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Reviewed by Rebecca S Winner for Readers' Favorite
Psalms of a Sinner by Toby Lofton is a paraphrasing of all of the 150 Psalms from the Holy Bible. The author has written the Psalms in everyday language. They have also been written with a lot of 'I' and 'me' to make them more personal between the reader and God. They are written to look like poems, just as the original Psalms are. The contest between Satan and God for the person's sin choices is mentioned frequently. The enemies of God and the enemies of His people are mentioned. References are made to earlier stories, like the Israelites in the wilderness. Besides the topic of sin and displeasing God, there are a lot of references to praising God, His power, and His forgiveness. At the end, the author has written his own Psalm of praise to God.
My favorite thing about Psalms of a Sinner by Toby Lofton is that he writes in everyday language that is easy to understand. This is my second book by this author, and I have enjoyed both of them. I like that I can recognize enough of the phrases and the intention of the Psalm writers to feel that this different way of speaking provides an authentic message. I enjoyed some of the phrases, such as “life will still happen”, “you get what you asked for,” and “He parts things.” Several of these phrases made me chuckle. I have begun several times in my life to read the Psalms through, but rarely get very far. This time I made it clear through.