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Rob Morgan, bestselling author of Then My Soul Sings, explores the rich meaning behind the world’s best-known and most-loved poem—Psalm 23. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters… These are the opening lines to one of the most memorized, inspirational, and comforting passages in the Bible—and o Rob Morgan, bestselling author of Then My Soul Sings, explores the rich meaning behind the world’s best-known and most-loved poem—Psalm 23. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters… These are the opening lines to one of the most memorized, inspirational, and comforting passages in the Bible—and one of the greatest poems of all time. In six verses, it provides a microcosm of God’s grace. When anxiety robs us of sleep, our most powerful “tranquilizer” is Psalm 23. It’s a soul-soother. It appears in the middle of a trilogy of psalms dealing with our past, our present, and our future needs. In The Lord is My Shepherd, Morgan teaches Psalm 23 verse-by-verse, explaining its extraordinary power to change lives and ease our troubles. He shares its fascinating context and colorful background, as well as his own charming, real-life stories of herding sheep. You’ll find encouragement to enjoy the “green pastures” of life while becoming strengthened by the “dark valleys.” Furthermore, Morgan maintains that some of the Bible’s richest truths are summarized in these six simple verses of Psalm 23. In knowing the Good Shepherd, we have total resources for all our internal, external, and eternal needs. Through this clear explanation of the biblical text and great stories that illustrate the love and care of the shepherd, The Lord is My Shepherd will help you rediscover the joy, inspiration, and peace in the green pastures of this beloved psalm.


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Rob Morgan, bestselling author of Then My Soul Sings, explores the rich meaning behind the world’s best-known and most-loved poem—Psalm 23. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters… These are the opening lines to one of the most memorized, inspirational, and comforting passages in the Bible—and o Rob Morgan, bestselling author of Then My Soul Sings, explores the rich meaning behind the world’s best-known and most-loved poem—Psalm 23. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters… These are the opening lines to one of the most memorized, inspirational, and comforting passages in the Bible—and one of the greatest poems of all time. In six verses, it provides a microcosm of God’s grace. When anxiety robs us of sleep, our most powerful “tranquilizer” is Psalm 23. It’s a soul-soother. It appears in the middle of a trilogy of psalms dealing with our past, our present, and our future needs. In The Lord is My Shepherd, Morgan teaches Psalm 23 verse-by-verse, explaining its extraordinary power to change lives and ease our troubles. He shares its fascinating context and colorful background, as well as his own charming, real-life stories of herding sheep. You’ll find encouragement to enjoy the “green pastures” of life while becoming strengthened by the “dark valleys.” Furthermore, Morgan maintains that some of the Bible’s richest truths are summarized in these six simple verses of Psalm 23. In knowing the Good Shepherd, we have total resources for all our internal, external, and eternal needs. Through this clear explanation of the biblical text and great stories that illustrate the love and care of the shepherd, The Lord is My Shepherd will help you rediscover the joy, inspiration, and peace in the green pastures of this beloved psalm.

30 review for The Lord Is My Shepherd: Resting in the Peace and Power of Psalm 23

  1. 4 out of 5

    Savannah

    The only thing I didn't like about the book was that the author used multiple translations of the Bible. Other than that, it helped me have a much deeper understanding of Psalm 23. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that the author used multiple translations of the Bible. Other than that, it helped me have a much deeper understanding of Psalm 23.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    The Lord is My Shepherd goes through each verse of Psalm 23 and enlightens the reader about the meaning one can find. The author takes his own experiences being a sheep owner/shepherd and being a pastor, and joins them to reading through the psalm. The author also highlights in appropriate places people's experience with the psalm and how the psalm helped them through particular situations in their lives. My grandma brought me this book on her recent visit. I liked it and would rate it 3.5 stars. The Lord is My Shepherd goes through each verse of Psalm 23 and enlightens the reader about the meaning one can find. The author takes his own experiences being a sheep owner/shepherd and being a pastor, and joins them to reading through the psalm. The author also highlights in appropriate places people's experience with the psalm and how the psalm helped them through particular situations in their lives. My grandma brought me this book on her recent visit. I liked it and would rate it 3.5 stars. I found the book to be very comforting, and I enjoyed reading about how various people have found the psalm to be useful in their life experiences, such as the soldier who was abandoned by his troops somewhere in Asia because he was wounded and they were under attack, and how meditating on the psalm was what allowed him to survive through some harrowing experiences as he was discovered by the enemy soldiers. I also enjoyed reading about the author's experience as a shepherd, and I definitely learned a lot about sheep, which was very interesting. I did find, however, that sometimes the book seemed a little tangental.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    To me, the most impressive feature of this book is that the author's not just a pastor--he also had years of hands-on experience caring for sheep. So if you ever wanted to read a book about the Shepherd's Prayer, written by an erstwhile shepherd, then this book's for you (as is A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, originally published in 1970). Another notable feature of Morgan's book is his 53-word summary of the Psalm's main themes (in "prepositional slogan" form) at pages 175-176: *Near me: My Sh To me, the most impressive feature of this book is that the author's not just a pastor--he also had years of hands-on experience caring for sheep. So if you ever wanted to read a book about the Shepherd's Prayer, written by an erstwhile shepherd, then this book's for you (as is A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, originally published in 1970). Another notable feature of Morgan's book is his 53-word summary of the Psalm's main themes (in "prepositional slogan" form) at pages 175-176: *Near me: My Shepherd *Beneath me: Green pastures *Beside me: Still waters *Ahead of me: Righteous paths *Within me: Restored spirits *Against me: My enemies *For me: His rod and staff *Around me: A table(land) *Upon me: Anointing oil *Above me: Overflowing blessings *Behind me: Goodness and Mercy *Before me: My Father's House Along the way, Pastor Morgan offers remarks, interpretations and anecdotes on the 23rd Psalm which help provide context and insight. Here's a few: 1) Psalm 23 is a reassurance that all three types of our needs will be met by the Good Shepherd (see also John 10): External needs (green pastures), Internal needs (restoration, comfort) and Eternal needs (Divine Goodness and Mercy) [page 36]. 2) The foregoing types of needs, in turn, can be found by elaborating on the Psalm's third verse (He restoreth my soul). Respectively: He restoreth my soul...from stress; He restoreth my soul...from sorrow; He restoreth my soul...from sin [Chapter 5, pages 69-83]. 3) In verse 6 (Goodness and mercy shall follow me throughout the days of my life), Pastor Morgan finds the two sides of Divine Grace: Goodness "represents all [the gifts] He bestows on us that we don't deserve. Mercy "represents all [the consequences] He withholds that we do deserve." I enjoyed this book. I borrowed it from the library, but I wish I had a copy for my library on Scripture and Theology--it could make for a good reference. Footnote: For further details on the ins and outs of shepherding, Pastor Morgan recommends two books: Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep: Breeds, Care, Facilities and This Was Sheep Ranching: Yesterday and Today, by Virginia Paul

  4. 4 out of 5

    Randy Corn

    This book was a gift from Welch College because of how much money the college was given last year from Bethlehem. I have to say that it is a very well written volume and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, it is one of those books that I looked forward to getting back to. I thought so much of it that when I finished reading it I felt compelled to write an email to Rob Morgan and thank him for it. I am sure I will be recommending it to many friends. This book has a devotional intensity to it a This book was a gift from Welch College because of how much money the college was given last year from Bethlehem. I have to say that it is a very well written volume and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, it is one of those books that I looked forward to getting back to. I thought so much of it that when I finished reading it I felt compelled to write an email to Rob Morgan and thank him for it. I am sure I will be recommending it to many friends. This book has a devotional intensity to it and a disarming autobiographical element in places. I really felt like Rob was opening up in writing this book and that made his struggles mine. I felt like I knew him much better after having read this book, and I liked him more. Still, the strongest element of this book are the caliber of the illustrations. I suppose that this is the fruit of much reading and a careful filing away of those stories over a long period of time. I am certain I will use some of them myself, and I fully intend to give Brother Morgan full credit for them.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    Well -written... easy to understand....it really spoke to me. Peace & comfort seems to flow through you as you progress through the book. It certainly deserves a reread whenever life becomes to much.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Gromer

    An in depth look at the 23rd Psalm of David. Well written for light reading. Encouraging with focus on the person of the Good Shepherd. Easy, good read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Blake Western

    This is an excellent book on Psalm 23. The author writes clearly and has done his research on sheep and shepherding. It is easy to understand and very encouraging.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alex Koch

    The Shepherd is My Lord There are many good books written on Psalm 23, and this is one of them, I believe you will be blessed. Yours in Christ, Alex

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gayle

    As a believer in Jesus Christ, this exposition on the 23rd Psalm from then perspective of the sheep and the shepherd encouraged and uplifted me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victor Gentile

    Robert J. Morgan in his new book “The Lord Is My Shepherd” published by Howard Books gives us Resting in the Peace and Power of Psalm 23. From the back cover: Serenity…peace…calm…rest… Do you long for these? Are the stresses of life wearing you down? Are you anxious, afraid, worried? Are you simply not resting, unable to find peace? Through the timeless words of Psalm 23 you can be instantly transported to green pastures, still waters, and a restored soul. The Twenty-third Psalm is the world’s best- Robert J. Morgan in his new book “The Lord Is My Shepherd” published by Howard Books gives us Resting in the Peace and Power of Psalm 23. From the back cover: Serenity…peace…calm…rest… Do you long for these? Are the stresses of life wearing you down? Are you anxious, afraid, worried? Are you simply not resting, unable to find peace? Through the timeless words of Psalm 23 you can be instantly transported to green pastures, still waters, and a restored soul. The Twenty-third Psalm is the world’s best-known and most-beloved poem. It’s been engraved on the hearts of every generation from antiquity to modernity. It’s been quoted across the centuries and through the millennia, and its enduring message is for you…today. As both a sheep owner and a pastor, author Robert Morgan knows a thing or two about shepherding, and brings that understanding to this beautiful book. Verse-by-verse explanations of the psalm uncover the rich blessings of the time-tested promises, and intriguing stories of men and women who have lived the psalm in the difficulties of life offer invaluable insights into your own life. Take a journey through the simple truths of this life-giving psalm and enjoy the restoration and calm that are waiting for you. Psalm 23 is exactly twelve lines long but it is densely packed with meaning. Robert J. Morgan is both a pastor and a sheep owner so he understands about sheep, therefore he understands a lot of the meaning of this wonderful psalm. The book is broken down into two parts: Part One, “The Lord Is My Shepherd” and Part Two, “I Shall Not Want”. Pastor Morgan does not give us a dry analysis of these verses he goes into an almost word by word visual exploration of what David was talking about when he wrote this psalm. In addition, Pastor Morgan gives lots of stories about how this psalm was used by lots of individuals across the planet. Why do we need this book? We get cluttered with stress, worry, cares that draw our attention, ”The Lord Is My Shepherd” re-focuses our attention on our Shepherd and away from those things so that we can be renewed and refreshed. It won’t take you long to read this whole book through. The real fun is when you come back to it to read each Part and each chapter within each part to savor all the richness within its pages. This is one book you will be returning to over and over again. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  11. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    I have read several books about the 23rd Psalm. This particular author was/is a shepherd, as well as a pastor. There is always something to learn. I learned the meaning of being "cast" or "cast down" from the sheep/shepherd perspective. I had no idea that term came from shepherding. This explanation comes as a part of expounding on verse 3 -- "He restores my soul." I learned that the words in verse 6 "shall follow me" can be accurately translated as "shall pursue me" or "shall chase me" and I lo I have read several books about the 23rd Psalm. This particular author was/is a shepherd, as well as a pastor. There is always something to learn. I learned the meaning of being "cast" or "cast down" from the sheep/shepherd perspective. I had no idea that term came from shepherding. This explanation comes as a part of expounding on verse 3 -- "He restores my soul." I learned that the words in verse 6 "shall follow me" can be accurately translated as "shall pursue me" or "shall chase me" and I looked at a website that shows a verse in numerous translations and did see "pursue" as a common way to translate the word and the translation from The Message did use the word "chase." What a wonderful and powerful image! I learned that this pastor/shepherd understands and realizes that in spite of everything a shepherd might do, sheep do sometimes refuse to be guided, and their missteps lead to their deaths. And so it may happen with people who refuse the guidance of the Lord, their Shepherd.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Green

    Many books have been written in regard to explaining 23rd Psalm but never ever one like Morgan wrote here. To cozy up in your chair and kiss the world good bye for a while- is what I did while I turned the pages of this book! Robert is both an owner of sheep and a shepherd. He has a soul that is loving of what God loves, His creation; sheep. He knows all about sheep ...explaining how we are like sheep and why Jesus chose to call us His sheep....Phillip takes apart the psalm's words and lavishes Many books have been written in regard to explaining 23rd Psalm but never ever one like Morgan wrote here. To cozy up in your chair and kiss the world good bye for a while- is what I did while I turned the pages of this book! Robert is both an owner of sheep and a shepherd. He has a soul that is loving of what God loves, His creation; sheep. He knows all about sheep ...explaining how we are like sheep and why Jesus chose to call us His sheep....Phillip takes apart the psalm's words and lavishes the reader with how David meant us to see it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    The sheep-owner author tells stories, quotes Bible verses, and discusses the 23rd Psalm phrase by phrase through the whole chapter. Reading this book is like feeding at a peaceful banquet. Definitely worth reading!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    One of the best books on Psalm 23. Rob Morgan makes this psalm come alive and gives you the meaning of the verses. His application of this psalm will make you more thankful we have such a loving Father and faithful Shepherd.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Krishna Bannister

    I would of like to of read how sheep must be broken in order for them to carried by their shepherd

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This book speaks to the soul or it spoke to my soul. I will never read or say the 23rd Psalm without thinking of how the subject was discussed by this author.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elisa Denk

    Well done. Great insights. Lots to ponder about. Encouraging.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Borrowed from a friend but I want to buy and own it. All and everything about the 23rd Psalm!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Mann

    Such a great book about Psalm 23! Read it and be encouraged!

  20. 4 out of 5

    LeeRoy

    Christian themed concentrating on Psalms 22, 23, & 24

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Very well written. Great book to share with others.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carla Parris

    Great book to use as a devotional. Morgan takes each phrase and illustrates it in a way that opens new application and insight into this beautiful Psalm.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Greg

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maricel

  25. 4 out of 5

    Madalyn Mathis

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Matthews

  27. 5 out of 5

    judy gough

  28. 5 out of 5

    donald webb

  29. 5 out of 5

    Robert Ott

  30. 4 out of 5

    Faith Chandler

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