A Retreat with the Psalms
Resources for Personal and Communal Prayer
I have long searched for a book like this. A Retreat with the Psalms expands and deepens the natural attraction so many of us feel for the psalms. Combining their scholarship and pastoral experience, John Endres and Elizabeth Liebert chart a clear and comprehensive path through the psalms. . .the authors present their material so well that we feel moved to lay their book down and get on to actually praying the psalms. We want not only to ponder, say, or sing the psalms, but to dance and draw them as well. . .I highly recommend A Retreat with the Psalms to spiritual guides, pastors, retreat leaders, prayer groups and all those who want to integrate the psalms into their personal and communal prayer.
A Retreat with the Psalms challenges readers to drink deeply from the tradition of praying the Psalms. It has challenged me to re-think how I teach the Psalms course at my seminary and church. The book offers strategies other than purely linguistic including visual and kinesthetic. This book presents an invitation to enter the world of praying the Psalms. It is well designed, thoughtful, well organized and immanently practical."
John Endres, S.J., and Elizabeth Liebert, S.N.J.M., have given us a creative resource for our spiritual journey. We now have a psalm companion in their book that is spiritually practical and user-friendly. I highly recommend it as food for our journey.
This immensely useful volume contains a wealth of practical advice that makes the spiritual treasure of the Psalms readily accessible to both individuals and groups. Few books on the subject move so effortlessly and so successfully between modern critical scholarship, the long and varied tradition of the Pslams use, and creative contemporary approaches to these texts. The results is an ecumenically sensitive and theologically rich work that brings the complex human reality out of which one prays into a fruitful conversation with the God who is both the ultimate source and hearer of that prayer.