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Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer Paperback – April 26, 1991
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"Answering God" is the kind of book that helps the reader open doors that have always be locked to them. In my case, it has revolutionized the way I pray while giving the Psalms greater meaning to me.
It is a small book of great depth. It looks at the Psalms--warts and all. It digs deep into the topics it discusses. It looks at the basic questions of what a Psalm consists of. It then teaches what prayer is and how it affects those who pray. It follows this by teaching the reader how to pray the Psalms.
This book is full of practical advice and direction. Eugene Peterson is the perfect person to write this book. He is an expert in the field of prayer...not because of any degree he holds but because he is a deep person of prayer (this will be crystal clear to anyone who reads the book). Peterson is a trusted guide for the sometimes unforgiving terrain of the Psalms.
I give "Answering God" my most heartfelt recommendation. I urge you to get a copy today.
This is a tremendous book if you want to begin to read the Psalms with the passion of King David and want to infuse your spiritual life with a more complete understanding of who God is and how we communicate with Him.
Though I have read other books by Peterson, this may be Peterson at his authorial best. With laser-focus, he etches into each chapter the contour of his thesis: that prayer is initiated by God's acting, speaking, revealing and that our prayers are responses, answers in a dialogue that lifts us to the realization of His purpose. The vocabulary of both initiation and response is found in the book of Psalms.
Concise chapters focus on Psalms as text, way, language, story, etc., while within each chapter, individual psalms furnish sparse yet rich interaction with the biblical text. The goal is to reinforce the theme, not exposit the material, yet Peterson's brief interactions demonstrate exegetical precision and insight. Brief as this 151 page monograph may be (HarperCollins paperback, 1989), recognition of lament, complaint, imprecation, community (liturgy) and praise as dimensions of the Psalter are neither lacking nor trivial. In fact, each chapter provides the reader with intellectually substantive, soul-nourishing satisfaction.
The plain language, aimed at a spiritually hungry reader rather than a specialist, masks the author's depth of study in his subject. Footnotes reveal the time spent in Gunkel, Mowinckel, Westermann, Brueggemann, Luther, Calvin, Barth, and other theological giants. Insights from linguistic philosophy, psychology, literature and ordinary life-experience round out the mine from which the author effortlessly quarries gemstones and offers riches to the attentive, receptive reader. The material on metaphor is, in itself, a shining facet, valuable to any user of words.Read more ›
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Waited a long time for a book like this. So well written and so helpful in praying when I have no words. Love how Peterson writes.Published 14 days ago by Roberta Snider
INCREDIBLE HELP UNDERSTANDING THE PSALMS; PRAYER LIFE CHANGINGPublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Again a great book... takes time..Many passages one must read several times to get the full meaning.Published 1 month ago by Silimarin
I have read the Psalms all my adult life and never experienced the richness of their meaning until reading this little book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donna C
Not my favorite read. Was hoping for a better more relatable and understandable read! Definitely one that has some nuggets of truth and make sense but not one I will reference... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Keith
Feels like a Holy Spirit hot tub. Eugene Peterson is gentle but spot on in what he says.Published 4 months ago by Patty H.
I was excited to read this book, and even more excited when I got it for Christmas, along with several others that I have been wanting to read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Bickley