These three books engage the complex interaction of the individual believer's prayer life with the sacred words on which his or her faith is based. Most unusual, perhaps is DeLeon's Praying with the Body. DeLeon, an oblate of St. Benedict, is also a certified yoga instructor, and his book represents an original fusion of yoga movements with more Western-style gestures. The result, as illustrated by sticklike figures in the text, lies somewhere between the inspired and the silly, and it remains open to question how many readers will engage in these "moving" prayers and psalms outside a yoga studio, but DeLeon's idea is engaging.
Father Kriegshauser, a Benedictine monk in Missouri, takes a wholly traditional approach with his Praying the Psalms in Christ, a patient verse-by-verse and image-by-image exposition of each psalm in the spirit of the most ancient patristic commentaries, although Kriegshauser does take good advantage of recent scholarship. The book seems well calculated to offend Jewish readers, despite the author's effort to "[pay] the utmost tribute to these Jewish prayers"; as a year-long course with a learned priest, it will amply reward the patient Christian reader. For most collections.
Brower's little anthology is like one of those marvels of French cooking wherein the meat is pulled apart and stuffed with spices and rarities before being pieced together again; each phrase of Jesus's famous prayer is separated out and dressed with apposite excerpts from the Bible and other places, resulting in a kind of spiritual giftbook. These are all for larger collections.