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DiscipleMom LauraTXAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Learn to Appreciate the Beauty of the PsalmsJune 13, 2014DiscipleMom LauraTXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Selah: Studying God's Songbook by Betty Henderson is not just another devotional book. Rather, it's a thought-provoking Bible study that requires readers to dig into the Psalms, to examine them closely, and to apply them to life. Unlike so many Bible studies on store shelves today, Selah is not superficial, and it doesn't rely much on the author's opinions and interpretations. Instead, Selah requires critical thinking as readers interact with God's Word.
Selah looks at select Psalms, and it includes chapters on: Songs for Waking and Sleeping; Declare His Glory!; How Great is God's Goodness; A Servant's Song; and Guidelines for Godliness. Each chapter ends with a Selah or pause, and Henderson includes some bullet points she hopes readers will take the time to contemplate. She also includes a hymn at the end of each chapter, keeping with the theme of the Psalms as "God's Songbook."
The book helps readers grasp the beauty and poetry of the Psalms while recognizing and responding to foundational biblical truths. I find the questions in Selah to be challenging and varied. Henderson asks some questions that are obviously answered in the biblical text. Other questions require some digging, while still others require critical evaluation of the text and the reader's own life.
The cover is attractive and hints at the peace and rest that come from studying and meditating on the Psalms. The inside layout is clean and offers plenty of space for answers and notes throughout. To me the only read disappointment with Selah: Studying God's Songbook is that it's based on the King James Version of the Bible. While I realize that BJU Press is committed to the KJV, I think they would widen their buying audience by being more inclusive when it comes to Bible translations. I personally believe that newer translations like the ESV or even the NASB, which are based on even older manuscripts that the KJV, are both more reliable and more readable. Some of the questions in the study could have been worded a bit better to be more inclusive of other translations. As it is, there are answers that will only come from the KJV because words are translated differently in other versions.
Bible version aside, I would recommend this book to any woman curious about the Psalms. Additionally, Selah would be great for an individual study or a small group study. It would even be a great resource for family or homeschool Bible studies. All in all, Selah is biblically sound, and it requires personal prayer and study. Readers who take the time to truly dig in to God's Word under Henderson's gentle guidance, will find their minds renewed and lives transformed through the power of Scripture.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Betty Henderson is a women's Bible study leader and frequent speaker at women's retreats. She and her husband, Joe, are active in the ministry of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Henderson is the author of Divine Service, Grace for Every Trial, and A Woman of Prayer, women's Bible studies available from JourneyForth.
*I received a copy of the book from NetGalley for this honest review; however, the opinions expressed are my own.
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