Shalom in Psalms: A Devotional from the Jewish Heart of the Christian FaithJeffrey Seif, Glenn Blank, Paul WilburBaker Books / 2017 / Trade Paperback$3.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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sweetpeaBloomingdale GAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Shalom in PsalmsJune 14, 2018sweetpeaBloomingdale GAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent! It is wonderful to have scripture from the Jewish foundation of our faith.
thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5We Can Find PeaceMarch 4, 2017thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0What a peaceful delight this devotional has been! I am taking my time absorbing every sweet from this excellent book! As a student of Jewish and Biblical studies, I love the very idea of this book, but more, its actual contents. I'm a very picky reader and have found that many devotionals are rarely exactly what they promote. But the title of this one brings out what it sets to do, finding shalom in the Psalms. I cannot say enough how much it has helped me to come home from a stressful day at work and be blessed with the peaceful words of our Lord. This book goes through all 150 Psalms, explaining Jewish root words that bring out the full meanings of the Psalms. I also love that they use the Tree of Life Version of the Bible, which I have had the opportunity to study on occasions. The authors make a great team, a scholar, a Rabbi, and a worship leader, all serious about the Jewish translation of the Word. I am excited to continue reading this gift and sharing it with others! God bless this work! 100 stars!
I received a copy of this book from Baker in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Terry5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful, purposeful, and uniqueFebruary 20, 2017TerryQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Shalom in Psalms is truly an excellent book. I had been previously unaware of the Tree of Life Bible translation. In essence, it is a Messianic Jewish translation of the modern Bible, the Old Covenant portion of which is an English rendering of the Hebrew Bible. (Significantly more can be said of the Tree of Life translation than I am able to explain in this review.) This being said, Shalom in Psalms is the Tree of Life translation of the book of Psalms, coupled with what is coined "devotional" commentary, but what I would consider to be a commentary that is part devotional and part Bible study.
The authors have created a beautiful reprint of this version of the Psalms, with a useful and attractive presentation that is very versatile. It can be used as a daily devotional, a reference book, or for general reading. It is the author's hope that this presentation of the Psalms will help the reader to find shalom again through their presentation in this book. I believe they have accomplished their goal.
Clay5 Stars Out Of 5A devotional well worth reading and rereadingFebruary 8, 2017ClayQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Some books can be read from beginning to end as they follow a plot line. Others can be used as a reference, picked up and read for a specific purpose or topic. Shalom in Psalms could be read either way, but is best used as a devotional reading tool. Ive started reading it with my daily walk through Scripture and have found it to be helpful, challenging, and enlightening. I will take my time reading and savoring this encouraging book.
From the back cover, This devotional and the Tree of Life Version of the Bible flow from the heart of todays Messianic Jewish movement to offer the Jewish essence of the Psalms in a way that promises shalom for the modern heart and soul. However, in the introduction, Shalom in Psalms is called a commentary. It is probably more correctly a devotional commentary. In my reading so far, it has heavily favored the devotional.
Each Psalm is taken from the Tree of Life Version which uses the Hebrew names for God and in places, familiar Hebrew words. Following each Psalm is a short devotional commentary by either one or two of the authors. The style is varied, but does not detract from an understanding of the point or points being made.
I will continue to take my time reading this book and use it throughout this year as I read the Psalms.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Encouraging devotional. Highly recommend it.December 15, 2016Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Shalom in Psalms" is a devotional that works through the Psalms. Each devotional started with one of the psalms in the Tree of Life Version followed by commentary by one (or more) of the three authors. They focused on what the psalm was saying and how we can relate to it even now. Hebrew words or phrases that don't translate well into English were further explained to help readers understand the psalm. Also, as the authors are Messianic Jews, they point out how the Messiah is seen in the psalms and give a Jewish viewpoint on some repeated themes in the psalms.
I liked these devotions and felt encouraged by them. After reading a bunch of Christian books that imply that good Christians are joyful and evangelistic at all times, it was nice to read a devotional acknowledging that circumstances can get us distressed, depressed, or angry. But the psalms also point back to God as our Savior even when we wonder why He's "hiding His face" or taking so long. Overall, I'd highly recommend this devotional.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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