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Ain't It A Wonderful Life, Dr. Keller?
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2019
In the acknowledgements, it is suggested that the authors frantically spent 15 hours a day completing this book. It shows. Another year might have helped. Heaven forbid that Tim Keller should miss a publication deadline, especially before Christmas.
Despite the attractiveness of the Psalms being broken down for 365 days, this book is a disappointment. Admittedly there are gems of insight, maybe once a week, otherwise this reader feels shortchanged.
It is sloppy and shallow. There is little insight into the imprecatory (vindictive, raging) Psalms (without which the book would be a walk in the park) and what insights are offered seem glib and convenient -- not experienced, lived in and suffered as one finds for example in the work of Henri Nouwen.
The closing prayers are pretty thin as well. Not surprising if you've ever heard TK's prayers following his sermons, in which he summarizes his sermon to God, go figure.
Then, on November 24, Tim drops a bomb on his faithful reader, quoting that dirty old chestnut hack preachers have dragged out for centuries to bully worshippers who are not church members: "The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion".
There's actually a lot of solitary religion in the Psalms, but Tim knows nothing about it, as he apparently knows nothing of the many solitary readers who have bought his books over the years and supported his curated lifestyle in NYC.