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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. In this thoroughly revised edition of a classic in spirituality, Walter Brueggemann guides the reader into a thoughtful and moving encounter with the Psalms. This new edition includes a revised text, new notes, and new bibliography. Being attentive to language means cultivating the candid imagination to bring our own experience to the Psalms and permitting it to be disciplined by the speech of the Psalms.

And, conversely, it means letting the Psalms address us and having that language reshape our sensitivities and fill our minds with new pictures and images that may redirect our lives" -from Chapter 3. Read more Read less. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Buy the selected items together This item: Praying the Psalms, Second Edition: Ships from and sold by Amazon. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. While a bit on the scholarly side, this is a helpful introduction to using the Psalms for prayer. Brueggemann is a scholar and he is also, clearly, a deep reader and pray-er of the Psalms.

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There is nothing theoretical here. He touches on real life before the real and true God. You may wonder why a book on the Psalms is even necessary.

How hard is it to read the Psalms? As a lifelong lover of the Psalms, I thought the same until I read this book. The Psalms challenge a form of Christianity that denies emotions, and calls people to tough it out and stop feeling sorry for themselves. The Psalms also challenge the tendency of Christians to deny that life is hard and suffering is real, and that faith is all that is necessary for a better life now.

He notes the realism of the Psalms, the use of structured prayer, the value of strong language, and how God made the Psalms to be a way of giving words to our emotions, temptations, and faith. I know of no better book for introducing a congregation to the Psalms than this one. He shows how these ancient prayers can lead us from the disorientation of our chaotic lives into a reorientation of transformation. His treatment of both the post-Holocaust Christian use of these very Jewish prayers and the troublesome call for vengeance is most timely. This book shows how the Psalms can indeed speak to us.

Brueggemann pushes me and other readers to recognize the full gamut of passions reflected in the Psalms: I am grateful to Brueggemann for making me more alert to what the Psalms are saying about our common human relation to God and more honest about my own feelings as I pray the Psalms every day as part of the Liturgy of the Hours. Here he takes us into their depths, which are so clearly the depths of our human existence. The piety of the Psalms is strong medicine. Brueggemann bids us take it for the cure of our souls. Paperback , Second Edition. Published May 1st by Cascade Books first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Praying the Psalms , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 25, Graham rated it really liked it. A small, but helpful collection of essays on the Psalms, and how Christians can make good use of the Book of Psalms in prayer. Brueggemann shows how the Psalms cover the full spectrum of human emotions and situations and offer them up to God. Thus the language of ancient Israelite ideology, and the expressions of hatred and desire for vengeance, though perhaps troubling, can give expression to the instincts we often wish to avoid expressing.

In seeing the raw, honest, humanity of ancient Israel A small, but helpful collection of essays on the Psalms, and how Christians can make good use of the Book of Psalms in prayer. In seeing the raw, honest, humanity of ancient Israel through their worship and prayers recorded in the Psalms, a robust, and diverse vision of human experience is given poetic language which embody the prayers of ancient Israel, and can fill out Christian practice as well. It should be noted that this isn't meant as an exegetical work.

It looks at the Psalms as a collection and notes the varieties and themes and the difficulties those themes can produce for modern readers. On the down side, I do think it's a tad scant, and could have been expanded considerably to cover more ground, and dig deeper into the examples he uses. At only 81 pages, there's certainly the option of having more content.

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But overall, it's a helpful resource for preachers and teachers who want to incorporate the Psalms into the spiritual practice of the church or their own personal practice. A somewhat coherent collection of essays by Brueggemann on the Psalms and particularly how they can be used as prayers in a Christian context. The five chapters of the book set forth the general theme: There's mu A somewhat coherent collection of essays by Brueggemann on the Psalms and particularly how they can be used as prayers in a Christian context.

There's much to appreciate and as much to doubt and question in this work. Brueggemann appreciates the Psalms for what they are and as they are and thus has an important exhortation to Christians to make sure they understand the Psalms both in their context and in their rawness. Christians must first grapple with a more concrete understanding of the Psalms before freely spiritualizing them.

He accurately contrasts the modern use of language in its rather sterile, just-the-facts-ma'am way of approaching speech with the more evocative and hyperbolic expression of the Psalms, and does well in illustrating how we would do well to broaden our horizons and allow the Psalms to speak through us and in us unto hope. He rebukes any movement to "domesticate" the Psalms, to accept only what is consistent with "bourgeoisie" equilibrium and otherwise leave out the moments of lament and all that is raw, visceral, and uncomfortable in the Psalms. Our faith should be challenged by the Psalms to be more robust, true to life as lived in this reality, and raw, as opposed to attempting to force the Psalms to fit our often nice, neat, domesticated faith.

His discussion of vengeance in the Psalms is compelling; he is probably right that the only way forward with the appeals for vengeance, etc. Yet there remains much that is questionable. He thinks it unwise to have a robust Christological emphasis in the Psalms as well as to proselytize among the Israelites, two premises quite impossible to reconcile with the theology of the New Testament. Much of what Brueggemann has to say has value, but it would not be wise to read him uncritically.

Nevertheless it is good to consider what he has to say about Psalms if one is engaged in any study of Psalms in any decent depth.


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Jan 06, Jason rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think the world needs more tension. Look, Brueggeman is brilliant. I've seen him speak. I've gotten to talk to him. I've been amazed at his insight his shrewdness and his ability to say things that are flat inflammatory with a smile and a nod and really push an audience past there need to argue with him and just to think about what he said and what they believe. So when I encountered that in "Praying the Psalms" I wasn't surprised. It's why I went to him for my study of the Psalms. But the thin I think the world needs more tension.

But the thing that stands out to me about this work is just how comfortable Brueggeman is in leaving his audience - and I assume he himself doing the same - in tension that exists within the Biblical text that simply cannot be explained away. And I love it that he explicitly says not to explain it away. The entire book is brilliant.

I just finished Wright's "A Case for the Psalms" and this book was entirely different - it's upper level framework stuff, things to build into your brain so that when you go to read the Psalms little nuggets can pop up when you read them and think, "oh yeah, that! I'll go read that chapter 3 more times this week and let it just sink in and begin to inform my thinking in a ton of areas. Own it and underline it and copy it and then do that every year. Feb 13, Ben Hughes rated it it was amazing.

Brueggemann helped me to read the psalms on their own terms and, while respecting their integrity as Hebrew literature, read them in a Christian way. A quick and edifying read.

Praying the Psalms: Engaging Scripture and the Life of the Spirit by Walter Brueggemann

May 15, Naomi rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this for a class, but I enjoyed it so much it wasn't a chore for me, so I've counted it toward the books I would like to read before I die. Not everything made sense to me. I was particularly confused in the sections about praying for, with, and as Jews. I did appreciate the fact that the author kept reminding the reader that God is the same throughout time.

I remember crying during the section entitled "Poetry Requiring Work. Metaphors allow humans to take liberties in our relations with God. I was also very thankful of the clarification that our experience does not allow us to be in equilibrium all the time, but that our passions are a part of being human. The strength we receive from the scripture allows us to give over our feelings and desires to God and let him take care of things we have no right or power to handle. All in all, this was a thought-provoking book, and it has indeed inspired in me a desire to become closer to God through scripture.

Whether or not I will follow up on this remains to be seen. Jun 01, Jeremy Manuel rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Psalms are one of the most emotional books of all the Bible. There are some who appreciate this and there are others who try to sterilize the emotions and passions of the Psalms because they don't seem to fit into our ideas of how to act "religiously".

Whichever category one falls in there can still sometimes be a disconnect between the emotion displayed in the Psalms and our own prayer and communication to God. Walter Brueggemann and his book Praying the Psalms is intended to address this d The Psalms are one of the most emotional books of all the Bible. Walter Brueggemann and his book Praying the Psalms is intended to address this disconnect and to help the reader wrestle with the emotions of the Psalms and understand their place in our own spiritual lives.

Now I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Before I get to what I really enjoyed about it, I should mention a few drawbacks that one could have about the book. The first is that this is a collection of essays that have been reworked into the form of a book. Honestly, if it wasn't said in the introduction I'm not sure I would have realized this. I've read other books that have done this and have not been quite as smooth of a read as this one. Another drawback I'll mention is Brueggemann's attempt to have Christians come to the text of the Psalms as Jews. I didn't have a problem with this, but it is a bit of an awkward statement and sentiment.

It is also this culture that Christianity comes out of and therefore the God of the Psalms is the God we worship today and we should be able to approach God in a similar way in the tension filled ways that the Psalms present rather than our hyper rational sterile way that Christians influenced by Greco-Roman ideas and ideals do. One last drawback is the inclusion of the book of Psalms at the end of the book.

I kind of get why they did it, but I don't think it really added much to the book as a whole, just made it look bigger than it actually was. Only about half the book is the actual essays written by Brueggemann, the other half is the book of Psalms. Again this isn't anything major, but I didn't really find it useful. Despite these drawbacks I found the rest of the book to be a good read. Brueggemann really dives into the emotional depths of the Psalms and invites us to come to the Psalms and pray with the Psalms with that same emotion.

To use the Psalms to address life as it really is and not as we so often try to pretend it is. The Psalms directly address this tumult and so should we. This tumult even includes the notion of vengeance that we so often see in the Psalms. This feeling is often something that we as moderns, believers or not, try to minimize and are uncomfortable when we see such notions in the Bible of all places. I really enjoyed Brueggeman's take on this, that vengeance is often a natural human emotion and reaction, but that the Psalms and prayers like them offer a chance for us to work through and not around our feelings of vengeance.

It doesn't mean that these feelings were acted on or are to be acted on, but that they need to be addressed and given over to God. I found this to be a useful way of thinking about this notion. Overall I enjoyed Brueggemann's book.

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It's not a long read, but I found it to be a very insightful read.