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Poetry As Prayer: The Psalms (The Poetry As Prayer Series) [Paperback]

By M. Basil Pennington (Author)
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Pages   134
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.48" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.43 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2002
Publisher   Pauline Books & Media
ISBN  0819859273  
EAN  9780819859273  

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Poetry As Prayer: The Psalms (The Poetry As Prayer Series) by M. Basil Pennington

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More About M. Basil Pennington

M. Basil Pennington M. BASIL PENNINGTON, O.C.S.O., became known internationally through his efforts to help the Church rediscover its contemplative dimension through the Centering Prayer movement. He has lectured widely and published over 50 books and nearly 1,000 articles in various languages. His most recent publications are "Lectio Divina: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures" and "Living in the Question." Father Basil is presently living in retirement at St. Joseph s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts."

M. Basil Pennington currently resides in Spencer, in the state of Massachusetts.

M. Basil Pennington has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Spiritual Journey
  2. Voice from the Monastery

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Exquisite   Mar 19, 2006
Fr. Basil does a superb job in marrying his own reflections with the psalms. As a monastic, Fr. Basil has chanted these psalms daily for most of his adult life and it shows in his masterful and unique interpertations. If you are looking for fundamentalist commentary you should look elsewhere. If you are thirsting for creative and experienced insights, this is the book for you.
Uninspiring & superficial  Apr 5, 2001
This book is not splendid. Dom Basil, in his Cistercian humility, has opted to use his own translations of the psalms: a pastiche of the Jerusalem Bible's Yahweh-blighted cadences and the New Revised Standard Version and perhaps other versions, with inaccuracies and cacophonies abounding. As for the prose of Fr Pennington's commentary, it goes to farcical lengths to avoid using a masculine pronoun to refer to the deity. But, no, gentle reader, there is nothing comic about this tome, and the Poetry as Prayer series seems to have fallen from a great height. (The other authors in the series would have doubtless produced a better book, using a familiar if not an immortal version of the Psalter.)

This is a day in which books about King David's songs include Patrick Henry Reardon's scholarly "Christ in the Psalms"; Thomas Merton's "Praying the Psalms" and "Bread in the Wilderness"; C S Lewis's unpedantic "Reflections on the Psalms"; and the vexingly hard-to-find "Runways to God" by the late Paschal Botz, OSB. Explorations in big city Catholic bookstores could turn up books on the Psalms by intellects as devout and luminous as Hubert van Zeller, another Benedictine. For the Daughters of St Paul to propose Dom Basil's book as a feasible addition to the wealth of literature about the Psalms is, to speak kindly, curious.

Granted, there are few books about the Psalms that equal the Psalms themselves, but this newest book in the Poetry as Prayer series is uninspiring, superficial, and gives the impression of having been hastily written.


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