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Psalms for Living
Daily Prayers, Wisdom, and Guidance
By Mark Lanier
A trial lawyer by trade, a Christian by heart—author Mark Lanier has trained in biblical languages and devoted his life to studying and living the Bible. Living daily with the tension between the demands of his career and the desire for a godly life, Lanier recognizes the importance and challenge of finding daily time to spend in God’s Word. He credits the Psalms in particular for his continued growth in faith, obedience, wisdom, and understanding.
In Psalms for Living, Lanier shares a year’s worth of devotionals gathered over a lifetime of walking with the Lord. For each day of the year, Lanier reflects on the words of the Psalter, relates them back to the struggles facing Christians today, and concludes with a prayer connected to the day’s insights. His engagement with the Psalms offers fellow Christians the opportunity to receive the gifts of grace and guidance that come from daily immersion in scripture.
"Is he a lawyer, a preacher, a theologian, a philosopher, or a comedian? As this cogent volume vividly illustrates, Mark Lanier is all of the above and, in addition, a humble trooper whose personal walk with God in His word is gently shared with us on a 365-day trek through the Bible. Join Lanier as he takes us into God's presence."
—Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Mark Lanier brings his great intelligence and intense study of the Scriptures to produce a simple set of devotions. These thoughts are full of warmth and joy and allow readers to benefit from Mark's life experience and wisdom. He quickly focuses on one key idea from each biblical text and shows how it applies to everyday life."
—Peter Williams, Warden, Tyndale House, Cambridge
"Mark Lanier brings his experience as a civil attorney and combines it with his love for scholarly approaches to Scripture and practical experience as a devoted family man. The result is this handy gem of a book on the Psalms."
—John Michael Talbot, author and Christian musician
"Mark Lanier has already given scholars of Scripture a great gift—the remarkable Lanier Theological Library. In Psalms for Living, he offers readers of Scripture a gift of another kind, namely thoughtful, faithful, personal reflections upon ‘the hymn book of the Bible.’ I am looking forward to reading the Psalms afresh with Lanier’s valuable insights shedding and shining light on the Lamp that is God’s Word."
—Todd D. Still, DeLancey Dean and Hinson Professor, Truett Seminary
"Devotionals on the Psalms that stimulate the mind, promote reflection, and touch the heart. Mark Lanier has given us a new Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis for the twenty-first century."
—James K. Hoffmeier, Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"The devotionals that Mark Lanier has developed from these reflections will speak to those who seek strength and encouragement for the struggles of the workday."
—R. Gerald Turner, President, Southern Methodist University
Mark Lanier has spent more than 35 years reading the Psalms in Hebrew. He is a nationally renowned trial lawyer; founder of the Lanier Theological Library and the Christian Trial Lawyers Association; and author of Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith. He and his wife, Becky, have five children and live near Houston, Texas.