Jinkins makes accessible and available the Psalms of lament and complaint for mature and serious faith. In this exposition it is clear why neither scholastic certitude nor psychological self-indulgence can make any difference in the power or quality of serious faith. The tone and temper of this book are on target for the rethinking we must now do about the most elemental claims of faith. Jinkins gives warrant for the extremeties of fidelity.
Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
When one invites you to 'inhabit' a space or a text you want to make sure that your host or guide is competent to make it a good stay. Michael Jinkins is. What strikes one about this book is the way he brings a breadth of conversation partners to his reading of the Psalms. He, in the short span of pages, puts the text in dialogue with Benedictine tradition of praying the Psalms and Augustine's reading on the one hand and modern theology such as Eberhard Jungel and philosophy such as Jacques Derrida and Roland Barthes on the other.
Stephen Breck Reid