Reading the Psalms as God’s Prayer Book (Episode 8)


Join Jeremy Steele and Brian Russell as they discuss the Psalms as both an emotional release and spiritual healing for the reader.

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When he is not playing with his four children with his wonderful wife, Jeremy oversees children, youth, and college ministries in addition to leading the evening worship service at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, Al. He is passionate about reaching people with the message of Jesus in a way that engages them with the movement of God. Jeremy is the Senior Editor of the Seedbed Youth Ministry Collective and the author of Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry. You can find a list of all his books, articles and resources for churches at his website:


  1. That was a brief tidbit. The Psalms have been my prayer book for years; probably 40 years. The trials of my life have forced me to grasp for common ground in the scriptures with the deep emotional fissures of my life. Having lost an 18 year old daughter due to a shot in her back by a 22 hollow point magnum (she only lasted 6 hours). Then 10 years later the sudden death of my wife of 25 years, due to a massive aneurysm which took her life suddenly within less then an hour (She was only 48). Through many other horribly wrenching experiences I have found that the Psalms corresponded to the dark valleys I was traversing and resonated as they lead me from my grief and dismay to the LORD in ways unusual yet healing.