Bringing the Psalms to Life: How to Understand and Use the Book of Psalms

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Creative ways we can understand the psalms ... and use their power to enrich our lives.

What is the mysterious power of psalms, the power that has made them beloved for thousands of years? This inspiring introduction shows us not only how to read the psalms with ...

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Overview

Creative ways we can understand the psalms ... and use their power to enrich our lives.

What is the mysterious power of psalms, the power that has made them beloved for thousands of years? This inspiring introduction shows us not only how to read the psalms with understanding, but how we can bring them into our lives, in:

  • Facing our “enemies”
  • Dealing with anger
  • Overcoming feeling let down or abandoned
  • Coping with sickness—in ourselves or those we love
  • Expressing our thanks

A creative and personal “firsthand approach” to the Book of Psalms, it offers stories and examples that help us interpret and explore the unusual power of the psalms—and use them to enrich our lives.

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Editorial Reviews

The Religious Book Club

Here is an excellent follow-up (on how to understand God and to shape a religious world view", to Polish's earlier book, which Catholic News Service called "a book of profound spirituality. It will enliven Parish discussion groups. It may well become a spiritual classic for Jews and Christians alike."

Polish's much praised earlier study:

Bringing the Psalms to Life: How to Understand and Use the Book of Psalms

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580231572
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 843,076
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel F. Polish, frequently teaches interfaith audiences at the Center for Religious Inquiry at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City. He is author of Talking about God: Exploring the Meaning of Religious Life with Kierkegaard, Buber, Tillich and Heschel (SkyLight Paths), Bringing the Psalms to Life: How to Understand and Use the Book of Psalms and Keeping Faith with the Psalms: Deepen Your Relationship with God Using the Book of Psalms (both Jewish Lights), and has been a congregational rabbi for over thirty years.

Daniel F. Polish is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Jewish-Christian Relations: Accomplishments and Challenge
  • How to Make the Psalms Work for You
  • What Can Four Great Modern Theologians Tell Us about Our Religious Lives?
  • Jewish Religion and the Traditions of the East
  • Abraham, the Father of Three Faiths

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix
1: WHAT ARE THE PSALMS? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

2: THE POWER OF PSALMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

3: This Is the Lord's Doing; It Is Marvelous in Our Eyes
REVERSAL OF FORTUNE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

4: Where Are You?
WHEN IT FEELS LIKE GOD IS ABSENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

5: O God, Please Heal
IN THE FACE OF SICKNESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

6: Fight Against Them That Fight Against Me
WHEN IT FEELS LIKE ENEMIES SURROUND US . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

7: For Your Kindness Endures For Ever
GIVING THANKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

A PERSONAL AFTERWORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
NOTES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
INDEX OF SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
ABOUT JEWISH LIGHTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

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