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Tim Riordan’s Songs from the Heart (Meeting with God in the Psalms) is an awesome study for the Bible student in your life.
I enjoy reading the Psalms, but never with the same passion as some of my friends. Then one line in Riordan’s book made me understand what I’d been missing. Riordan said, “while many books [of the Bible] speak about God, the Psalms speak to God.” Now, the idea of praying Psalms and using them in my personal worship time, makes more sense.
After a sweet fictional story about how Jews might have used the Psalms in everyday life, Riordan shared interesting history about the authorship and poetic structure of the Psalms. Then he went into application, taking 33 specific Psalms and sharing how they might enrich our relationship with God. Several well thought out questions at the end of each chapter encourage further meditation and application.
Riordan’s writing style is just the right balance of scholar and approachable friend, making the book easy to read, yet weighty enough to satisfy the Bible student in us. I will definitely read the Psalms with renewed enthusiasm, looking for ways they might help me speak to God when my own words seem inadequate and looking for new insights into deepening my worship.