This book is neither a translation nor a paraphrase of the Psalms. Rather, the aim has been to make the Psalms prayable for those who find stumbling blocks in many of them as they have been variously translated into English. There is much in the Psalms, written centuries ago, that still speaks to us today; but there are other passages that trouble us. We live in a world vastly different from that of the Psalmist. Jim Cotter's Psalms take today's realities into account by including reference to issues of concern to us now, while retaining the poetry and beauty of the original Psalms.