Monday, March 30, 2009

THE GIFT OF PSALMS

The Gift of Psalms - Devotional Wisdom from 50 of the Best Loved Psalms is a wonderful collection of Biblical poetry and applicable wisdom. Each devotional contains a psalm and accompanying explanation by Lori Jones. Jones also concludes each section with a heart-felt prayer.

Also included are three CDs with 30 of the psalms and devotionals narrated by famous actors, including the voices of Gary Sinise, Richard Dreyfuss, Jason Alexander, and Sean Astin.

This devotional set is designed as a simple daily devotional that aims to help the reader discover new insight into these beloved Psalms. Although it will not take the place of a deep quiet time, it does provide spiritual truth.

Especially for Christians who have read many of these Psalms time and time again, a different perspective can provide a breath of fresh air. Also, hearing the Word instead of reading the familiar passages can emphasize truth often overlooked. The CDs offer commuters the ability to spend time in the Word during travel and families a devotional to listen to after dinner.

Although there are numerous audio Bibles and collections available, The Gift of Psalms offers a nice collection for those who are looking for greater insight into how David’s poetry is applicable today.

Monday, March 23, 2009

HAVAH by Tosca Lee

The SUMMARY: This is the story of Eve--Havah in Hebrew--like you've never imagined before. From the opening of her eyes, to the joy and oneness in the Garden, to the first sin and exile, to life in the wilderness, to populating the earth, Tosca Lee breaths life into this well-worn story.

THE MESSAGE: There is more to the story of Adam and Eve than I ever thought. The days before there were words for grief, regret, sorrow, safe, and unsafe. The days of living in a land created by His passionate hand, a land of beauty and oneness. The days of suddenly being unable to discern Adam's thoughts, unable to stop obeying the flesh, experience vile emotions never born before, a feeling of being ruined in body, mind and spirit. And ultimately, knowing that the Lord is still near, still loves, and one day will bring his children back to Eden.

THE PRESENTATION: Tosca Lee presents a wonderful tale that made me long for Eden, almost hurt to be in God's presence as before the Fall. It's made me rethink my ideas of Heaven, and I can only explain it as a longing for a closeness with God. However, sometimes Tosca's writing is vague and difficult to follow, but she paints beautiful pictures and can giftedly capture emotion.

THE QUOTE: "The One was always with me, murmuring through the trees and whispering atop the grasses. I saw his face in the majestic Mount, heard his sighs rumbling from the heavens--saw his thumbprint in the tinest mustard seed."

3.5 out of 5