The God That I Know

Psalms for the Modern World

Poetry - Inspirational
132 Pages
Reviewed on 10/20/2019
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The God That I Know: Psalms for the Modern World by John Rogers is an inspirational book written in the form and pattern of psalms. In fact, this author deserves the title of a psalmist. In the introduction to these contemporary psalms, the author shares the story of how the inspiration to write them came to him. While driving his son to college one day, he had an enjoyable conversation with Jason that eventually led to the question of God and evil. While Jason is very intelligent, articulate, and thoughtful, he also asks questions that puzzle many people: Why does God allow suffering and evil? In these psalms, the author creates his own unique relationship with God, giving readers tools to connect with God, to find their own language of praise and worship, and to shift their perception towards a God who genuinely cares about them.

The book is composed of seventy-five psalms of varying lengths, each of them capturing a unique thought, experience, inspiration, and prayer. From the very first psalm, the author invites the reader to have a new consciousness. He invites them to find God in the mundanity of everyday experience. The collection of psalms will have a strong appeal to readers with different tastes. Poetry fans will find wonderful lines and imagery to revel in; spiritually inclined people will find material for meditation and prayer, and those who love evocative writing will find delight in the depths of the author’s thoughts. The God That I Know: Psalms for the Modern World is a book that opens a path for readers to rediscover the God who dwells among them. Featuring themes of praise, worship, gratitude, mercy, reconciliation, and many more, this book is the next best thing I have read in poetry after the psalms of David.

K.C. Finn

The God That I Know: Psalms for the Modern World is a work of religious consideration and inspirational messages told through the medium of poetic psalms, and was penned by author John Rogers. The collection is set up with the premise of a questioning son, who sees all the carnage and darkness in the world and asks his father why God would allow such things to happen. The psalm collection forms the father’s response to his child, explaining God’s plan, mercy and forgiveness, and providing hope for the future to those who are questioning their faith and need reminders of the good things in the world.

The immediate impact of this thoughtful collection is in its sense of hope and positivity, which radiates from every page to give comfort to its readers. Author John Rogers sets up his subject matter sensitively, with a collection of 75 modern-day psalms which retell specific sections from the Bible, but also form modern contexts and draw parallels with important questions of faith in modern life. The formatting is excellent, with images and selected quotes to support and enrich the psalms that Rogers has created for his book. The organization of the work means that the psalms progress in a logical order towards more complex themes, but also towards more poignant messages of faith, hope, and trust in God. Overall, The God That I Know: Psalms for the Modern World is sure to be a favorite among the devout, and a valuable resource for those seeking to strengthen their faith.

Christian Sia

The God That I Know: Psalms for the Modern World by John Rogers is a highly inspirational book that features Christian poetry and prayers, written in the style of the psalms, writing that offers a great medium for a personal relationship with God to grow and develop into deeper levels of intimacy. Inspired by the author's conversation about God with his son while driving him once to college, this book comes across as a powerful testament that God is there with us, in the low moments as well as the hight moments of life.

This book helps readers give voice to their experience of God and gives them the words they need for prayer, praise, and meditation. Featuring a collection of 75 psalms, the book covers a variety of themes, including the question of evil, divine love, God's inscrutable ways, God's presence and grace in human life, gratitude, reconciliation, compassion, and a lot more. Even for non-Christians, The God That I Know: Psalms for the Modern World is a delightful read, featuring poems that are rich in depth and imagery.

This is the kind of book one can use for prayer or that can help develop a strong awareness of God's presence. The author shares a spiritual experience that most readers can identify with. The God That I Know provides a universal tool of prayer that will, most certainly, help readers find words to speak to God. I enjoyed both the spiritual depth of these psalms as well as their literary finesse. A great piece of devotional writing.