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Many of us suppress our feelings because we’re worried they are ungodly. Others of us are so led by our emotions that we let them dominate everything, including our faith. In these honest, personal and uplifting meditations on 24 selected psalms, Courtney Reissig looks at emotions we all experience, ranging from shame, anxiety, and anger through to gratitude, hope, and jo Many of us suppress our feelings because we’re worried they are ungodly. Others of us are so led by our emotions that we let them dominate everything, including our faith. In these honest, personal and uplifting meditations on 24 selected psalms, Courtney Reissig looks at emotions we all experience, ranging from shame, anxiety, and anger through to gratitude, hope, and joy. For each, she shows how the psalms give us permission to acknowledge how we feel before God, and how they can help us to use those feelings productively and faithfully. This inspiring book will give women a language to cry out to God to help them process their feelings, as well as help them to grow in their faith. Can be used as a daily devotion.


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Many of us suppress our feelings because we’re worried they are ungodly. Others of us are so led by our emotions that we let them dominate everything, including our faith. In these honest, personal and uplifting meditations on 24 selected psalms, Courtney Reissig looks at emotions we all experience, ranging from shame, anxiety, and anger through to gratitude, hope, and jo Many of us suppress our feelings because we’re worried they are ungodly. Others of us are so led by our emotions that we let them dominate everything, including our faith. In these honest, personal and uplifting meditations on 24 selected psalms, Courtney Reissig looks at emotions we all experience, ranging from shame, anxiety, and anger through to gratitude, hope, and joy. For each, she shows how the psalms give us permission to acknowledge how we feel before God, and how they can help us to use those feelings productively and faithfully. This inspiring book will give women a language to cry out to God to help them process their feelings, as well as help them to grow in their faith. Can be used as a daily devotion.

30 review for Teach Me To Feel: Worshiping Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erin Ching

    This was a great meditation on the psalms, and a great book to go through during coronavirus, as emotions are all over the place. I will definitely be referring back to it. My only complaint is that it would've been helpful if the psalm she was reviewing in each chapter was printed in the book - this book is very much rooted in the words of the text (which is great!), so it would be helpful to see the text right there. This was a great meditation on the psalms, and a great book to go through during coronavirus, as emotions are all over the place. I will definitely be referring back to it. My only complaint is that it would've been helpful if the psalm she was reviewing in each chapter was printed in the book - this book is very much rooted in the words of the text (which is great!), so it would be helpful to see the text right there.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Taunton

    2.5? It's hard for me to rate this book! I love walking through the subject matter of the Psalms. I liked that the book focused largely on Scripture and using it as a compass for our emotions. However, I found multiple typos, which I find to be distracting and to detract from the content of the text itself. Another issue I had was that some thoughts were not explained in great detail. I did find it to be an encouragement to spend more time reading the Psalms themselves. 2.5? It's hard for me to rate this book! I love walking through the subject matter of the Psalms. I liked that the book focused largely on Scripture and using it as a compass for our emotions. However, I found multiple typos, which I find to be distracting and to detract from the content of the text itself. Another issue I had was that some thoughts were not explained in great detail. I did find it to be an encouragement to spend more time reading the Psalms themselves.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Excellent work by Reissig! A homiletical meditation on the psalms filled with encouragement, biblical truth, real life application and illustrations. I’ll be recommending this book often. I’m excited to have such a valuable resource for discipling others as well as my own teenage girls. “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!” Psalms 150:6

  4. 4 out of 5

    kenzienoelle.reads

    This was super encouraging. I loved breaking down the Psalms.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rose Elliott

    Timely and appropriate, Courtney Reissig has written another valuable book. This book is one to have on your beside table. Longer review to come.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Brantly

    2.5 - apparently I'm not a devotional fan. It's like having potato chips when you really want steak. 2.5 - apparently I'm not a devotional fan. It's like having potato chips when you really want steak.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Lee

    My wife is currently pregnant with our second son. We have experienced many emotions, but there is one moment that stands out to me, and that was when we felt scared. We were scared because my wife had thought that our baby had stopped moving. We thank God that everything is okay right now, but we acknowledge that there are going to be many ups and downs in this particular season. In Teach Me To Feel by Courtney Reissig, we are shown how we can worship through the Psalms in every season of life. My wife is currently pregnant with our second son. We have experienced many emotions, but there is one moment that stands out to me, and that was when we felt scared. We were scared because my wife had thought that our baby had stopped moving. We thank God that everything is okay right now, but we acknowledge that there are going to be many ups and downs in this particular season. In Teach Me To Feel by Courtney Reissig, we are shown how we can worship through the Psalms in every season of life. Meditations in a Hospital Bed In the introduction of this book, Courtney Reissig shares about her time spent on hospital bed rest. When she was 33 weeks, pregnant, her placenta partially abrupted. Although her placenta stopped abrupting, she still had to spend time in a hospital bed. She says that the Psalms were the only thing she read during this time. So this book is an outflowing of her many mediations. in 24 chapters, Reissig examines 25 standout Psalms (Psalm 42 and Psalm 43 are covered together in Chapter 8). She highlights the verses that hit on a singular feeling or emotion and helps us to understand what they mean. For the most part, these are heavy feelings to process. Despair, pain, grief, and shame are touched upon. But this book also takes us to the highs of contentment, gratefulness, forgiveness, and hope. For When You Feel The primary audience for this book is women, but I found this book to be helpful for me as a man in three ways. First, it helped me see a woman’s perspective in many experiences I would not know. Second, it helped me read words to feelings that I have felt but have been unable to say or write about. Chapter 11 was particularly important to me as it tackled the emotion of envy. Psalm 73 was the Biblical text, and Reissig wrote on how envy can often arise in our social media-saturated world. When the wicked prospers, Reissig reminds us that we must have God’s perspective. The nearness of God is for our good and He is all we need. Psalms For Every Season At the end of each chapter, additional Psalms are referenced for further study. Also, pages for journaling are included to interact with the text and help process or pray through your own feelings. This book is available in a beautiful hardback edition, making it an excellent book to revisit and reference in life’s ever-changing circumstances. The Psalms have proved to be a significant portion of Scripture before, and I hope to continue to pursue them as I enter into a new season with my family. I was provided a free copy of Teach Me to Feel but was not required to write a positive review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Suzy G

    I can't fully explain the timeliness of me reading this book or the life it gave me the past month and a half. After the governor announced that school wouldn't be resuming, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands, and I so began reading Teach Me To Feel: Worshiping Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life most mornings. Through the pandemic, through working on my relationship with others, and ultimately through working on my relationship with God, I found a lot of wisdom and discernment I can't fully explain the timeliness of me reading this book or the life it gave me the past month and a half. After the governor announced that school wouldn't be resuming, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands, and I so began reading Teach Me To Feel: Worshiping Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life most mornings. Through the pandemic, through working on my relationship with others, and ultimately through working on my relationship with God, I found a lot of wisdom and discernment in Courtney's words. Structurally I think this book is on point. I repeatedly find problem with religious books not referencing scripture enough. I don't know (at least for me) that a book without scripture being the center can produce change in a person. If the author isn't pointing the reader to scripture and then prayer, then like I said, I don't know if long-term spiritual change is possible. I believe a person grows closer to the God and spiritually evolves because of scripture. All this to say, Courtney's book first points the reader to scripture, having the reader read a specific Psalm in their Bible, then the reader reads her commentary and analysis of the Psalm. I also loved that she paired a feeling to each Psalm she commented on. This book will be a resource I use throughout my life for whatever feeling I am struggling or dealing with. Her voice in the book is so loving, non-judgemental, and scripture driven that any reader will feel comfort in reading this book. I highly recommend Teach Me To Feel: Worshiping Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life .

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah K

    I have been slowly going through Teach Me To Feel over the past three months. It has been so timely in these Covid-19 quarantine days... and I know it is a resource I will return to again and again. The Psalms have always given me such comfort in hard times, and encouragement in other seasons. I love how the author balances sharing her personal experiences (especially related to pregnancy/family since that is my season of life right now) with accessible, solid Biblical teaching. I loved the jour I have been slowly going through Teach Me To Feel over the past three months. It has been so timely in these Covid-19 quarantine days... and I know it is a resource I will return to again and again. The Psalms have always given me such comfort in hard times, and encouragement in other seasons. I love how the author balances sharing her personal experiences (especially related to pregnancy/family since that is my season of life right now) with accessible, solid Biblical teaching. I loved the journaling section with each chapter, and am sure it will be a gift to return to in the future. My only complaint is that the book ended!! I would definitely read more of Courtney Reissig's meditations on the Word.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Feelings are interesting things. I feel as Christians we don’t do well teaching people how to have a right and healthy view of them. This book is a great exploration of the Psalms that will help Christians embrace and process emotions in a way that glorifies God! I would highly recommend this book. I’ve been reading one chapter a day alongside my scripture reading and it’s been an eye opening experience for me as someone struggles with feelings.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aylin Merck

    Thankful for a book that uses the language of Scripture, specifically of the Psalms, to give language to our emotions. Courtney's grasp of Scripture and her wise insights into human nature make this book a true gift. One of my favorite things about it is that she writes knowing the implications of our union with Christ & her insights into Psalms are decidedly Christ-centered. Grab this book, it will reorient your heart to worship in whatever season you find yourself. Thankful for a book that uses the language of Scripture, specifically of the Psalms, to give language to our emotions. Courtney's grasp of Scripture and her wise insights into human nature make this book a true gift. One of my favorite things about it is that she writes knowing the implications of our union with Christ & her insights into Psalms are decidedly Christ-centered. Grab this book, it will reorient your heart to worship in whatever season you find yourself.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annette Wagoner

    Have you ever said, or had someone say to you, "I just can't feel anything anymore" ? This book is a beautiful journey through the book of Psalms and through the emotions that a believer will feel in her life. It doesn't give platitudes to when life is hard, it just brings scripture that can bring comfort to you. There is a lot of additional scripture you can dig into as well. Have you ever said, or had someone say to you, "I just can't feel anything anymore" ? This book is a beautiful journey through the book of Psalms and through the emotions that a believer will feel in her life. It doesn't give platitudes to when life is hard, it just brings scripture that can bring comfort to you. There is a lot of additional scripture you can dig into as well.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bailey T. Hurley

    A guide book you can pick up whenever you are experiencing a difficult emotion and the author will walk you through a Psalm that keeps it real but also encourages with truth. You can also just sit and read it straight through like I did but I know I’ll be coming back to certain chapters as different obstacles arise

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna Patterson

    I’ve been really thankful for this book. Moving overseas had me feeling pretty numb emotionally but this book helped in re-discovering and re-submitting my emotions to God. I also appreciate the author’s Bible literacy techniques that were easy enough to practice on my own and have really helped in rejuvenating my study of God’s word. Would recommend!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A good reading during these pandemic days. Lots to relate to now but in any time of life. I might read a section or two again as needed. I wish the actual texts she discussed were included with her writing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I’ve read this a chapter at a time over the last two months, and it has transformed the way I talk to God about how I’m feeling. It’s been life changing to see that He has given us the language to express all our emotions in a way that ultimately places our trust back in Him.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hope Grinnell

    Helpful to be used as a little devotional to walk through certain psalms!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Encouraging, helpful, heart-orienting read about emotions and how to submit them to our Lord. I loved it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katie Koppin

    I love the Psalms. I love that God cares about how we feel. This book was a breath of fresh air and such a great way to show how to come to God with all our feelings. Highly recommend.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Breezee

    Lord, teach me to feel. I just love the Psalms.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily Freeman

    Excellent book. The author walks through psalms that cover a range of human emotions and shows how to biblically engage them. I highly recommend.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Abi

    Loved this - it was a balm to my soul!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael Anderson

    Written for women, but helpful for everyone. A great look at how the Psalms voice and shape the many emotions that we should and do feel.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Uchechika

  25. 4 out of 5

    Clare Smith

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jane Marshall

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Kearney

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Channell

  30. 5 out of 5

    Holly Wood

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