I rediscovered Psalm 23 one day out on long run when I was just trying to keep my feet moving. I was running South on Clay Road, almost home but still some good miles ahead of me. I had long since finished my water and everything hurt. I'd sung all the verses of all the Bob Dylan songs I knew, when my mind jumped to Psalm 23 from my early church days. Except this time I considered each phrase—and tried out some different words here and there that belong to the world I live in. This Psalm moved into my day-to-day life where I've felt some inadequacy, insecurity, fear and pain. It's a prayer of great comfort, and a realistic prayer that accounts for the realities of life. Working through the prayer using other words not only helped me finish that run, but more importantly, it opened up this prayer (and other common prayers) to me in a whole new way. It was really wonderful. I want to share that process with you.
In this book is the iconic Psalm, along with my "other words," and an invitation for you to add your own. This book is for the faithful but also for anyone who is not connected—regular guys like me, going through life trying to get by. I did the illustrations myself. I'm no artist but the simple figures, sometimes conflicted, who are often missing parts, really speak to me. I can relate to them. After spending so much time with this prayer I have really come to see that it is really not just a prayer for funerals. It is a prayer for the daily struggle and as we know- the struggle is real.
So go to Amazon to pick up a copy for yourself or as a wonderful gift for someone you know. I'd love to come talk to your group about the Psalm or about my journey in faith in general. It's been a long strange trip for sure. So hit me up with an email to talk about Speaking or just to say Hi. I'd love to hear from you!
I grew up in Brooklyn on Park Place in the house my parents still live in. After I fell in love, I got married and moved to Pennsylvania where I live now. I'm a regular guy, nobody would call me religious or scholarly. I wrote this book because the prayer has brought me strength when I needed it and comfort when I wanted it. I'm an aspiring long distance runner and the busy father of two amazing girls.
I'd love to know what you think of the book and what some of YOUR "other words" are. I'd also love to hear your story. How'd you get here? Drop me an email or fill out the contact form to tell me YOUR STORY so I can share it on our Facebook page or just to let me know what you think of the book!
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