Restore My Soul: the Power and Purpose of 30 Psalms
Laura L. Smith
Our Daily Bread Publishing
Published July 5, 2022
About Restore My Soul
The book of Psalms is full of wonderful passages that illuminate the intimate connection we get to have with our Father. Despite the chaos of our busy lives, the Father is frequently whispering to our souls to spend time with Him. Dive into the power of the Psalms and be inspired to praise God as you read RESTORE MY SOUL: THE POWER AND PROMISE OF 30 PSALMS.
In each chapter, a Psalm is accompanied by personal stories that help to illustrate and explore the verses and what they mean in our day to day lives. Practical instruction, insightful questions and journal prompts accompany each chapter.
If you’ve followed my blog for a long time, Laura L. Smith‘s name probably looks familiar to you. I’ve reviewed some of her teen novels. Last year I also reviewed her book HOW SWEET THE SOUND, a book which focuses on thirty hymns and God’s promises and comfort in them. This book might be considered something of a companion to that one. I loved HOW SWEET THE SOUND, and I definitely felt like I connected with a lot of the ideas in the book. So when I had the opportunity to read and review this book, I jumped at it.
I feel like one of the amazing strengths in this book is that it both lifts up spiritual ideas and gets pretty real about how hard life is and how heartbreaking it can be. I found myself nodding along with lots of the examples and questions the author asks or relates that she asked herself as she reads these Psalms, watches the news, or faces tough moments in her day.
Which, honestly, is why I love her books. They’ve all been like that for me!
Each of these thirty chapters contains some pretty real examples of hardship. But each one also encourages and reminds us of the truths in Christian faith. The chapters end with a brief section titled “Restore” which asks a couple questions or provides a journal prompt so readers can further soak in the ideas from the chapter.
I love how community-aware the book is, too. The author talks about her strategy for consuming the news– balancing the importance of staying informed with our mental health and stress relief needs. I loved that bit of practical, step-by-step advice. I also love that she lives a life connected to her community, which is something I’m not great at, but want to do better.
Just like her book on powerful hymns, RESTORE MY SOUL found me at the perfect moment. I’m super glad I read it, and I already want to give copies to a couple people in my life who I think would love this book.
Recommended for Ages 12 up.
The author shares stories about her Christian faith and (white middle-class) family.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
References to the author’s marriage.
The book focuses on thirty Psalms from the Bible, what key verses mean, and how to apply them to life in a way that deepens faith, hope, and peace.
Reference to a car accident, possible home intruder, and attendance at a social justice protest.
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