Bible+Theology, Spiritual Practices

Series Introduction: Psalms Mixtape

Here at Blackhawk, we want you to fall in love with the Bible. But you might wonder, where do I start?

In the middle of your Bible is the book of Psalms. It’s a book of worship, prayer, and meditation. The teaching team has chosen some of our favorite Psalms to explore, in hopes that it will help you fall more in love with God.

This summer we’re challenging our church to read through the entire book of the Psalms. We’ve created a Psalms journal to help you–use it at home, at the beach, or in the woods. Each week, we’ll read a set of Psalms, and then be encouraged to do whatever it is we do to connect with God– reflect, write, apply, and draw. Journals will be available beginning Sunday, June 17.

If you’re interested in additional reading material about the Psalms, you’re in luck. Here are a few of our favorites:

Psalms resources

Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer by Eugene Peterson 

Praying the Psalms by Walter Brueggeman 

God’s Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms by Ben Patterson

The Case for the Psalms by N.T. Wright 


If you would rather listen than read, we have a few video and podcast episodes that are worth your time:

The Art of Biblical Poetry
Poetry is a rich and artistic form of human communication, but often the most difficult to read. Check out this video from the Bible Project that explore the unique characteristics of biblical poetry. It will change the way you read the Psalms.

Psalms- The Language of Prayer (Exploring My Strange Bible, Episodes 35-38)
Tim Mackie, founder of The Bible Project, shares a 4-part podcast series on the book of Psalms. He talks about what the Psalms are, how we can use them in our own prayer life.

Coloring With God// Adele Calhoun (Renovare Podcast, Episode 72)
Adele Calhoun is a spiritual director and the author of Coloring the Psalms–an adult coloring book that helps readers connect with God through art. In this episode, Adele shares how the Psalms help us connect to God.

Dallas Willard’s Life Without Lack//Rebecca Willard Heatley and Jan Johnson (Renovare Podcast, Episode 123)
Dallas Willard’s daughter, Rebecca Willard Heatley, turned a series of talks given by her late father on Psalm 23 into a book called Life Without Lack. In this episode, she talks about how the book was created as well as what the reader can expect.


Tiffany Malloy
About the Author: Tiffany Malloy
Tiffany Malloy is the Pastor of Blackhawk Downtown Team Development. Tiffany and her family landed in Madison in 2013 for her husband to attend graduate school. When she’s not managing her crazy (awesome) kids, Tiffany loves reading, running, and blogging about all things faith and books.