Review: Praying the Psalms by Rick Stedman

About this Book

Praying the Psalms Will Draw You Closer to God
…and to the People in Your Life

Your emotions are powerful. They can enrich your life and strengthen your relationships—especially with God. The writers of the Psalms knew this and were honest with God about whatever they were experiencing—love, anger, worship, loneliness, fear—and many other emotions. As they did this, they found joy in spite of struggles and turned their laments into praise. Above all, they drew closer to God.

Praying the Psalms will help you to do the same by giving you words to reflect the deepest cries of your soul. You’ll discover that God delights in hearing your most honest prayers and uses them as the starting point for transformation. Learning to emotionally connect with God in greater intimacy will also lead to relational breakthroughs with others.

As you read and apply this book, you will

  • learn to pray the Psalms in an enjoyable and effective manner
  • discover how the wisdom of the Psalms relates to insights from pioneers in emotional intelligence, emotionally focused therapy, and emotionally healthy spirituality
  • form a more intimate attachment to God than you’ve ever experienced before

If you desire to grow closer to God and others, praying the Psalms is a great place to start. You might even grow to understand yourself better in the process.


About the Author

DR RICK STEDMAN is a collector of classic-rock vinyl LPs, bookaholic, author, philosopher, pastor, and devoted husband and father. He founded and for two decades led Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, California.
He has graduate degrees in theology, philosophy, and ministry, and for relaxation likes to tinker in his garage, read, listen to music, and hang out with his wife and best friend, Amy. (source: http://www.rickstedman.com/rick-stedmans-bio/)

 

 

 

 

 

My Review

I had high hopes for this book. Although I found certain aspects of it interesting it wasn’t what I expected. The author spent a lot of time talking about emotional intelligence and how looking and praying the Psalms feeds into emotional intelligence. I appreciated his emphasis on God as an emotional God. And how David and other authors of the Psalms expressed strong and varied emotions.

The author spent a lot of time sharing his own personal stories. Generally, personal stories add to a story and in many cases they did. However, I found them somewhat distracting from what I thought the point of the book was, praying the Psalms.

If you are looking for a book that puts the Psalms into prayers you might want to pass on this one. If you are looking for a book that dives into the emotions expressed in the Psalms and emotional intelligence, then this book is a great one to read.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, via Netgalley.com, but I was not required to leave a review.  The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

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