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BY JOHN WILSON
The Top Ten Books of 2003
Words to God's Music: A New Book of Psalms, by Laurance Wieder (Eerdmans). Here I will repeat what I wrote in the May/June issue of B&C: "Charter subscribers to Books & Culture may recall that our first issue, September/October 1995, featured George Herbert's rendering of the 23rd Psalm from poet Laurance Wieder's anthology, The Poet's Book of Psalms: The Complete Psalter as Rendered by Twenty-Five Poets from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries (HarperSanFrancisco, 1995). After preparing that volume, which included more than a dozen psalms in his own versions, Wieder set out to do the entire Psalter, not in a strict translation nor even a paraphrase as usually construed but offering the product of his wrestling with the text in the form of a new poem, a new psalm. . . . Hence Words to God's Music: A New Book of Psalms. . . . Buy a copy for yourself, and one for your pastor, and start thinking of people on your Christmas list. This book is a treasure."
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