The Voice of Psalms

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Readers will be inspired to praise and will find comfort, wisdom, andhelp for daily living through The Voice of Psalms.

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  • the entire Book of Psalms in The Voice™ translation
  • 75 practical and ...
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Overview

Readers will be inspired to praise and will find comfort, wisdom, andhelp for daily living through The Voice of Psalms.

Features:

  • the entire Book of Psalms in The Voice™ translation
  • 75 practical and insightful comments on selected scriptures, focusing the primary idea of each one addressed
  • devotional in tone
  • offering immediate application
  • 28 Advent readings with messianic quotes from other portions of Scripture
  • 40 Lenten readings with messianic quotes from other portions of Scripture
  • 40 Psalms readings for those seeking help from the Lord
  • 40 Psalms readings for those desiring to have a time of praise with the Lord

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418541521
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Series: Voice Series
  • Pages: 267
  • Sales rank: 1,406,976
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    A Simply Amazing Read!

    The Voice of the Psalms eloquently waxes out a new perspective on the longest book of the Bible. The language used throughout the book poetically enhances and reiterates the beautiful language of the authors of the Psalms. With added notes and explanatory devotions placed along with different psalms throughout the book, this version of the 150 psalms more clearly pronounces their timeless messages of praise and hope to the Faithful One.
         As I personally read through The Voice of the Psalms, I realized how clearly God's love shines down in an unrelenting manner whether we as human beings think we need His love or not. This book works perfectly as a morning devotional, a pleasant afternoon read, a night stand dweller, or all three! 
        In terms of content for your money, this book is a steal. After all, having the knowledge of God's unfailing promises and message of enduring hope in your life is priceless! God's Word will never return void, and by purchasing this book, you will only be further enhancing your extremely important relationship with the Creator. His Words and unfailing love make this volume of the Psalms worth every single penny, and a valuable investment for your eternal future with God, who loves you and wants you to be with Him in heaven forever! I'm so glad I've invested in His Word, and I know you will be glad you did, too!

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  • Posted April 23, 2010

    Refreshing and Powerful

    The first thing I noticed when I got this book was how good it felt and looked. The cover is matte and the book feels solid in my hands. The pages are thick and and each page has a parchment-type background with some nice shading. Nothing to do with content, I know, but I always enjoy a book that feels good. And, to be perfectly honest with you, I like it when books smell good too. (I know you're wondering: yes, The Voice of Psalms smells very nice, clean, sweet smell.)

    Okay, aesthetics aside, I loved this book. It is the book of Psalms from the Bible, but in language that we can really understand. The people who created this version took the idioms and images of the authors' times and translated them to ones that we relate to, and they altered the language in that manner as well.

    It is powerful.

    I've read Psalms before. I've read it a couple times. But I followed one of several reading plans listed in the front-I did the "Forty-Day Reading Plan to Worship the Eternal One with Your Praise" plan-and I felt like I was reading a new book, in a good way! I took so much more away from my readings than I normally do, not only because of the new voice, but also because of the footnotes. The images really spoke to me. I would love to read The Voice of Proverbs *hint, hint, Thomas Nelson Publishers :) *

    (In the name of full disclosure, Thomas Nelson provided me a complimentary copy of this book.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2010

    The Voice of Psalms

    The Voice of Psalms
    ISBN:978-1-4185-4152-1
    Thomas Nelson


    The Voice of Psalms has a reading plan for those seeking the Eternal One with Praise and those seeking help from the True God. The Voice of Psalms uses the words the Eternal One instead of God which makes you aware that God is Our Eternal One, that we need to look to heaven in all things. The Voice of Psalms gives you the Song of David first and then you read the Psalm and then it gives you a commentary on the Psalm. I like this because it explains the Psalms even more for you to understand. The text from this book is from the Ecclesia Bible Society.The Voice of Psalms has reading plan for advent and for lent. The Psalms are very inspring book of the Bible. David had been through so much but he choose to go to the Eternal One for help. He knew he had to lean on God's help. This helps me with my faith and to know I also can lean on God for his help and he is there to listen.

    I have been reading The Voice of Psalms to our children every morning. I have our son narrate back to me what we read. Here is what he said about one of the Psalms.( He understands that Satan is trying to trap us and there is no one else to help us but God, he is the only one that can save us,7years old). He understand The Voice of Psalms and is able to tell me what I have read. That says alot about the book itself.

    We have an amazing God on our side.

    Psalms 23

    The Eternal One is my shepherd,He cares for me always.
    He provides me rest in rich,green fields beside streams of refreshing water.
    He soothes my fears:
    He makes me whole again,steering me off worn,hard path to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.
    Even in the unending shadows of death's darkness, I am not overcome by fear.
    Because You are with me in those dark moments,near with Your protection and guidance, Iam comforted.
    You spread out a table before me,provisions in the midst of attack from my enemies:
    You care for all my needs,anointing my head with smoothing,fragrant oil, filling my cup again and again with Your grace.
    Certainly Your faithful protection and loving provision will pursue me where I go,always,everywhere.
    I will always be with the Etenal One, in Your house forever.


    The Eternal One refreshes us even when we are in the midst of trouble. Remember to stay focus on Who the Eternal One is and that cares and loves you.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    The short version: Get this book.

    The long version: Since I first became aware of the Voice Bible translation, I have been excited to see what they can do with the Biblical texts. And since I've been recently drawn more and more to the Psalms, I jumped at the opportunity to review this book. And it's fantastic. In addition to the Voice translation of all 150 psalms, the introduction includes reading guides to take us through Advent, Lent and other seasons of the Church calendar. It's a great way to begin or end your day; my wife and I are currently using the Lenten reading guide and are finding it a great way to spend time in the scriptures together.

    If you're not familiar with the Voice Project, it's a gathering of scholars and artists to create a translation of the Bible that embodies the diversity and art of the original texts. So dialogues look like dialogues, letters look like letters and poems.

    .well they look and read like poems. One of the more controversial aspects of the Voice translation is their inclusion of italicized notes directly in the text. These extra words and phrases are meant to embody the original intentions of the authors in contemporary language.

    The Voice is as good a translation of the Psalms as any I've seen, and I enjoy the fresh take on several of the Psalms. I checked through several of my personal favorites (Psalm 1, 8, 77 and 88 if you're curious) and was pleased with how they handled some of the more challenging interpretive issues (Leviathan is still in there, as is much of the non-Genesis creation language. They didn't do a great job with chesed ('covenantal faithfulness', translated, for instance, in Psalm 23 as 'loving provision'), but I've yet to meet the English translation that does).

    If you're looking for a fresh take on a great book in our Scriptures, check out The Voice of Psalms. You could do much worse for yourself.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    I Can't recommend this book

    Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me the book The Voice of Psalms by The Voice to review as part of their blogger book review program. This book has its plusses and minuses and this is what I thought about this book.

    One of the things I liked about the book was the various reading plans. They have plans for Advent, Lent, for comfort and guidance as well as for praise. As someone who has greatly benefited from the Psalms I was happy to see this and I hope those of you who do buy this book will utilize and incorporate it in your daily Bible devotions.

    I also like the fact that after each Psalm there was a note from the various writers explaining the Psalm and helping the reader gain additional insights as well as applying what they've read into their daily lives. This is very important and something else I was happy to see.

    The main reason that I can't personally recommend this book is due to the fact the name of God was replaced with "The Eternal One" in all of the Psalms and in several of the comments and insights from the various writers. In my opinion it's not much different then the statue of the unknown god Paul saw in Athens (Acts 17). When can know God and we don't have to change His name in order to do so. Again, this is only my opinion.

    The book was well written and had an easy to read style and while I'm sure there will be some who benefit from this book I can't recommend it based on my concerns listed in the above paragraph.



    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    cliche ridden, unpoetical and heretical

    The Voice Project is, according to its website, "a retelling of the Scriptures . . . not of words, but of meaning and experience." You might call it a translation project. Its team of contributors is tackling the Bible one book at a time, publishing each book separately. It represents a "collaboration among scholars, writers, musicians, and other artists."

    It seemed to me that the book of Psalms might be particularly suited for this kind of project--it is, after all, the hymnal of the Jewish Temple, the lyric book and liner notes for the songs of David (and a few others). Songwriters and poets have been re-translating, re-expoloring, re-singing the Psalms for centuries. "The Voice" has reduced them to prose. Here then, is the first of my complaints on this grievous, ridiculous, self-important re-telling project. (It's too far off to be considered a translation). It doesn't even succeed at what it purports to be trying to do. I presume that the meaning and experience of the original readers (and singers) of the Psalms would have been such that they could recognize what they were reading as song lyrics. But it is nearly impossible to imagine singing what is rendered in "The Voice," sometimes laughably so. Who thought it was a good idea to render Psalm 2:12 ("you will be destroyed" in the NIV and "you will perish" in the ESV) as "you won't stand a chance." ? Just one small example of how the book is riddled with unpoetic modern cliche.

    Now, about the italicized material. The introduction says that it is "not directly tied to a dynamic translation of the original language." Put another way--it's interpolation. Or, let's simplify yet again, since "The Voice" seems to be all about simplifying--it's stuff that they just added in because they felt like it. And they don't want anyone to be distracted by footnotes or whatnot--so it's right there in the text. Italics or no, which of us can really read through a passage and keep ourselves from integrating the material? It's very troubling.

    There's not much worth saying about the interpretive/devotional essays spattered through the book. They're pretty typical American, legalistic apply-it-to-me-and-how-I-feel and God-wants-you-to-work-at-this type fare. Utterly ignorable.

    For more educated critique of the word by word translation and theological agenda of this project, see Chris Rosebrough tackling their rendering of the Gospel of John 1 here and Romans 3 here.

    One half star for good paper, font and binding. Otherwise, none.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

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    The Voice of Psalms

    The Voice of Psalms
    I was really looking forward to reading this book. The timing was perfect; readings for Lent! I was all ready to go! Then I opened the book to discover that the print size is for long-sighted pirates with gigantic telescopes. I am squinting my way through it.
    On top of that I find that only a few Psalms have comments. Why pick and choose? Why not treat each with joyful interpretation? At first I thought that some of the minor less compelling Psalms must be the ones being ignored. Then I found Psalm 53, totally by-passed! Surely not!
    If I had glanced through this book at a store, I would have left it there.
    Content? Terrific.
    Translation? Good!
    Ability to read the teeny print? Most people? No, nadda and no way.
    A pity. This book will never reach its sales potential just because of that tiny teensy print.which eliminates 50% or more of readers.
    The Voice of Psalms

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    Best when read aloud. Inspirational, but not for a literal study.

    The Voice of Psalms is a beautifully written book of Psalms in The Voice translation. It aims to provide readers with an engaging translation that pays attention to the "spiritual, emotional, and artistic" goals of the text (viii). This is not a literal study Bible but is an artistic translation. It charged the writers with preserving the flow and storytelling nature of the text.

    From the moment you hold the book, you recognize it's not the Bible as you've known it. The Voice of Psalms looks and feels like a novel. Each page is colored to look like distressed parchment. It includes reading plans and short reflections or devotionals. The reflections are interspersed throughout the book, next to the Psalm they refer to, which I found very distracting. They split up too many of the Psalms on the pages and I felt like they detracted more than added to the reading experience.

    I was wary that The Voice would be a paraphrase, like The Message, and that it would lose the majesty and meaning of the Psalms. But I was pleasantly surprised. It took time to get used to the wording and I found some of the phrasing awkward ("Eternal One" and "True God" instead of simply "God" or "Lord"). But when I read the Psalms aloud I appreciated the way they sounded. I could hear the poetry and feel the emotions of the original authors. Mission accomplished! (Psalm 59:16 "But me? I will sing of Your strength. I will awake with the sun to sing of Your loving mercy because in my most troubled hour, You defended me. You were my shelter.")

    Many readers will take issue with the license the writers take with the text. Additional words or phrases were obviously added and theological interpretation is clearly made (see Psalm 51: "I was guilty from the day I was born, a sinner from the time my mother became pregnant with me"). It will not replace my NASB by any means, but overall, I found it a refreshing change.

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

    This makes a wonderful addition to your devotional material

    I love this book. It is a new translation of the Psalms. In that same way The Message made us think about old words in a new way, this literary project does the same thing.

    The Voice of Psalms holds onto the original perspective of the Psalms, but adds richness and depth. The foreword says this is a fresh expression of the timeless narrative.that involves translation and elaboration. it doesn't ignore the role of scholars but it also values the role of writers, poets, songwriters, and artists.

    To help the reader understand how the new rendering compares to the original manuscript, italic type indicates words not directly tied to a translation. These words may contain information meant to help the reader better understand the text without having to stop and read footnotes.

    Here, let me give you an example:

    *God's* blessings follow you and *await you at every turn* when you don't follow the advice of those who delight in the wicked schemes, When you avoid sin's highway, when judgment and sarcasm beckon you, but you refuse. For you the Eternal One's Word is your happiness. It is your focus - from dusk to dawn *And in the nights that separate the two - you are consumed with its message.* You are like a tree, planted by *flowing, cool* streams of water *that never run dry.* Your fruit ripens in its time; your leaves never fade or curl *in the summer sun.* No matter what you do, you prosper. For those who focus on sin, the story is different. They are like the fallen husk of wheat, tossed by an open wind,*left deserted and alone.* Psalm 1
    (since italics don't show up here, I put the italic words between asterisks)

    The Voice of Psalms also offers several reading plans: One for Lent, One for Worship and Praise, and One for Seeking Help. I'm reading the Seeking Help plan.

    The best part is that each psalm has a short commentary with questions to stimulate your interaction with what you have just read. I have made this book a regular part of my morning devotional time, and I highly recommend people buy this book.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Not Recommended

    The Voice of the Psalms is the latest installment of Thomas Nelson's new "translation" of Scripture, The Voice. This book contains the entire book of Psalms, seventy-five devotionals, and four reading plans for Psalms.

    I was excited to receive this book and perhaps dig into a refreshing perspective of the dearly loved book of Psalms. I was sorely disappointed. I found this translation to be so far from the original words that it even strayed into heresy. Yes, I enjoy newer translations of the Word of God, and I am far from a heralding a KJV only approach, but I believe The Voice has gone too far. The idea of this translation is interesting: it is not only written by theologians and scholars but as artists as well. I love meditating on the creative, artistic things that God has done, but not at the risk of marring Scripture.

    The back cover sums up my thoughts well. "{The Voice} draws on the theological diversity of its scholars and writers." I believe that in doing so, The Voice of the Psalms is a theological mess. Although I respect many of the writers who contributed to The Voice of the Psalms, I can't, in good conscience, recommend it. Save your $24.99 and pick up your Bible. You can find the book of Psalms right in the middle.

    This book was provided for my review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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