Spirituality of the Psalms (Facets)

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Capturing the depth of the Psalms
The seasons of our lives change. Using a model of orientation—disorientation—new orientation, Brueggemann explores how the genres of the Psalms can be viewed in terms of their function. This results in fresh readings of these ancient songs that illumine their spiritual depth. The voices of the Psalms come through in all their bold realism.

Product Details

  • Series: Facets
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press; abridged edition edition (November 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800634500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800634506
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.2 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces

Customer Reviews

Brueggemann Shines Again

48 people found this helpful.
 on May 5, 2002
By Fred W Hood
Barbara and I both avidly admire The Psalms and Dr. Brueggemann. Our greatest expectation for the summer is to hear him preach and teach at the Presbyterian Conference on Music and Worship at Montreat. I am deeply indebted to him for his keenly inspired commentary on GENESIS. For two quarters of Preaching Genesis, I have tuned-into his studies in depth to prepare several sermons and hear young students at MERCER/McAFEE School of Theology preach their sermons inspired by Brueggemann.

a tiny gem

17 people found this helpful.
 on January 17, 2007
By Daniel B. Clendenin
This little book, which is an abridged version of Brueggemann’s longer volume The Message of the Psalms (1984), explains why the “strange literature” of the Psalms has had such an abiding influence on Christians down through the centuries. In particular, Brueggemann shows how and why the “psalms of negativity,” largely neglected by believers because they sound so harsh and are thus embarrassing, remain so relevant to the personal, pastoral, and public dimensions of Christian life today. He does not treat all the Psalms, or even most of them, but instead offers a threefold scheme to understand the theological trajectory of these powerful poems–psalms of orientation, psalms of disorientation, and psalms of new orientation.

A Hunger for God Minus Love for Neighbor Is an Oxymoron.

4 people found this helpful.
 on February 3, 2015
By Peter Dubbelman
Published by Facets, this book deserves a quick review.

Very useful for understanding the Psalms: Readable and telling…

8 people found this helpful.
 on January 4, 2007
By Peter Menkin
In both private and public prayer, in reading for pleasure the Psalms as they are published in “The Book of Common Prayer” and in both my King James Bible, and NSRV, I have sought meaning and understanding. In an effort to gain that end, I turn to intelligent commentaries for help. “Spirituality of the Psalms” by Walter Brueggemann is such a book, and it is a readable, slim one from Fortress Press–a mere 74 pages as I note from my copy.

Great Book to Navigate Disorientating Seasons of Life

 on June 27, 2016
By Brent E Tallman
This book is one of my favorites. A friend loaned me his copy when I was going through a difficult time of what Bruggemann would call “disorientation.” After just a few pages, I knew I had to buy a copy for myself. However, first I’m going to loan it to a friend who could use the comfort discussed in this book. Comfort of God’s “relentless solidarity” during days of darkness and disorientation.

That was useful. I will re-scan my underlinings as I review …

 on December 9, 2016
By Ed D.
The main value I got from the book was classifying psalms into three divisions according to content and character. That was useful. I will re-scan my underlinings as I review it. It is well written, understandable and worth reading.

The Educatinal and Spiritual insights of Spsirituality of the Psalms

 on May 22, 2014
By Kay
I read “Spirituality of the Psalms” in anticipation of a three day Episcopalian gathering in Los Angeles. I wished to have Dr. Walter Brugeggemann’s insights to the Book of Psalms in the Bible prior to meeting him. His life focus has been in his studies of the Old Testament. I knew there would be a richness in his understanding of the Psalms and so there was. As a hospital chaplain I often read portions of the Psalms to my patients and then encouraged them to continue to do so as they sought peace for their despair and and strength in their time of pain and illness.

and lament is better than complaint

 on October 28, 2015
By David E. Engle
In the profoundness of a scholar, with the wisdom to keep it simple for the first time I realized the composition of the Psalms into three sections of purposeful meaning that expanded my spirituality and explained the sections into prayer and meditation processes for maturity, tenderness, and lament is better than complaint. Good primer before “Praying the Psalms”

Simple, thought provoking read.

 on February 11, 2014
This was required in a list of junior level “Hebrew Writings” texts. It turned out to be one of the most fascinatingly simply works I’ve read to date on Psalms. I’m a Biblical Studies major & pastor of a small (120-150) evangelical church, and recommended this to all my peeps. The simplicity of Brueggemann’s presentation does not subtract any value from the weight of what he presents. Brueggemann has tied the Psalms together to reflect our human condition and God’s goodness, sovereignty and might. A perfect read for all levels.

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