Item description for Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness by Nan C. Merrill...
Overview Every commentary on the Book of Psalms has had to face the issue that many of these prayers celebrate wrath and vengeance. Merrill has re-examined the Psalms and transformed them into a work of piety and art. Taking each psalm in turn, she brings a vivid brilliance to some of the world's greatest prayers.
Publishers Description Every commentary on the Book of Psalms has had to face the issue that many of these prayers commemorate and celebrate wrath and vengeance. What is needed is not ingenious exegetical rationalization of ancient texts, but the kind of transformation into a work of piety and art that is provided here.Addressed are the needs of a world seeking to counter individual and societal injustices by a global peace born of personal peace through prayer and practice. In short, here is the Book of Psalms recast in the light of the continuing revelation and evolution of the authentic religious spirit of the scriptures.
Citations And Professional Reviews Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness by Nan C. Merrill has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 03/01/2007 page 64
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Format: Deluxe Edition
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.7" Width: 5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2006
Publisher Continuum International Publishing Group
Edition Tenth Anniversa
ISBN 0826419062 ISBN13 9780826419064
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More About Nan C. Merrill
Nan C. Merrill is the author of Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness, which has sold 50,000 copies and is in a tenth-anniversary edition. Her widely used Meditations and Mandalas: Simple Songs for the Spiritual Life is also published by Continuum. Merrill founded the monthly newsletter Friends of Silence, served with urban parish teams, facilitated retreats, and was engaged in prison ministry for more than thirty years. She passed away in January 2010.
Nan C. Merrill currently resides in Jericho, in the state of Vermont.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness?
Spiritually uplifting May 3, 2008
This rather loose translation of the psalms makes for a beautiful expression if you are looking for something moving, musical and prayerful. Give it a try if the Psalms are part of your spirituality and also if you don't mind venturing from the usual translations we've been used to for years.
Psalms for sunny days Jan 23, 2008
Psalms for sunny days, for New-age Buddhists. Wipe out those that hate me" phrases in the traditional translations of the Psalms. Get with it. Be happy.
Another this site reviewer wrote, "Since I bought this book, its beautiful, inclusive language and non-sexist image-names for God ....its interpretation of "enemies" as my own fears....." I am glad she found help in this book during a terrible time in her life.
But when the worst happens - and it has and will again - I need the hard edge psalms to know that a human poet, writing thousands of years ago experienced the same pain, fear, and rage that I do yet came through it.
A pleasant enough devotional - but not the whole story.
very pleased Jan 13, 2008
The book was shipped to me very quickly, and was in beautiful, like new condition.
A little misleading. Jan 7, 2008
This book is just the Psalms of the Bible. I thought it might give you a little more than that based on how much people loved it. Don't be misled. It is just a book of the Psalms. Which are still awesome...
My constant companion Jan 7, 2008
I was told of this rewording of the Psalms when I expressed distress about the violent "Slay my enemies", Wipe out those that hate me" phrases in the traditional translations of the Psalms. Since I bought this book nine years ago its beautiful, inclusive language and non-sexist image-names for God, it interpretation of "enemies" as our own fears, it's focus on "going into the silence" has brought me through a year of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer, has provided just-right quotes for classes in spiritual formation that I lead, and has drawn me into the Psalms as no other translation or rewording has done. I've bought probably 100 paperback copies that I have given away.