• Wisdom from the Psalms

  • By: Peter Kreeft
  • Narrated by: Mark Shea
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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The Psalms are the most popular, most universally loved and used book in the Bible, which in turn is the most popular book in the world. They are hymns, songs, poems, and prayers, both formal (liturgical and communal) and informal (spontaneous, personal, and individual); and this gives them many layers of meaning rather than one, unlike theologies and creeds.

The Psalms are literally inexhaustible, so a new book of reflections on them is always welcome. Especially a book by the beloved, widely read, best-selling author and philosopher, Peter Kreeft.

In this work, Kreeft shares his personal explorations into the riches of the Psalms, his profound expeditions into this deep ocean of the divinely inspired spiritual water. He focuses on the dozen or so Psalms that are most people's favorites, including Kreeft.

Kreeft says that the Psalms are powerful prayers, and a spiritual weapon that God himself has given us for our great task of spiritual warfare, which is human life on earth.

"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 synagogue but throughout His life, and at his death. He prayed Psalm 22, 'My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?' even as He was dying on the Cross." (Peter Kreeft, from the Introduction)

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Love the Psalms

I think Mark Shea did an excellent job of narrating the book. However, because I'm familiar with Mark Shea's voice and that he is an author, sometimes I would forget that he wasn't the author of this book. One thing I think would have improved the narration is to read the entire psalm at the beginning of each chapter. Even though in every chapter each psalm is read a few verses at a time, reading the entire psalm would have been helpful in understanding the context of the reflection. For this reason, I suggest reading each Psalm prior to listening to the chapter.

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Just excellent.

Kreeft is a great author, proves it again here. The narrator captures the tone and tenor very very well. Enjoy it!