DEREK TIDBALL’s book Signposts is subtitled “A devotional map of the Psalms”. This is because he sees his book as a guide to help readers find their way through the Psalms, and to find points of interest and connections between them, and with everyday life. Each psalm is given a page; so it is all in manageable chunks; and after every five psalms there is a page devoted to background themes, such as “lament”, “the Temple”, “justice”, or “the Psalms and Revelation” (Inter-Varsity Press, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-84474-373-5).
The Psalms are said in many churches week after week, but are not adequately understood by those who say them, argue Roger Van Harn and Brent Strawn. So, to help those who lead worship and provide teaching during services, they have edited a collection of exegetical essays by a number of writers, which deal with psalms and some of the canticles. The result is Psalms for Worship and Preaching: A lectionary commentary (Eerdmans, £23.99 (£21.60); 978-0-8028-6321-8).
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