Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"The Gift of Psalms" book review

“The Gift of Psalms” (published by Thomas Nelson) is a devotional book from 50 of the best known Psalms. Along with a devotion for 50 Psalms it comes with a CD. The book itself is beautifully put together, nicely laid out with glossy pages.
The devotions as, stated in the title, cover some of the best known Psalms. At that point the book takes on a big challenge. With a plethora of devotional books on the market, to try to come up with some new and original devotionals from the Psalms, the book falls short. The devotionals themselves are somewhat boring to read, though they tend to be a little more interesting hearing them read from the CD
I always have problems with authors who feel they have to correct the scriptures because it does not quite fit their theology.
Eg. On the 24th Psalm where David says “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?” (referring to heaven) David answers, “He who has clean hands and a pure heart…” The writer then says, “Not one of us can say that he or she has ‘clean hands and a pure heart…’ If that is the case then I suppose none of us will go to heaven and thus we are doomed to a life of trials and temptations without any hope of a happy hereafter.
Out of a possible 5 stars I would give the book 2.

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