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on 3 March 2004
This book is a truly formidable commentary on certain Psalms which have impressed themselves upon the former Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aitken. He read them during a prison sentence and then studied them in depth on his release while at the University of Oxford.
Commencing with Psalm 130, his favourite, he takes the reader through his chosen Psalms under the headings of 'Reflection', 'Personal comment', and a 'Prayer'. Aitken reveals a great deal of his personal journey from nominal faith (when in Parliament he was Church Warden of St Margaret's Westminster) to a very definite commitment to Christianity.
It is likely that this reasonably priced volume which has been published as a Lent Book will be of value not only to believers but to a wider reading public. Aitken suggests that the Psalms should be read one at a time, possibly on a daily basis. As a bedside book it is envisaged that 'Psalms for People under Pressure' is likely to be a great success and is strongly recommended. It is honest, eloquent and inspired.
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VINE VOICEon 14 November 2009
This short book is packed with helpful commentary, personal witness and insight into how the Psalms, in their mix of poetry, lament and praise, are a spiritual gymnasium for those looking for strength in times of trouble and pressure.

Joanthan Aitken writes humbly, clearly and with conviction. Without mawkishness or self pity he describes hitting bottom in prison and crying out to God using Psalm 130. The book then follows the format of Psalm, reflection, commentary style notes, a personal comment where Aitken links the message of the Psalm to his own experience and how it has helped him, and then a short prayer which paraphrases the Psalm. The theme of dealing with pressure and the difficulties of life unite this selection of Psalms, as does the theme of bringing the reader closer to God.

Given the current climate, the fact that this man is a disgraced politician brought low by corruption will probably harden a lot of hearts to prejudgement before they pick up this book. But it is those who have been through disgrace and have fallen that will write best to others in similar predicaments of shame and depression. Similarly, those who have tasted Grace are the best qualified to write about it. Approached with an open heart, this book will give real help on the journey.
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on 15 April 2016
A gentle kind loving book on the Psalms even an someone who knows nothing about Christianity can be soothed , healed and uplifted by !
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on 1 May 2015
A very useful book. The prayers based on each psalm at the end of each chapter are especially helpful.
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on 8 November 2014
This little book has brought great comfort to me in times of trouble, would highly recommend.
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on 22 January 2016
Easy to read and helpful - am passing to someone who is in prison for encouragement and helo
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on 22 February 2015
Wasn't the book I actually wanted but still useful.
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on 9 June 2013
It was quite narrow focus. I'm not surprised. Working Christianity but I would have preferred slightly more eloquent language. Still worth a read.
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on 29 June 2016
Great book
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