Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness

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Every commentary on the Book of Psalms has had to face the issue that many of these prayers celebrate wrath and vengeance. Merrill has re-examined the Psalms and transformed them into a work of piety and art. Taking each psalm in turn, she brings a vivid brilliance to some of the world's greatest prayers.
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Every commentary on the Book of Psalms has had to face the issue that many of these prayers celebrate wrath and vengeance. Merrill has re-examined the Psalms and transformed them into a work of piety and art. Taking each psalm in turn, she brings a vivid brilliance to some of the world's greatest prayers.
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Merrill, the editor of Friends of Silence newsletter, has led retreats, worked with inner-city parishes, and been involved with prison ministry for many years. She has reworked the Book of Psalms in a loving, contemplative manner, which betrays none of the book's original vigor or essence. Rather, in a mode that is fresh and eloquent, Merrill's psalms evoke that deep sense of reverence and soul-stirring dialog with the divine that is often eclipsed by the fear of divine wrath in the original. Merrill has carefully crafted these verses to rekindle for contemporary readers the timeless mystery of divine love, using language that is not constrained by gender or judgment. Highly recommended for all libraries.
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The tenth anniversary edition of a warm and contemplative reworking of the psalms.


—Graham Christian
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  • ISBN-13: 9780826409300
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.76 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Nan C. Merrill is the author of Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness, which has sold 50,000 copies and is in a tenth-anniversary edition. Her widely used Meditations and Mandalas: Simple Songs for the Spiritual Life is also published by Continuum. Merrill founded the monthly newsletter Friends of Silence, served with urban parish teams, facilitated retreats, and was engaged in prison ministry for more than thirty years. She passed away in January 2010.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2001

    Inclusive language refreshing to the soul

    Praying the Psalms: An Invitation to Wholeness was a gift to me from a dear Franciscan Sister of the Sacred Heart. Because of her generosity and Nan Merrill's non-exclusive language, I am pulled into the Psalms. My soul opens to embrace the God of Love, the God of Presence, the God of Comfort and the God of Forgiveness. Over and over again, I find myself drawn to trust my Creator. In a world where fears are many, Merrill's interpretation of the Psalms is a feast for souls buffeted by economic downturns, job loses, worries about failing health, concerns about aging parents and challenges of relationships. Not once did I as a woman feel anything but included in the Psalms. Merrill deserves the thanks of women who have had to swallow hard for centuries as they were pushed to the spiritual sidelines. Poetic. Enlightening. Refreshing. Truly a path to wholeness, unity and inclusion.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    My Favorite Prayerbook

    Nan C. Merrill's PSALMS FOR PRAYING is a treasure! Having used it for years, I continue to recommended it to many people. Merrill's take on the traditional Psalms opens new insight into the power of God's Spirit in our lives now. Replacing ancient imagery of war and violence with that of time-honored inner struggles, her prayers connect us with the inner wisdom of the Holy Spirit who is on our side and "intercedes with sighs too deep for words ..." (Rom. 8:26, RSV). I love this wonderful prayerbook. I recently bought one for a dear friend struggling with fear and discouragement as she undergoes chemotherapy. Merrill's publisher should honor this collection of prayers with a more permanent prayerbook-like binding and thinner pages that lie open as we contemplate. PSALMS FOR PRAYING is my favorite prayerbook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Highly recommended...for those in search of peace in your heart and peace in the world.

    I first heard of this book while in a Centering Prayer group. It was used as a springboard for centering. The Psalms are beautiful prayers of supplication and thanksgiving. However, in the text of the Old Testament, they can seem rather distant to the present experience. Nan Merrill has been able to keep the integrity of the original Psalm while at the same time transforming the prayers from a point of guilt and fear to one of love and reconciliation and forgiveness.
    For those in search of peace, I recommend Psalms for Praying.

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