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

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

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

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.


 on May 9, 2017
By Kindle Customer
This is a must read on the subject of the Psalms and theodicy. The Psalms provide movement for us and the author values (alongside the Psalms) the times of suffering within this the artful process of life.

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.

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.

Five Stars

 on November 10, 2017
By Amazon Customer
everything exactly like I expected

Honest speech

 on December 19, 2016
Honest and allows the text of the Psalms to speak for itself. A clear challenge to be candid, rather than proper, in our speech to God.

Accessible, Academic, Insightful

 on July 1, 2013
By EternalSecondChances
Walter Brueggeman, of course, is a top-notch scholar. I’m impressed how he compacted so much information in so few pages! His “Spirituality of the Psalms” is accessible, academic and insightul–with three basic points I’m sure to remember…and why? Brueggeman writes like a good preacher talks, “…telling us what he’ll tell us, telling us, then telling us what he told us.” Got that? Buy it!

Five Stars

 on August 21, 2017
By Jeff
Just what I expected

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