Earth Psalms Review

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Earth Psalms  

Reflections on how God speaks through nature

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I have long been a fan of Francine Rivers. She has written some of the most moving and inspiring novels and I’m not alone in my admiration of her work. She is an author of numerous awards. Well-deserved.

Earth Psalms isn’t a novel. It’s a beautiful book for devotional reading. Every one of us is no doubt reminded by nature of the power and creativity of our Creator. This book is Mrs. River’s act of  worship, I think. Published by TBN, who kindly gave me a complimentary copy of this book in order to give an unbiased review.

There are lovely photos- I mean absolutely gorgeous. For fellow nature lovers like myself, It’s a treat to turn to each of the 52 sections and see what’s next. I believe the book is set up for one a week, to last the year. Section 21 is entitled Following The Good Shepherd: Sheep, for instance. It starts out with small portion of scripture noted from John 10:27-28 and the narrative by Francine Rivers covers a few pages where text is only half the page and vivid photos of sheep the rest. Interspersed are inspiring quotes and hymns. The portion ends with something to reflect on, questions. Then an idea to apply what you have read, and then a prayer, entitled: Connect With God. It ends with another verse and a short paragraph of information about a domestic goat pictured at the bottom.
For agriculture crazy girls like me, who also love nature in general and scripture, this is the perfect book for devotions.
Here are a few examples of other pages:
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The book is co-written with Karin Stock Buursma who helped with the hymns, quotes, reflections, and applications for connecting with God. I love that Mrs. Rivers, after all her acclaim in the literary world, is still humble enough to have someone work on this project with her. They compliment each other, obviously, because this book is well done.
I keep mine on the coffee table, where I might pick it up in the middle of a hectic day, or a friend visiting might see it and spend a little time in it.
In such crazy busy times, it’s healthy for our bodies, minds, and souls to slow down. Do some deep contemplating, and meditating on the glories of God as reflected in His creation. I’m a believer in slow food, earthing, and living according to seasons and cycles, so this book helps me to appreciate my surroundings more. Living on a ranch bursting with life can be busy, being reminded to sit and take it all in is welcomed.
For those living in cities and suburbs, I would think this book would be especially rich.
In a crazy fast world, this book helps me get quiet, grounded, serene and sane. I am sure you would also enjoy it.
Check out Mrs. River’s website for more details, as well as take a peek into what else she has written. (as if you didn’t know!)
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Biography

“New York Times” best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote “Redeeming Love” as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books and then rereleased by Multnomah Publishers in the mid-1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set during the time of the California Gold Rush, is now considered by many to be a classic work of Christian fiction. Redeeming Love continues to be one of the CBA’s top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade. Since “Redeeming Love,” Francine has published numerous novels with Christian themes—all best sellers—and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. Francine’s novels have been translated into over 20 different languages, and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Francine and her husband, Rick, live in northern California and enjoy time spent with their three grown children and taking every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren. Francine uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and she desires that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.
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