Review: Earth Psalms

        `Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks Through Nature` is an anthropology written by author Francine Rivers. It is written from the point of view that God speaks through nature to humans. I agree with this point of view. There will be no excuse when we see Jesus face-to-face, nature itself reveals the glory of God (see Romans 1:20). The title, `Earth Psalms`, suggests the reading of Psalms that reflects earth.

        Francine Rivers is a "New York Times" best-selling author. However, she did not have an encounter with Jesus until later in life. She wrote `Redeeming Love` as her statement of faith.

        The table of contents reveals that the book is topically written with dazzling photographs on almost every page. This book reads like a devotional with scripture excerpts, applications, and prayers. The author's style is formal and suitable for older teens and adults. The concepts are well defined and easy to understand. Some of the areas covered are prayer, our protective Father, the Good News, and God's creation.

        The binding on this hardback book looks like it is well designed to last a long time under proper care. It is well worth the money you pay for the book.

        I like this quote found in the introduction, "The prophets warned of how God could stop the rain and bring climate change.

        The author encourages the reader to look at the world God created and search for the subtle messages that will expand the reader's love for Him and desire for a closer relationship with Him.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

Q & A with Francine Rivers
Author of Earth Psalms

1.    What motivated you to venture into your first nonfiction title?

I love reading nonfiction but had never tackled it. When I shared with someone in South Africa about doing “earth psalms” about the way God speaks to me through His creation, someone mentioned turning those essays into a devotional. I love devotionals and read a new one every year, so the prospect of writing one was exciting. Tyndale partnered me with Karin Stock Buursma and we worked together as a team. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the project.

2.    Explain the title. How did you come up with the idea of Earth Psalms?

A psalm is a song, and the earth and everything on it, in it, above it, and beyond it is God’s creation. Everything God created sings praise to Him, and I believe also teaches us many lessons about our Creator as well. It’s exciting to look at things we might have taken for granted and see what they teach us about the Lord. We are never to worship any created thing or even creation itself. We are to worship the Creator, Jesus Christ, the Word that created it all.

3.    What will readers find inside the pages of Earth Psalms?

Readers will find an earth psalm (essay) about something God has created and a lesson God has taught me through it. There are questions for readers to ponder or use for journaling: Reflect, Apply, Connect with God. There are also some additional facts, Scripture, and hymns, as well as beautiful pictures. The earth psalm essay was my part. The enriching questions and details are Karin’s, and the beautiful artwork was put together by Jennifer Ghionzoli at Tyndale.

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