"A book you will want to read and read again." -- Eugene Peterson
Afterword by Bono.
How can we find a more transparent, resilient, and fearless life of faith?
The book of Psalms has been central to God's people for millennia, across all walks of life and cultural contexts. In reading it, we discover that we are never alone in our joys, sorrows, angers, doubts, praises, or thanksgivings. In it, we learn about prayer and poetry, honesty and community, justice and enemies, life and death, nations and creation.Open and Unafraidshows us how to read the psalms in a fresh, life-giving way, and so access the bottomless resources for life that they provide.
"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 bookNaked, 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 song writer
"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 ofFierce Convictions
W. David O. Taylor is assistant professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Open and Unafraid: The Psalms and the Life of Faith (Thomas Nelson: 2020), Glimpses of the New Creation: Worship and the Formative Power of the Arts (Eerdmans: 2019) and editor of For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts (Baker: 2010). He has written for the Washington Post, Image Journal, Christ & Pop Culture, and Christianity Today, among other publications. An Anglican priest, he has lectured widely on the arts, from Thailand to South Africa. He lives in Austin with his wife, Phaedra, a visual artist and gardener, and his daughter, Blythe, and son, Sebastian. He tweets @wdavidotaylor; and posts Instagram: @davidtaylor_theologian.