This study book consists of twenty-four chapters, focusing on twenty-five psalms, with each one highlighting a different theme. The author is a Pastor and theologian who has preached on all one hundred and fifty psalms, twice over, in the last twenty years. This book clearly reveals his lifelong love of the psalms.
In the introduction he discusses what has brought him back to the psalms again and again. There are five points, that they invite us to understand ourselves; they can increase our boldness in prayer; they voice our grief and help process suffering; they are a poetic expression of faith and teach us to grow in community. These thoughts underlie the book.
The chapters all follow a similar format, with the author’s introduction to the theme, followed by a systematic exposition and commentary on the psalm. The final point links back to the theme title and then there are three to four questions for personal reflection or discussion. The chapter concludes with examples, guidance, and prompts in how to pray through the psalm. This is the application, and the focal point of each study, that the psalms deepen our relationship with God. In the author’s own words: “Being convinced God loves you is perhaps the greatest key to finding peace, hope and joy in him.”
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How this book affected me:
I appreciated the author’s honesty in sharing his own struggles and the personal stories that he included for relevance. The commentary refers to and quotes extensively other historical theologians, Wesley, Spurgeon, Calvin, and Luther to name a few, and more recent figures such as Bonhoeffer, H.A.Ironside, and C.S.Lewis. The quotations added weight to the message, but were not always necessary, as the author’s words had a validity of their own.
Who would enjoy this book:
Soul Anatomy is a study book, almost a series of mini sermons, with extensive knowledge, insight, and a love for exposition of the psalms. It would appeal to the bible teacher, or student, looking to do a thorough study, with the belief that the application of God’s word is essential. The book shares a clear love for God’s word that it is indeed our life, and health, providing food for our souls.
Meet the Author, George Robertson:
George Robertson, PhD, is the senior pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN, and a council member for The Gospel Coalition. He previously served as a lecturer and adjunct professor at Covenant Theological Seminary. Robertson has devoted much attention to the study and application of the Psalms throughout his career, preaching from them over 150 times and contributing the notes for Psalms 1-100 in the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible. The book relays both the depths of his personal experience with depression and anxiety as well as daily pastoral care over the past 25 years.
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