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Recommended Reading on the Psalms

Want to read more about the psalms? Check out these titles the Brothers recommend.

Read more about how to pray with the psalms:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible

Walter Brueggemann, Praying the Psalms: Engaging Scripture and the Life of the Spirit

C. S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms

Thomas Merton, Praying the Psalms 

James Sire, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms and Praying the Psalms of Jesus

Try praying with a different version of the psalms:

The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary, Robert Alter (W.W. Norton, 2007)

The Complete Psalms: The Book of Prayer Songs in a New Translation, Translated by Pamela Greenberg (Bloomsbury, 2010)

Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness, Nan C. Merrill (Continuum, 2000)

Psalter for the Christian People: An Inclusive-Language Revision of the Psalter of The Book of Common Prayer 1979, Edited by Gordon Lathrop and Gail Ramshaw (Liturgical Press, 1993)

Go deeper into the psalms:

If you’ve never read much of the book of Psalms and don’t know where to begin, you might want to start with these psalms, which one of the Brothers selected as among his favorites: Psalms 19, 24, 27, 42, 46, 62, 67, 71, 84, 85, 98, 100 (“the first psalm I ever memorized at age nine”), 148, and 150.


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