Fruit for the Soul: Luther on the Lament Psalms
"Martin Luther learned to love the Psalms as a monk, and this passion marked his life as a reformer as well. In this masterful study of Luther's engagement with the psalms of lament, Dennis Ngien takes us to the heart of Luther's spirituality and his lifelong wrestling with God."
Beeson Divinity School
"The Psalms provided Luther with the vocabulary for his evangelical theology. In Fruit for the Soul, Dennis Ngien demonstrates how the Reformer lived within the world of these psalms which give voice to both terror and consolation. Ngien is a sure-footed guide for those seeking to understand Luther not only as a controversial figure in the history of the church but as a Christian beset with affliction and temptation who is enabled by these psalms to speak comfort to those whose lives are darkened by the apparent absence of God. This book is a welcome addition not only to Luther scholarship but to pastoral theology."
—John T. Pless
Concordia Theological Seminary
"The psalmists express the high delight and deep despair of believers in all times, for their songs translate easily into every time and place. The laments of the psalmists found particularly insightful interpretation and application in the lectures and preaching of Martin Luther. Ngien carries Luther’s use of these psalms effectively into the North American environment of today and provides readings of Luther that will be useful for personal meditation and as homiletical helps."
Emeritus, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis