Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life by W. David O. Taylor
In Open and Unafraid, the creator of the groundbreaking film The Psalms, featuring Bono and Eugene Peterson, shows how the Psalms enable us to find a more transparent, resilient, and fearless life of faith. Featuring a foreword by Eugene Peterson and an afterword by Bono.
In 2016, David Taylor released a film of Eugene Peterson and U2's Bono discussing how the Psalms had shaped their work, helping them make sense of life, art, metaphor, violence, suffering, and mortality. With more than one million views on YouTube, the film is a sensation and has helped people encounter God as he is presented in the Psalms: a God of justice, grace, goodness, healing, power and refuge. Open and Unafraid goes even further, showing us how the Psalms become a guide to living faithfully.
The Psalms have been central to God's people for millennia, across all walks of life and cultural contexts. In reading them, we discover that we are never alone in our joys, sorrows, angers, doubts, praises, or thanksgivings. In them, we learn about prayer and poetry, honesty and community, justice and enemies, life and death, nations and creation. Open and Unafraid shows us how to read the Psalms in a fresh, life-giving way, and so access the bottomless resources for life that they provide.
Corresponding Prayer Cards found HERE.
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Access David's accompanying guided lesson on "Praying the Psalms" HERE (available for free until July 1, 2020).
Hardcover: 224 pages
Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.7 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
W. David O. Taylor is an Anglican priest, and Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture and the Director of Brehm Texas. He is the author of Glimpses of the New Creation: Worship and the Formative Power of the Arts and editor of For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts. He has written for The Washington Post, Image Journal, Christ & Pop Culture, and Christianity Today, among other publications. David lives in Austin with his wife, Phaedra, a visual artist and gardener, and his daughter, Blythe, and son, Sebastian. He tweets @wdavidotaylor; and posts on Instagram: @davidtaylor_theologian.
David is also the creator of the groundbreaking film The Psalms, featuring Bono and Eugene Peterson which can be viewed HERE.
"David Taylor’s take is 'open and unafraid' alright. He really goes there, exposing himself before God in the most beautiful way. He might have called the book Naked, because if you don’t find your own self feeling a little exposed here, it might be time to take some armor off."
— Bono, from the Afterword
"A book that you will want to read and read again, and yet again, in order to discover the wisdom of the Psalms that shows us how to walk in the life-giving way of Jesus."
— Eugene Peterson, from the Foreword
"A winsome, accessible entry into the Book of Psalms…Connects the poetry of the psalms to real-life wonders and struggles."
— Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Taylor reads these biblical prayers with Dr. Seuss, rappers, and other poets, along with theologians and the daily news... Guides readers in tracing out patterns of holy speech that have the potential for healing our hearts and our communities."
— Ellen F. Davis, Duke Divinity School
"I have always loved the psalms--for their defiant devotion, their deep joy, and their brutal yet beautiful honesty. And after reading this fantastic book about them, I love them even more."
— Matt Redman, worship leader and songwriter
"In these fraught and fearsome days, we need the psalms more than ever. And we need more faithful artists and thinkers like David Taylor to mine the infinite gifts the psalms offer across the ages."
— Karen Swallow Prior, author of Fierce Convictions