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Let’s Say a Psalm: The Psalms in a fresh voice for children, families and worship.

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By Silvia Purdie

Enjoy these lively psalm paraphrase prayers at home with your family and for worship with children in church.

Silvia has interpreted the Psalms through a Jesus lens, assuming that they include prophecy about Christ, that Jesus re-interpreted them and that all scripture breathes the Word of Christ.

The book includes brief notes on: involving children in worship, the name of God “the Lord,” the violent texts in some of the Psalms, and reading the Psalms with Jesus in mind. There is also a thematic index and a list of New Testament references.

Psalms are about real human life, full of feelings. They sing about fears, fights and celebrations, and bring it all to God. Psalms teach us how to pray, in the hard times and the good times, in church and alone and with the people we love.

Silvia hopes that her versions ring true with each original Psalm and that they also translate ancient words and mind-pictures into images to which children can relate. She also hopes that you will explore other translations and enjoy ‘saying the Psalms’ together in lots of different ways.
Some of these poems are prayers for home, perhaps for bedtime. Some are for church, for all-age worship.

Psalms were originally songs; these versions are to be read aloud. Many are formatted for several voices, which works well in church for involving children.
Illustrations include Silvia’s own photos, many from a visit to Israel.

Praise for Let’s Say a Palm

“For millennia, the Psalms have been the prayer book for people of faith. Silvia Purdie has paraphrased each one in a delightful way, bringing freshness to the themes. She helps people today – including youth and children – experience the relevance of the thoughts and prayers in each Psalm. Her paraphrases are a delight.”
Rev Lynne Baab, PhD, author of Sabbath Keeping & The Power of Listening

About the Author

Silvia Purdie is a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, with a background in youth & children’s ministry and counselling, currently in post-earthquake Christchurch. She is married to Chris, a military chaplain, with three young adult sons.

She completed theology and ministry training and was ordained in 2010, working in Foxton-Shannon, Milson Combined Church in Palmerston North, and currently Cashmere Presbyterian Church in Christchurch.

She has particular interest in the connections between the Old and New Testaments and comes to the Psalms with Jesus in mind.

This collection draws on her experience with worship and scripture, children and teenagers, pastoral care and music.

Illustrations include Silvia’s own photos, many from a visit to Israel.
To explore more of her writing and worship resources, and to contact her, visit her website:
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (11MB)
  • EPUB (4MB)
  • MOBI (6MB)

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