Come and See: David and the Psalms (Come and See Catholic Bible Study)

  • by  Laurie Manhardt Ph.D. and Father Joseph Ponessa S.S.D.
  • Paperback: 208 pages  ($15 to $20)
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing (July 1, 2006)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931018371


This first item to mention about this book is that it is a “Study Bible” about both David and the Psalms. It is possible to just read the chapters in the book and learn quite a lot, however the maximum learning experience comes from completing all the assignments at the end of each chapter.  The individual chapters will provide the reader a good basic knowledge of the background of the David and the Psalms. It is in the completion of the assignments where an in-depth understanding grows, of not only David and the Psalms, but of the historical context in which the writing of the Psalms take place. This historical context begins with the Book of Ruth and continues into 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel.  This study Bible make clear that the Psalms are the prayer of the Lord’s people. The prayer of the Lord’s people for all time: 3000 years ago as well as today and into the future.

The book is sized the same as a standard 8 1/2″ by 11″ sheet of paper, a great format for a workbook.  The font size is large and easy to read.  Good quality paper makes highlighting and writing in the book easy to do.  The format of the book is designed in a way that the book can be used in a group setting, or as an individual.  The chapters of the book provide enough material that one could spend a year learning about the Psalms, or as little as a month.  If you are thinking about starting a Bible study group at your church, this book would be perfect.  All the work for course materials is already done, and learning about the Bible and prayer at the same time is an extra benefit.

I spent approximately six weeks learning about David and the Psalms with this book (and I am happy I did). I take away from this study a deep appreciation for the Psalms and a sense of profound gratitude that God has given His people such a wonderful prayer book contained within the Bible. I recommend this to anyone wishing to learn either a little or a lot about the book of the Bible that that Catechism of the Catholic Church calls “the masterwork of prayer in the Old Testament.” (CCC 2585)
Priced at $20, it is an excellent value.