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The Word of Promise The Gift of Psalms
January 18, 2009, 3:04 am
Filed under: Non-Fiction Review, Thomas Nelson Reviews

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The Word of Promise The Gift of Psalms, NKJV

Experience beloved Scripture passages as read by the world’s finest talents!

The Psalms, more than any other book in all of Scripture, give voice to the human experience of God. The Gift of Psalms book beautifully presents excerpts from 50 of the best-loved Psalms with stirring devotions to inspire you and connect you more deeply with God.

Three CDs include 30 spoken Psalms from The Word of Promise™ Old Testament Audio Bible, enhanced by a fully orchestrated music score and devotional content, read by the world’s finest talent, including: Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Sean Astin, Richard Dreyfuss, Harry Hamlin, Marcia Gay Harden, Stacy Keach, Jesse McCartney, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Sinise, and Michael York.

  • Songs from world-class vocalists
  • Psalms set to music and sung
  • Excerpts from The Word of Promise™ Old Testament
  • Musical score by Italian composer Stefano Mainetti

 

~My Review

I created this blog primarily as a site to review books for Thomas Nelson Publishers. They have a great new program for bloggers who love to read. If you agree to read and review a book they’ll send it to you at no cost.

The first book I received to review is The Word of Promise: The Gift of Psalms.

This is a beautifully designed book of devotions. It comes complete with 3 cds which includes 30 Psalms with related devotionals read aloud to a wonderful soundtrack. The narrators include some famous faces: Marcia Gay Harden, Sean Astin, Jason Alexander and more. I love that Samwise Gamgee (Astin) of LOTR fame contributes his voice to this book! Gary Sinise (C.S.I. Miami and NY), who reads a majority of the biblical text, lends a new voice to the reading not heard in the original Word of Promise installment. However, a few of these narrators seem out of place reading the Bible, since many have had not-so-positive roles in movies and on T.V.
The audio portion of this collection would be perfect listening for relaxation or in the car while commuting to and from activities.

Even if you already own the bible on cd, the additional devotional material is reason enough to add this one to your collection as well.
Unfortunately, only 30 Psalms and their accompanying devotions are on the cds (out of the 50 highlighted in the book) which makes reading the description confusing. Sometimes only a few verses of a Psalm are included in the text, while the audio contains the whole Psalm.

I wish all 150 chapters could have been included, but that would have made for a very large volume!

Even with these few drawbacks, this a book I know I will be sharing with my family and friends!

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