Wednesday, December 10, 2014

#REVIEW: Psalms for Everyone, part 2 by John Goldingay

Title: Psalms for Everyone , part 2: Pslams 73-150
Series: Old Testament for Everyone
Author:  John Goldingay
Published Date: February 7, 2014
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Format: ebook
Pages: 228
ISBN: 978-0664233846
Genre: Bible study
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Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Westminster John Knox Press is pleased to present the seventeen-volume Old Testament for Everyone series. Internationally respected Old Testament scholar John Goldingay addresses Scripture from Genesis to Malachi in such a way that even the most challenging passages are explained simply and concisely. The series is perfect for daily devotions, group study, or personal visits with the Bible.
In this volume, Goldingay explores Psalms 73-15. The psalms, Goldingay says, show us four ways to speak to God: in words of praise, thanksgiving, trust, and supplication. Goldingay provides brief commentary on each psalm and shows how each one can be relevant to contemporary life.
My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In this book, the author takes each psalm, breaks it down for the reader through analyzing it in context of the historical events, and then applies it in a more modern day setting. All of this is done in an easy to read language that the average reader can understand.
The language used is not too academic, allowing those of us who do not have a master’s degree in biblical scholarship to read along easily and understand. During the time of the year where I was studying the Psalms more in depth, I found this book to be the easier to read out of the two I chose, and I found I took more away from it because of this.

I haven’t read or heard any of the author’s other books or talks, but I still found it easy enough to jump in and wade through, though this is not a book that you can read in one sitting. It takes time to read one and mull it over in the reader’s own context and study.

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