Reflections on the Psalms

Reflections on the Psalms

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"We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation."

The Psalms were written as songs; we should read them as poetry, in the spirit of lyric, not as sermons or instructions. But they are also shrouded in mystery, and in this careful reading from one of our most trusted fellow travelers, C.S. Lewis helps us begin to reveal their meaning in our daily lives and in the world. Reflecting again and anew on these beloved passages, we can find both joy and difficulty, but also, always, real enlightenment and moments of transcendent grace.

"This book may not tell the reader all he would like to know about the Psalms, but it will tell him a good deal he will not like to know about himself." -- Times Literary Supplement

"[Lewis] . . . displays in this volume the same keen insight and gifted tongue that have made him one of the most highly respected essayists using the English language." -- Chicago Sunday Tribune

"Full of illuminating observations." -- New York Times
Publisher: London [England] : Fount, 1998.
Copyright Date: ©1958
ISBN: 9780156762489
015676248X
9780006280927
0006280927
Branch Call Number: 223.206 LEW
Characteristics: 134 pages ;,20 cm

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unbalancedbutfair Jun 04, 2012

I benefited from reading this book. This is about a Christian interpretation of the psalms but also about interpretation of scripture as well. As I write this I am unsure where I stand with regards to religion and scriptures, I've moved away from what I believed as a child and teenager. I no longer "know" the "truth". The issues with canon have given me real pause. If you feel similarly, I strongly encourage you to read this book. Not because it has the "truth" but because it is one of the most complete and adult ways of viewing scripture that I have seen. Lewis does not shy from the hard questions and does not offer the naive edited view of the psalms that I've often seen. The book flows...perfectly. The chapters are short, but full of meaning. I read about a chapter a day over my morning coffee and consider it the best book I've read in some time.

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