Phil Moore’s Straight to the Heart of the Psalms feels like the Cliff Notes for the Psalms with a spiritual punch. Moore provides 60 bite-sized devotional insights that covers all 150 psalms.
What I found unique in his approach was how he showed why all 150 psalms are laid out the way they are. My temptation in reading the psalms is to treat them as individual chapters with no connection to what came before or after. Moore shares why they are laid out the way they are. He left me appreciating the strength of this interconnection and a greater love for the message of God they share.
Though each bite-sized chapter is only 4-5 pages long, Moore packs insight, scholarship, and down to earth illustrations and an incredible source of quotes that illuminates the message of the psalms he covers. His overview of the psalms is not merely a peak from 30,000 feet but for everyday living.
The result is a greater appreciation of the unity and message of the psalms that goes straight to the heart. Instead of a dull commentary, Moore brings the message of the psalms alive in our day. When I finished reading I not only had a greater appreciation of the psalms, I felt I had been equipped by Phil for a greater worship and appreciation of God.
I give Straight to the Heart of the Psalms 5 out of 5 stars. Phil Moore provides a great tool for pastors, teachers and students of God’s Word. He takes complex ideas and puts them in every day language. He not only teaches the psalms, he communicates the message of the psalms that can be lived out in every day life. I look forward to other Straight to the Heart looks at books in the Bible.
My thanks to Kregel publishing for a free copy to review. I didn’t have to give a positive review just an honest one.