Praying Lament Psalms: The Psychodynamics of Distress by David J Cohen
Cohen, David J., Praying Lament Psalms: The Psychodynamics of Distress, Paternoster biblical monographs, Paternoster, 2016.
This exceptional book explores our understanding of the Psalter as a book of prayer in the Judeo-Christian tradition. It focuses in original and helpful ways on the genre of Lament as a text medium through which personal distress can be engaged with and processed in the action of prayer, and explores some of the psychodynamic shifts which can occur for people praying in this way, providing some actual case examples of the process at work. The author provides a thorough examination of the lament genre found in the Psalter from a theological perspective and also offers a practical working model which could be incorporated into work with people who are suffering from distress in a variety of forms.
About the author: David Cohen is Head of Biblical Studies and Lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Language at Vose Seminary, Perth.