Thursday, September 23, 2010

LifeChange Series: A life-changing encounter with God’s Word from the book of Psalms

Psalms, from the NavPress’s LifeChange Series, helps readers better understand prayer by looking at how Biblical figures prayed. This 10-week Bible study tool is designed to be used in groups, but individuals can also benefit from it. Rather than go through the Book of Psalms in order, LifeChange categorizes psalms according to their theme. Each of the ten lessons contains scriptures, discussion questions, optional application activities, further study activities, and historical information.

This LifeChange title will not give readers an in-depth or exhaustively understanding of the Psalms, but it is thought provoking. Some of the discussion questions are overly simple. One question asks, for example, “Why is waiting on God often challenging to our patience?” Other questions are somewhat odd for discussion groups. The lesson on planning and prayer asks readers to use their family history to determine how many years they have left to live.

However, the number of stimulating activities greatly outnumbers the less than perfect ones. Some of my favorites include discussing why natural disasters are called “acts of God” but natural wonders are not. I also enjoyed the “blame percentage activity” that helps to solve grievances between people. One of my favorite features of this Bible study is the historical facts and literary analysis included with each lesson. One of which explains how the “tsinnah” and maghen” shields are metaphors for God’s protective power. While this book will not give readers a complete and extensive study of the Book of Psalms, it will lead to thoughtful reflection and discussion.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. 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 Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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