In 2018 I reflected with the psalms for six months, whilst recovering from major surgery. Nothing could have prepared me for how my convalescence would change me. It's impossible to pray the Book of Psalms from start to finish without being significantly impacted by the experience. I mined their depths and unearthed their treasures. And I revisited the whole of my life along the way. I worked through incredible heartache and immense joy, through deep angst and profound gratitude, and through every possible emotion in between. This new book is the result.
The psalms have taught me their lessons. I have discovered that some of the most helpful and healing prayers happen when we’re real with God. Far from being 'unholy', emotions like anger, bitterness, depression and fear can carry us onto holy ground once we express them to God with full force. And the psalms have taught me much about clinging and singing. I have learnt the value of clinging to God with tenacious trust through whatever life throws at me. And as I have pondered, with the psalm writers, on the miracles of history and the wonders of creation, worship and praise has come alive in me.
It will be in the bookshops from October 17th, priced £12.99.