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Bk. Reviews on: The Lord is My Shepherd: The Theology of the Caring God

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5.0 out of 5 starsChallenging, spiritually healing work!,
January 21, 2009
By loves life (NC

Using the shepherd imagery of Psalm 23, Michael Samuel powerfully depicts God as a shepherd who constantly cares for His sheep. The Lord Is My Shepherd: The Theology of A Caring God awoke in me afresh the truth that God is for me and with me always–both in the pits and the peaks of life–leading, guarding, guiding, providing and nurturing me through my journey on this earth. That reminder has invigorated my spiritual life and inspired me to consciously relate to others as God relates to me. This work is a must read for all who question, struggle and who seek guidance in our challenging times.

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant work!, June 16, 2008

was very intellectually stimulated and inspired by this book, and everyone of our club’s readers really enjoyed reading it. If any of you have struggled with faith, this is one book you cannot afford to ignore. Although the book was written twelve years ago, the material found in it is quite excellent and current. Samuel is correct in asserting that dysfunctional images of God are the source of a lot of suffering in the world. Psalm 23 addresses the issues we all have with God’s relationship with the world. One of the best parts of the book is how Samuel explains the Book of Job; equally compelling are the mediatations a number of people did on Psalm 23. This exercise ought to be tried in more congregations. I think you will enjoy “The Lord is My Shepherd: The Theology of the Caring God.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars What does a shepherd do, anyway?, December 28, 2000
By David Willig “rabbidw” (perth amboy, nj USA) – See all my re

We live in an urban society and don’t understand the shepherd mataphor. Rabbi Samuel shows us the true caring necessary in the ancient role of shepherd and applies the insights of the Psalm to our view of God. This book is meant for everyone who thinks about, or questions, the idea of a personal God. It is a scholarly work, well researched, with citations covering the historical period from Plato to the present and philosophically from the atheist to the pious believer. But don’t let me scare you. It is written for the laymen, entertaining and at times, witty. If you wrestle with the concept of a caring God in the 21st century, you must read this book