Book Review Paralyzed by Fear or Empowered by Hope

Paralyzed by fear or Empowered by Hope: A Fresh look at Psalm 23 is written by Dr. Mac Brunson, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. The purpose of this work is to give a verse by verse study of Psalm 23 with historical context, engagement with Psalm 23, and practical insight. This book promises that it is a verse by verse treatment of Psalm 23 but the author spends most of his time not engaging in explanation of the text, but in giving stories, and application. This is not to say that the book is unhelpful but it promises to be a verse by verse study and ends up being a devotional rather than solid verse by verse treatment of Psalm 23. This book should be classified along the lines of a devotional because that is exactly what it is. As a devotional it has many stories, and much application. As a verse by verse treatment of this book, I cannot recommend it. If one wants to read a devotional filled with stories, application and a few verses sprinkled in but with very little explanation of Psalm 23 then by pick up this book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have...

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