A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm The Lord is my shepherd I shall not be in want Travel the shepherd s path to the green pastures and cool refreshing waters of Psalm As a shepherd Phillip Keller shares his insights into the life

  • Title: A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23
  • Author: W. Phillip Keller
  • ISBN: 9780310274414
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want Travel the shepherd s path to the green pastures and cool, refreshing waters of Psalm 23.As a shepherd, Phillip Keller shares his insights into the life and character of sheep and of the Good Shepherd who loves and cares for them This beloved classic will give new meaning to the ageless Shepherd Psalm, enriching your trus The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want Travel the shepherd s path to the green pastures and cool, refreshing waters of Psalm 23.As a shepherd, Phillip Keller shares his insights into the life and character of sheep and of the Good Shepherd who loves and cares for them This beloved classic will give new meaning to the ageless Shepherd Psalm, enriching your trust in and love for the Lord who watches closely over you.

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    1. It has actually been a few years since I read this book, but having recently recommended it to a friend, it occurred to me that I should add it to my shelf. If I had to rate the Christian teaching books I've read in my life, in terms of how much of the material "stuck with me," and how often I've referred to it later in my own writing and speaking, this book would be very near the top. When it comes to understanding the full significance of the shepherd/sheep analogy, used in Scripture for the r [...]

    2. The Bible makes numerous analogies, regarding Gods people as sheep, and he as the Shepherd. Jesus was, for example the good shepherd, who layed down his life for his sheep. No analogy is perfect. Still some analogies are a better fit than others. As W. Phillip Keller abundantly illustrates in his book, the Bible's Shephed/Sheep analogy is one of the best, and the lovely and beloved Psalm 23 perhaps its most sublime discourse. But most people nowadays, have only passing familiarity with the life [...]

    3. This was a wonderful, inspirational book!! I could recommend it to anyone I know. The author, Phillip Keller, wholeheartedly sets out to completely make you understand what each part of Psalm 23 truly means. That passage of scripture is one that we all know by heart, but after reading this book you'll view those 6 verses in a whole new light. * It reminded me that I belong to Him, even with my sinful downfalls. * It made me think about how we really are like sheep, trustfully following our Sheph [...]

    4. This book was written in 1970 and you can really feel that in the tone of text and analogiesme things seem a bit stale and over worked, but that is simply because many of these analogies have been used by preachers over the past 4 decades. I am sure when he wrote them they were fresh and new.Having said that, this small little book holds much wisdom for all believers. If you are a pastor, deacon, elder, or minister and have people under your care, you will get a better picture of the type of lif [...]

    5. There are some interesting insights in this devotional book. As the title shows, this is a work of eisegesis rather than exegesis. Sometimes Keller's insights clarify the Scripture, but other times I felt that he overstepped his bounds. For instance, at one point he says "the thought uppermost in the writer's mind was that the animal should be free of scabs." At another point he writes, "All this sort of thing was in the back of David's mind as he penned these lines." There is simply no way of k [...]

    6. Psalm 23 is probably the most familiar chapter of the Bible. It has comforted countless mourners and encouraged innumerable weary believers. What were some of the images that David had in mind when he penned those words of praise? Would knowing the daily interaction of sheep and their shepherd make this Psalm even more meaningful? Phillip Keller thinks so. As a sheep rancher, he was daily surrounded by the same dangers, joys, and struggles. He shares the insights he gained over the years with us [...]

    7. I could quote half of the book perhaps I'll just say you should read it. I have never known much about a sheep's life (I heard a few lessons by Dr. Larry Guthrie), so reading about how Psalm 23 directly applies to the year of a sheep's life (and, in turn, how it applies to believers with Jesus as our Shepherd), was really good! I finished the book with a "Wow!" Chapters 9 and 11 were probably the ones that stood out to me--talking about the rod and staff and then "surely goodness and mercy shall [...]

    8. A compelling fresh look at Psalm 23 from the perspective of a sheep rancher that grew up around tribal shepherds in the middle-east. He starts chapter 1 asking “The Lord! But who is the Lord? What is His character? Does He have adequate credentials to be my Shepherd — my manager — my owner?” and more than answers those and many more questions. God is God and He is in charge if I give Him control of my life or not.I agree with his statement “One of the calamities of Christianity is our [...]

    9. This was a excellent read. Not only did this writer know what he was talking about from his own personal experience as a shepherd himself, but he also provided lessons for a Christian. I loved how he drew parallels from sheep and shepherd to a Christian and God, our Shepherd. This book was so on point. A wonderfully inspiring look at a very familiar Psalm. I found something in each chapter that related to what I'm going through. Wonderful how God's thoughts come through loud and clear in a tende [...]

    10. Though it contains value insights to sheep and shepherding, the book overflows with lists and alliterations--making it hard to read. Those, plus Biblical quotes from the Kings James Version, give Shepherd Looks an archaic feel.Keller crams 50 pages of material into 135.Pen-and-ink illustrations by Robert Doares enrich the text.

    11. Great book if you can get passed the author's "know it all, self-righteous" tone. I love his insights on shepherding as it relates to the Bible, but was VERY put-off by almost everything else he wroteeven when I agreed with him.

    12. SO GOOD. Such a neat book really diving into this Psalm and breaking down the life of a shepherd and the management of his sheep. Very interesting.

    13. Great insight. The perspective of a shepherd gives new light to this verse, and completely different meaning to some parts of it.

    14. Excellent insight into what it is like to be a Christian under the care of the Good Shepherd with an emphasis on good. He goes into detail explaining how a shepherd goes to extreme ends to make sure his sheep are fed, protected, and cared for with attention to every detail so they can be content and serene.I loved this book and have read it several times and it makes me humble knowing I was chosen by God to be under His care.

    15. This is an excellent resource for better understanding this most special of Psalms. We're studying Psalm 23 in church so I thought having a "shepherd's" perspective would provide some valuable insight. It didn't take me long to find why Keller's book is so much loved and appreciated.Keller takes us on the annual journey of his sheep from the days spent on the seaside home ranch (I'd never want to leave) up through the valleys, to the tablelands and back down again. We get to understand the dynam [...]

    16. I loved this book and highly recommend it for self improvement as well as for parenting. I loved how the author knew so much about his own work and could give us insights to how he cared for sheep, and also how a shepherd cares for his. I have thought about specific times since reading the book when I could apply it. I thought about it when my spouse gave a blessing to a sick child "Thou anointest my head with oil", and when dear friends of ours lost a grandchild recently and walked with their l [...]

    17. David's 23rd Psalm is a masterpiece. I never fully realized the depth of its inspired genius until I read this book. I still don't realize the depth of its inspired genius, but I think I understand more of it thanks to Phillip Keller. Keller writes as a pastor, scientist and, most importantly, a shepherd as he breaks down David's psalm phrase by phrase. Using his unique perspective and expertise, he skillfully explains, illustrates and applies the Shepherd Psalm. This is the best commentary I've [...]

    18. I found this book on the bookshelf in the guest room in my mother-in-law's house around 1985 and picked it up and started reading it on a visit. It was my first exposure to any kind of exposition of Scripture and I just loved it. Keller spent time as a shepherd and because of his firsthand experience in the field, he was able to impart context and deeper meaning to David's most well known psalm. I bought a copy of my own. Good devotional book.

    19. This is a wonderful book about the many similarities between caring for sheep-the sheep shepherd and God who is our Shepherd. The 23rd Psalm is explained, amplified and made much more meaningful and beautiful. This is an excellent read for the growing Christians, ministers and those who write church articles (like me).

    20. This is a very nice little book that I highly recommend. The chapters are short but full of insights to mull over between readings. The author's experience as a shepherd really illuminates Psalm 23 in a whole new way. This will be a book to reread periodically.

    21. Wonderful book that not only focuses on the meaning of Psalm 23, but it also makes it come alive. The author was a shepherd and relates many things about sheep and their care that adds so much to the meaning.

    22. This book will give you a deeper understanding of David's perspective when he wrote Psalm 23. Keller really helps the Psalm come alive we with new understanding and depth. Highly recommended read, especially if you love the 23 Psalm!

    23. This book is a refreshing insight into a verse that has become cliche in our culture. It has caused me to treasure this Psalm written about our Savior, the Good Shepherd. This is a book that I will be returning to time and again for inspiration.

    24. Phillip Keller gives his commentary on the most quoted Psalm from his perspective as a shepherd. Here are quotes and comments on each phrase of Psalm 23:The LORD is my shepherd:The author tells us that the shepherd identifies each of his sheep with a mark on its ear: “Each sheep-man has his own distinctive earmark which he cuts into one or other of the ears of his sheep. In this way, even at a distance, it is easy to determine to whom the sheep belong.” The procedure is painful for both the [...]

    25. In this little treasure of a book, Phillip Keller examines the best-known and most-beloved Psalm and relates it to the reader in ways he may never have thought of before. As one who grew up in East Africa among animal herders and who made his living for a period of time as a sheep owner, Keller truly understands the terminology and experiences of a shepherd as David did. He believes that many of us living in the modern, urban West misinterpret or at least do not fully understand and appreciate t [...]

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