Short, pastoral, biblical
This is a short book designed for those who are undergoing suffering, and has ten chapters that take you on a healing journey through the Psalms. It has much in its favour: it’s short and readable, though there’s plenty of biblical study packed in; the author is sympathetic to those experiencing complex emotions during hard times and does well at making you feel understood; it gives you a great introduction to a wide range of psalms.
Simon Stocks is a seminary/theological college lecturer and ordained Church of England priest, and it’s written with a pastor’s heart, who clearly knows from personal experience what it is to wrestle with God. His doctorate was on the theology of lament, and the sections which advocate complaining and expressing anger to God in times of suffering made me want to cheer.
At times I felt there were too many Psalms per chapter to really focus on, and in a couple of chapters I felt a little rushed to be emerging through the healing journey, but overall this was an excellent read, and very approachable. Highly recommended for any Bible-lover going through hard times and feeling stuck in their relationship with God.
*I received a free review copy in exchange for my honest review, which this is*