As I read Tyndale’s description of Praying the Psalms I knew I wanted to read the book. The Psalms have always touched my heart, and I looked forward to walking through a selection of these treasures with author Ben Patterson. My copy arrived, and with its handy size and leather-like binding, I knew this would become a favorite.
Praying the Psalms uses the New Living Translation of Scripture with its flowing and easy-to-read wording. Each chapter includes the text of the Psalm followed by Patterson’s commentary coupled with snapshots of key verses and suggestions for prayer and meditation. In the case of lengthy Psalm 119 a subset of verses is provided.
The book can be read as a daily devotional, or the convenient topical index can lead the reader to an appropriate Psalm for a specific need. Praying the Psalms is printed in a font suitable for eyes of all ages. With its wide margins and blank end pages the reader can personalize his copy.
Praying the Psalms is not an overly-sweet devotional with happy people in happy land. The author chose a wide variety of Psalms written by real people ready to praise, worship, pour out the anguish in their hearts, or cry for help. As I considered the words chosen by these writers and felt the realism of their prayers, I realized I need serious improvement in my own prayer life. God will not be shocked by the raw emotions of whatever I share.
Praying the Psalms was adapted from Patterson’s larger book, God’s Prayer Book, so if your library includes that volume expect repeated material with the new book.
One item missing from the book is a table of contents which would help those using the work as a commentary or reference. I created a simple table of contents sized to tape inside the front cover. Readers can retrieve the PDF of that file with the following link:
Note – Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of Praying the Psalms to facilitate my review.