"God be merciful to us & bless us, & cause His face to shine upon us.
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad & sing for joy!"
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"In The Presence of My Enemies" by Dale Ralph Davis. A Review
do you give someone to help them through seasons when they are smeared and
railed against? Where do you point those who are fretting over the suffocating
rise of evildoers in their life? The book of Psalms is a good start! And Dale
Ralph Davis, one-time Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological
Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi, and pastor of several Presbyterian congregations
throughout the years, has added another installment to his series on the biblical
Psalter. In this newly published 224-page paperback “In the Presence of My
Enemies: Psalm 25-37” Davis has amassed a short, scholarly, insightful and
engrossing volume that aids readers to interact with these Psalms. The author
joins hands with the sacred songwriter in beckoning us to employ our grittiest
grief, formidable fears, principle praises and staunchest certainties as we
pour out our hearts into the bosom of God. Older teens, twenty-somethings, tricenarians
and beyond will find this a very approachable volume.
of the Psalms is printed out and placed before the chapter that covers it. The
translation is Davis’s own, based on his extensive knowledge of Hebrew. They
are not faddish ditties, but serious attempts at being faithful to both the
mother-tongue and English-receivers. But the real beauty comes out in the
author’s explanations of the respective Psalm. Here, not only does the writer
take on studious details, but he draws out the importance for those lumbering
through life under the heavy hand of tormentors.
especially those who feel the crushing grind of jackbooted thuggery who will
find hope in hopeless situations as they pour over these pages. For example, when
Davis unpacks Psalm 28, he reminds the brokenhearted of the importance of
prayer, and that sometimes “believers must pray prayers that have hair on their
chests” (71). Or earlier, while he tackles Psalm 26, he shows why David desires
Yahweh to judge him, because enemies “or pseudo-friends may critique, berate, or
condemn him, but David appeals beyond them to Yahweh for a true verdict (and
probably one that would be unmistakably clear to onlookers).” Then a few lines
later he boldly announces, “Jesus’ assessment will be far more accurate than men’s
and, quite likely, much kinder” (30-1)! That will surely lift the spirit of one
being falsely slandered and lied about!
the Presence of My Enemies” is a handy codex, and a hearty collection. This
work is ideal for preachers and parishioners in their studies, but even more, in
their devotions. And if you are trudging arduously before the oppressive
presence of evil and darkness, you will find this book a true friend. You will
be re-fortified as you wait “for Yahweh, and in the meantime as the wicked are running
around loose remember that Yahweh is your ‘safe place in time of trouble’ (212).
I highly recommend the volume!
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Nabeel Qureshi has woven together a very personal and personable volume written to give "an insider's perspective into a Muslim heart," as well as equip readers "with facts and knowledge, showing the strength of the case for the gospel contrasted with the case for Islam," while chronicling his own inner struggles, sacrifices and doubts when grappling with the Christian faith. The style of writing is autobi…
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So cantillates Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, mother, wife, writer, musician and abuse survivor, in her new 240 page hardback "Not Forsaken: A Story of Life After Abuse". This volume is the tale of her terrors and troubles at the hands of an abusive father, and it is far, far more. It is truly a story of life after abuse, abundant life found only in the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. An easy to read book, it is ideally suited for those who have been traumatized and those who long to help the trampled! "I am not my abuser. I have a choice. I aspire to heal and grow by God's grace" (82).
It's a memoir, a series of journal entries telling a very human set of stories in a very friendly, personable way. It's not fully polished, but it's real, sometimes raw, and always forthright and frank! Holly Rench, Executive Director and co-founder of The Welcome Mission, has penned a touching series of real-life exploits, escapades, agonies and adversities of the women she has been involved with for over twelve years in this 231 page softback "At Home: The Incredible Story of The Welcome Mission".
Rench unravels the tangled lives of several of her and Marcus's "adopted" adult children describing their destructive pasts and how many of them, through love and hospitality, have moved further up and further on. But the tales are also filled with pitfalls and potholes that will jar the reader's suspension system's and rattle any self-righteous lug-nuts s…