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One of the world's most trust Bible scholars, N.T. Wright, in The Case for the Psalms turns his attention to the Hebrew book of prayers.

The book of Psalms, the book of prayers Jesus and Paul knew best, have served as the central hymnbook for the church since its inception--until today. As such, Wright calls us to return to the Psalms as a steady, vital component of healthy Christian living.

Reading, studying, and praying the Psalms is God's means for teaching us what it means to be human:
  • how to express our emotions and yearning
  • how to reconcile anger and compassion
  • how to see our story in God's sweeping narrative
Wright provides the tools for understanding and incorporating these crucial verses into our own lives. His conclusion is simple: all Christians need to read, pray, sing, and live the Psalms.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0062230514
ISBN-13: 9780062230515

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Author Bio

N. T. Wright, one of the world’s leading Bible scholars, is the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, an Anglican bishop, and bestselling author. Featured on ABC News, The Colbert Report, Dateline, and Fresh Air, Wright is the award-winning author of Simply Good News, Simply Jesus, Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, How God Became King, Scripture and the Authority of God, Surprised by Scripture, and The Case for the Psalms, as well as the recent translation of the New Testament The Kingdom New Testament and the much heralded series Christian Origins and the Question of God.

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“A characteristic blend of learning, personal insight and spiritual perception. This book will be of enormous help to Christians who want to know how to make fuller use of one of the greatest scriptural resources for prayer.”
“Prayer is an act of rebellion. In this incisive and fresh look at the Book of the Psalms, N. T. Wright invites us to enter an alternative worldview that the Psalms embody. Let this book lead you to the Psalms—but beware, it’s the wardrobe door into a new world order.”
“In The Case for the Psalms, Tom Wright invites readers to enter the biblical world of praise and prayer and be transformed by it. With characteristic clarity, vividness, and depth, Wright’s book will not only encourage you to read the Psalms, but to live them.”
“N. T. Wright urges both believers and church communities to revive the practice of praying, singing, living and ‘breathing’ psalms in everyday life…Helpful for pastors or any Christian seeking a new perspective on the Psalms.”
“All our greatest treasures have a way of getting lost--then rediscovered. I can think of few greater treasures than the great songbook of the songs. I can think of no one better suited to explaining why and how they are to be treasured than N. T. Wright.”
“Wright… knows the Bible about as well as he knows his name, and on this go plumbs the Psalms. The author’s reflections are pastoral, urging the reader to understand and then pray and sing the Psalms.”
“Wright finds both personal and ecclesiastical possibilities in the Psalms . . . mining poems for their meaning, seeking context, and searching for resonances in other locations . . . both informed and affecting.”
“[N.T. Wright] writes a context for what he quotes that is almost as graceful, if not as stunningly beautiful, as the Psalms themselves.”

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    Bishop Wright revitalizes the Protestant take on the Psalms, giving them their due place in song, prayer and worship emphases.
  2. Graham Cudlipp
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    This review was written for The Case for the Psalms.
    NT Wright is a brilliant scholar and prolific author.

    I will listen to the Sunday psalm with more reverence and understanding after reading this book.

    Shalom,

    Graham.
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    This review was written for The Case for the Psalms.
    Probably the most enlighting book on the Psalms I have ever read. Whole new prospective on the Psalms. Made me want to go back and reread the Psalms after reading this book.
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