke comprehendingly to their jewish audience, And by this understand what the Psalms can mean to usinthe 21st century. Well done Tom!
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on 1 October 2016
excellent
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on 27 November 2013
Delighted to have another book by (Prof) Tom Wright. Helps us step out of the here and now and enabling to us to glimpse our place in the Heaven and Earth complex.
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on 11 March 2014
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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