A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller
The timeless truths of Scripture should transcend eras, being just as relevant today as they were when they were written. This is often forgotten, and it has become too easy for people to overlook the details of Scripture as being not relevant to today’s culture. W. Phillip Keller recognizes that the typical people of today, city dwellers moving in a fast-paced society, do not fully understand the culture of the biblical era. For that purpose, W. Phillip Keller has written this biblical exposition on Psalm 23, so that people will have a greater understanding of the significance and thus, grow in admiration and affection of the Shepherd.
If John 3:16 is the most well-known verse in Scripture, Psalm 23 is arguable the most well-known complete passage in Scripture. Yet, despite that, few understand the true meaning of this Psalm. Therefore, Phillip Keller teaches through the entire Psalm. Using an expository style of writing, each chapter focuses on a particular phrase from Psalm 23, each chapter following verse-by-verse so that it walks through the Psalm from beginning to end. This flow of the book makes it easy to follow the author’s though process and adds to the overall readability of the book, which is fairly simplistic. Therefore, the book itself can be read quickly and still be comprehended effortlessly.
As the author works through the Psalm, he expounds on each section, opening it up in a way that reveals the true intentions of the text. As a former shepherd, Phillip Keller offers insights into the text that not only make the text more understandable, but also make it applicable.
The book is thoughtful and encouraging, offering up a perspective of our heavenly Father that is often forgotten and overlooked. What does it mean when it says that “The Lord is my shepherd?” W. Phillip Keller tells you, and that makes the book worth the read.
Phillip Keller, born in East Africa, always loved wildlife and the outdoors. Having spent many years in agricultural research, land management, and ranch development in British Columbia. His experience as a shepherd equipped him with the insights that are the basis for A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23. (This short biography was taken from the back cover of the book)
Book Details: A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller, 2007 published by Zondervan (This book is relatively inexpensive and can be found at many retailers. I have found that christianbook.com is usually the cheapest, although remember you have to pay shipping. What I like about them is that if you purchase 10 or more, they offer $2 off per book so that the price is only $1.99 per book).
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