Shelf Life Book Review: The Case for the Psalms

Ben Espinoza

The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential
HarperOne, 2013

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In this resource, N. T. Wright urges both believers and church communities to revive the practice of praying, singing, living and “breathing” psalms in everyday life. The psalms, he says, transform our lives by inviting us to contemplate God’s story and anticipate His redemption of the world through Christ. They should shape our identities, and Wright argues they should also serve as the church’s primary hymnal.

For Wright, the psalms can be an exercise in living in the “already, not yet” perspective of God’s redemptive plan. He says singing and praying the psalms can lead us to deep spiritual transformation and reassure us of God’s presence and love wherever we go. He believes this renewed mindset will equip us to be agents of redemption in the world. Wright weaves large passages of the Psalms throughout his text; in this way, the book reads like a running commentary. This resource is helpful for pastors or any Christian seeking a new perspective on the Psalms.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 6 No. 2