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Dr. Schaap publishes meditation on the Psalms

November 9, 2010

The book of Psalms contains some of the world’s most beloved prose and poetry.

These thoughts and words of King David are also a source of inspiration for James Calvin Schaap, whose latest book of meditations, Honest to God, draws upon the Psalms to speak to experiences we each have in our own lives.

Both with this new release, as well as with Sixty at Sixty, an earlier devotional book, Schaap said he drew upon a methodology he learned from Abraham Kuyper, the famous 19th century Dutch statesman and theologian, in his compilation Near Unto God. I read the Psalm and let it work on me,” says Schaap. After dwelling on the Psalmist’s words in terms of his own life, Schaap’s emerging meditation attempts to express the nature of the truth “that the Psalm itself sings into our souls.”

Schaap compares the process to a jazz medley, which begins as a specific chord and then is personalized by the spontaneity and vitality of a musician in ways that may not originally have been intended.

The book was designed as a daily faith exercise and leaves space for readers to respond by journaling or drawing.

“It’s my hope that readers of Honest to God will reflect on the Psalms, consider the truths as they relate to their own human experience, and revel in the wonderful music created by the poetry their own lives have written,” said Schaap.

Honest to God is published by Faith Alive Christian Resources and is available at the Dordt College Bookstore and at True Vine in Sioux Center.

James Calvin Schaap is the author of 22 books and countless short stories. His work has received awards from Christianity Today, the Evangelical Press Association, the Associated Church Press, Best Christian Writing, the Christy Award, and many others.

A professor of English at Dordt College, he earned his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; a master’s degree at Arizona State University; and a bachelor’s degree at Dordt College.

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