Friday, July 31, 2015

Book review: Speak, Lord

To begin with, I am now not a big fan of devotional books, especially those that have a mixture of anecdotal accounts with theological accounts. But the strength of this book by Vic Black is that there are a lot of interactive features that invite the readers to experience the Psalms themselves. It is a 'to-do' book vs a 'to-read' book. As the author says:
"I would encourage you to live in one psalm for a period of time. The objective is not speed. I would not encourage you to try to do one psalm a day. Take a slower approach and stay in a psalm for a week or two...."

Each chapter of this book is divided into a few sections:
1) The psalm itself and a commentary by the author
2) The re-writing of the psalm based on the author's personal experience
3) A reflection section by the author
4) The Practice section broken into Writing Prompts and Devotional Thoughts for you to consider. This is the part where the readers are given various hints, tips and prompts to interact with the psalms.

(Disclosure of Material Connection: I was given access for a limited time to this e-book free from Tyndale House Publishers  as part of their book review program called Tyndale Blog Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

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