In Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, James Sire teaches you to take your appreciation of the Psalms a step further. He chooses ten specific psalms to study, giving background information that allows you to read with deeper insight. He also lays out a step-by-step approach to using each psalm as a guide for personal prayer. Each chapter includes a group study and guide for community prayer.
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Learning to Pray Through the Psalms is a book for people who are ready to listen to God. The author, James Sire, introduces his book with the thought that the Psalms are Gods answering speech to each of us in all facets of our lives. With the hope that we will use the design presented to read further in the Psalms, the author takes an in depth look at eleven psalms. Each chapter follows the same outline: read, read, and then read again the psalm; look at the meaning of words and emotional structure; consider the context; make the psalm yours by fitting it to your own prayer needs; praying it in community; hints for the leader of a group; and adaptations for small group study. A useful study in its entirety, this book is also a good one for dipping into for its gems of wisdom, for instance: The anchor of hope is indeed beyond the horizons of hope, (43) Pray with the full arsenal of our emotions open to God, (105) Let God be the one to judge as he sees fit. (162) A former editor of InterVarsity Press, author of many Bible studies, and a Christian lecturer, James Sire brings years of research, study, and practical experience to this book. He has learned to appreciate the Psalms in their totality and wants his readers to have the same exciting experience. Adaptable for use with many ages from older elementary through adult, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms will find a niche in many home, church, and Christian school libraries. Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com