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128 pages
Nov 2006
Baker Publishing Group

Still Waters and Skyscrapers: The 23rd Psalm for the 21st Century

by Dave Tomlinson

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Still Waters and Skyscrapers provides an interesting, challenging, growth-encouraging Bible study. An English vicar and author of The Post-Evangelical, Dave Tomlinson refers to himself as a “liberal” Christian. As a “conservative” Christian I found his study engrossing and very helpful. Tomlinson fruitfully applies Psalm 23 to today’s worrisome world. He displays it as valuable to all those who learn to look to the Shepherd Lord, including: those well acquainted with Him; those who aren’t even sure of Him; the ordinary, the over stimulated, the vaguely unhappy, the distraught; the lost, lonely, betrayed, stupid-feeling, and penniless; the sick and dying; those in harms way; and even those sheep who think the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Drawing from Dr. Walter Brueggemann’s* writings, Tomlinson divides the Psalms into three categories: orientation and normality, disorientation, and, new orientation. He compares these three categories with Christ’s disciples joyfully learning from Him during His earthly ministry, the crucifixion, and the wonderful surprise of the resurrection. Tomlinson places Psalm 23 in the third category. He also refers to this psalm as the “guts of the Bible” (pg. 13). In this phrase-by-phrase look at the psalm, its art, poetry, and spirituality become the fabric through which the author weaves many insights. He illustrates these insights with quotes from a wide variety of sources ranging from U2’s Bono through Rabbi Kushner and Martin Luther King to C. S. Lewis. He permeates the whole with interrelated Scripture. Still Waters and Skyscrapers is well worth reading, arguing with, and learning from. It will definitely guide the reader forward spiritually and send him back to search the Scriptures. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book

*professor emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary

Book Jacket:

What can a psalm about green pastures, calm waters and a shepherd's staff possibly have to do with our urban world of concrete buildings, 24/7 schedules and creeping rush-hour traffic?

Many people--Christians and the nonreligious alike--can still recite Psalm 23. Frequently heard at funerals and in films, it is a source of comfort in times of grief or fear. But there is more to it than that, asserts author Dave Tomlinson. In Still Waters and Skyscrapers, Tomlinson creatively reintroduces you to a passage of Scripture you only thought you knew. Far more than just words to speak during times of trial, Psalm 23 is a song of life that "teaches us about the nature of faith in every situation."

This fresh-faith take on the best-known psalm weaves together biblical study, personal stories, anecdotes and links to popular culture to give you a new perspective on this beloved piece of biblical poetry.