Learning to Pray Through the Psalms  -     By: James W. Sire
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Learning to Pray Through the Psalms

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In Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, James Sire teaches you to take your appreciation of the Psalms a step further. He chooses ten specific psalms to study, giving background information that allows you to read with deeper insight. He also lays out a step-by-step approach to using each psalm as a guide for personal prayer. Each chapter includes a group study and guide for community prayer.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 220
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830833323
ISBN-13: 9780830833320
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Weariness. Wonder. Joy. Longing. Anger. These are the feelings of the Psalms: honest expressions of pain and joy penned by real people in the midst of real life circumstances. Though they were written centuries ago, the Psalms still resonate deeply with us today, giving voice to our thoughts and longings: "Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD." (Psalm 130:1) "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1) "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God." (Psalm 84:2) In Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, James W. Sire teaches us to take our appreciation for this rich book of Scripture a step further. Choosing ten specific psalms, Sire offers background information that helps us read each one with deeper insight and then lays out a meditative, step-by-step approach to using the psalmists' words as a guide for our own personal conversation with God. A group study is also included in each chapter, along with a guide for praying through the psalm in community. The Lord loves when his people pray. And his Word is a powerful tool for framing honest, intimate prayers. Sire's innovative approach will enrich our minds and our souls as we read more perceptively and pray with all of our emotions.

Author Bio

James W. Sire (PhD, University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy, theology, and short courses at many universities and seminaries. He continues to be a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and Europe. His InterVarsity Press books and Bible studies include (a worldviews textbook), and

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"The Country of the Psalms--its soaring mountains, cascading streams, wildflower meadows of prayers--compels exploration. Jim Sire's wide-ranging intelligence, fused with his attentive spirit, makes him a welcome guide through this country, opening our eyes and ears--our hearts!--to these prayers that teach us to pray." --Eugene H. Peterson, author of A Long Obedience in the Same Direction and translator of The Message

"At times intimate, at times pastoral, but always focused, Sire here creates a solid study of the Psalter for use in Christian devotion, be it private or corporate." --Phyllis Tickle, author of The Divine Hours

Author Info

James W. Sire (Ph.D., University of Missouri), formerly editor at Intervarsity Press, is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities in the United States and Europe. He has written many books and Bible studies, including The Universe Next Door, Naming the Elephant, Habits of the Mind and Jesus the Reason.

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"The country of the Psalms—its soaring mountains, cascading streams, wildflower meadows of prayers—compels exploration. Jim Sire's wide-ranging intelligence, fused with his attentive spirit, makes him a welcome guide through this country, opening our eyes and ears—our hearts!—to these prayers that teach us to pray."
"At times intimate, at times pastoral, but always focused, Sire here creates a solid study of the Psalter for use in Christian devotion, be it private or corporate."

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  1. Christian Book Previews.com
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    Learning to Pray Through the Psalms is a book for people who are ready to listen to God. The author, James Sire, introduces his book with the thought that the Psalms are Gods answering speech to each of us in all facets of our lives. With the hope that we will use the design presented to read further in the Psalms, the author takes an in depth look at eleven psalms. Each chapter follows the same outline: read, read, and then read again the psalm; look at the meaning of words and emotional structure; consider the context; make the psalm yours by fitting it to your own prayer needs; praying it in community; hints for the leader of a group; and adaptations for small group study. A useful study in its entirety, this book is also a good one for dipping into for its gems of wisdom, for instance: The anchor of hope is indeed beyond the horizons of hope, (43) Pray with the full arsenal of our emotions open to God, (105) Let God be the one to judge as he sees fit. (162) A former editor of InterVarsity Press, author of many Bible studies, and a Christian lecturer, James Sire brings years of research, study, and practical experience to this book. He has learned to appreciate the Psalms in their totality and wants his readers to have the same exciting experience. Adaptable for use with many ages from older elementary through adult, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms will find a niche in many home, church, and Christian school libraries. Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com
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