Every commentary on the Book of Psalms has had to face the issue that many of these prayers commemorate and celebrate wrath and vengeance. What is needed is not ingenious exegetical rationalization of ancient texts, but the kind of transformation into a work of piety and art that is provided here.
Addressed are the needs of a world seeking to counter individual and societal injustices by a global peace born of personal peace through prayer and practice. In short, here is the Book of Psalms recast in the light of the continuing revelation and evolution of the authentic religious spirit of the scriptures.
Every commentary on the Book of Psalms has had to face the issue that many of these prayers celebrate wrath and vengeance. Merrill has re-examined the Psalms and transformed them into a work of piety and art. Taking each psalm in turn, she brings a vivid brilliance to some of the world's greatest prayers.
Nan C. Merrill is the author of Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness which is in a tenth-anniversary edition. Her work Meditations and Mandalas: Simple Songs for the Spiritual Life is used widely. Merrill has recently published the gift book Peace Planet, which she co-authored with Barbara Taylor. Merrill founded the monthly newsletter Friends of Silence, has served with urban parish teams, facilitated retreats, and been engaged in prison ministry for more than thirty years. She lives in Jericho, Vermont, and Hannibal, Missouri.
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