McCann provides an interesting treatment of the Psalms by discussing categories (prayer, praise) through the development of selected psalms. McCann provides background data and occasional linguistic (Hebrew words) comments when examining a psalm but the emphasis is on the message of the psalm and its setting in Israel and the Psalter. The author views the Psalms from a Christian perspective but, since he is from the liberal tradition, (his note) the New Testament authors (including Jesus) only refer to or develop the psalms; since there is no prophecy and fulfillment in the Psalter. McCann integrates other literature into his discussion as examples and is quite conversant with recent developments among scholars in Psalms studies. The book does not develop theological matters as much as one might like; especially considering the title, but it is quite thorough and informative. McCann's last chapter, "The Psalms and Jesus Christ," should be read both at the beginning and the end of the book to give the reader his full perspective.