The Psalms make up the most popular, most universally loved and used book in the Bible, which is the most widely read book in the world. They are hymns, songs, poems, and prayers—at once formal and informal, liturgical and spontaneous, communal and individual. As a result, they have many layers of meaning.
In this work, Peter J. Kreeft focuses on a dozen of the best-known psalms, including Psalms 23 and 51. He leads the reader through his personal explorations of this deep ocean of divinely inspired spiritual water, pulling up treasures for the soul along the way.
"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 the synagogue but throughout His life, and at his death."
Paperback, 243 pages.
Peter Kreeft is the foremost living apologist for God's existence, and his work in this area has earned him a place with Newman and Pascal. He has been around a long time and yet can still write books that exude a young man's vigor and joy. Not only that, he can still ride a surfboard better than most of us could in our teens. But I have come to herald him, not to praise him or bury him. So I urge you to move now from promise to fulfillment, and admire the perennially youthful and always fresh craft of Kreeft."
— Scott Hahn, from the Foreword
"Peter Kreeft is our generation's C.S. Lewis, as he has demonstrated yet again with Wisdom from the Psalms. These wise, winsome, and lyrical commentaries will enthrall Christian students of Scripture—Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox alike—with their rich insights and luminous lessons."
— Patrick Madrid, Host, The Patrick Madrid Show on Relevant Radio
"What an inexpressible joy not only to read but also to experience (and be charitably chastised by) this wise Midrash from one of the greatest of today's Christian writers. This fine reflection on the Psalms is indeed an outpouring from the reservoir of Kreeft's lifelong walk with Christ."
— Marcus Grodi, EWTN Host, The Journey Home; Author, Life from Our Land
"At the turn of the millennium I read a book by Peter Kreeft called Prayer for Beginners, and it was exactly what I needed. How wonderful that, decades later, my master is back to take me to another level."
— Mike Aquilina, Author, A Joyful Noise: Praying the Psalms with the Early Church
"Peter Kreeft has written a wonderful, wise book, clearly the fruit of his own deep spirituality and his love for prayer. Prayer demands no special talent nor training in techniques nor even so much time, but above all a very human heart capable of believing, loving, and suffering. God's immense desire is that we learn to love prayer; it is really an easy lesson if we plunge into the beauty of the ancient Psalms, these prayers that Jesus himself prayed and his saints loved."
— Fr. Donald Haggerty, Author, Contemplative Enigmas and Contemplative Hunger