(Review) Sing A New Song: A Woman’s Guide To The Psalms by Lydia Brownback

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Publisher and Publication Date: Crossway. October 31, 2017.
Genre: Christian Nonfiction.
Pages: 352.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: Very good.

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An interview from Bible Gateway: Lydia Brownback.

Lydia Brownback explains her book as a “launching off” to study the Psalms in a deeper level.
Sing A New Song can be used in a personal or group study.
The book is organized just as the Bible organizes Psalms: The Psalters, Books 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; and all 150 Psalms are given their own two page chapter.
Each chapter explains: “Theme,” “Harmony,” “Singing In Tune,” “Musical Notes,” God’s Attributes,” and “Sing The Song.”
The three last chapters are how to study the Psalms as a group, growing closer to God, and “different ways to classify Psalms.”

I used Sing A New Song as apart of my daily devotional time.
I began reading through this book last December.
The brief two page study on each Psalm is not exhaustive. It is as Brownback states, “a launching off.” However, if a person is a new Christian they may not understand how to “launch off.” This is why the Appendix section is helpful.
At the least, Sing A New Song, familiarizes the reader with Psalms.

One of my favorites:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.”
Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalm 46:1-11 ESV

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