Wisdom from the Psalms

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The Psalms make up the most popular, most universally loved and used book in the Bible, which is the most widely read book in the world.  They are hymns, songs, poems, and prayers—at once formal and informal, liturgical and spontaneous, communal and individual. As a result, they have many layers of meaning.

In this work, Peter Kreeft focuses on a dozen of the best-known psalms, including Psalms 23 and 51. He leads the reader through his personal explorations of this deep ocean of divinely inspired spiritual water, pulling up treasures for the soul along the way.

"What prayers did Jesus and his disciples pray? The Psalms! As all Jews have always done ever since they had them. The Psalms are God's answer to our plea, 'Teach us to pray.' Christ prayed them not only in the synagogue but throughout His life, and at his death."

— Peter Kreeft, from the Introduction

Peter Kreeft

Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, is one of the most respectedChristian authors of our time. His many bestselling books cover a vast array of topics in spirituality, theology, and philosophy. They include How to Be Holy, Practical Theology, Back to Virtue, Because God Is Real, You Can Understand the Bible, Angels and Demons, Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing, and A Summa of the Summa.

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by Charlie Schmidt
on 9/5/2020
from CULVER CITY
Songs of joy praising the glory of God
In Wisdom from the Psalms, Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft goes through the Old Testament Book of Psalms and provides insights and background into those religious songs.  He succeeds admirably in providing a clear, concise summary of some of psalms. 
Peter Kreeft points out that God is not subject to time; He subjects time to Himself.  Since God creates and sustains time in existence, then time is the rate at which God moves change forward in the universe.  That’s an insightful and novel definition of time.  Saint Augustine, who struggled trying to understand what time is, would likely be pleased with that definition of time.
The analysis of Psalm 51 points out that Thomas Aquinas said that the greatest act of charity that we can do for others is to lead them to the truth.  That’s true, and Peter Kreeft has done exactly that by publishing this wise, good-hearted book.
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"Peter Kreeft is the foremost living apologist for God's existence, and his work in this area has earned him a place with Newman and Pascal. He has been around a long time and yet can still write books that exude a young man's vigor and joy. Not only that, he can still ride a surfboard better than most of us could in our teens. But I have come to herald him, not to praise him or bury him. So I urge you to move now from promise to fulfillment, and admire the perennially youthful and always fresh craft of Kreeft."
— Scott Hahn, from the Foreword

"Peter Kreeft is our generation's C.S. Lewis, as he has demonstrated yet again with Wisdom from the Psalms. These wise, winsome, and lyrical commentaries will enthrall Christian students of Scripture—Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox alike—with their rich insights and luminous lessons."
— Patrick Madrid, Host, The Patrick Madrid Show on Relevant Radio

"What an inexpressible joy not only to  read but also to experience (and be charitably chastised by) this wise Midrash from one of the greatest of today's Christian writers. This fine reflection on the Psalms is indeed an outpouring from the reservoir of Kreeft's lifelong walk with Christ."
— Marcus Grodi, EWTN Host, The Journey Home;  Author, Life from Our Land

"At the turn of the millennium I read a book by Peter Kreeft called Prayer for Beginners, and it was exactly what I needed. How wonderful that, decades later, my master is back to take me to another level."
— Mike Aquilina, Author, A Joyful Noise: Praying the Psalms with the Early Church 

"Peter Kreeft has written a wonderful, wise book, clearly the fruit of his own deep spirituality and his love for prayer. Prayer demands no special talent nor training in techniques nor even so much time, but above all a very human heart capable of believing, loving, and suffering. God's immense desire is that we learn to love prayer; it is really an easy lesson if we plunge into the beauty of the ancient Psalms, these prayers that Jesus himself prayed and his saints loved."
— Fr. Donald Haggerty, Author, Contemplative Enigmas and Contemplative Hunger

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