The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

The strength of Puritan character and life lay in prayer and meditation. In this practice the spirit of prayer was regarded as of first importance and the best form of prayer, for living prayer is the characteristic of genuine spirituality. Yet prayer is also vocal and may therefore on occasions be written. Consequently in the Puritan tradition there are many written prayers and meditations which constitute an important corpus of inspiring devotional literature. Too often ex tempore prayer lacks variety, order and definiteness. The reason for this lies partly in a neglect of due preparation. It is here that the care and scriptural thoroughness which others found necessary in their approach to God may be of help. This book has been prepared not to 'supply' prayers but to prompt and encourage the Christian as he treads the path on which others have gone before.

Title:The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780851512280
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  • Alexis Neal

    Quite possibly the best book I've read all year. These prayers are amazing. In Mudhouse Sabbath, Lauren Winner talks about the benefit of a formal prayer book. She notes that her free-form prayers oft...

  • Michael

    This incredible volume is so theologically dense that it will take a lifetime of readings to fathom its depths. This is a book of prayers written by anonymous Puritans from centuries ago. But, boy, do...

  • Heather

    This book is a collection of excerpts from different Puritan writers arranged as prayers and organized by category. I have been reading a prayer a day with my devotions and have found it helpful to ma...

  • Laura Anne

    It's amazing that Puritan prayers from hundreds of years ago are still so applicable and powerful in modern times. My favorite of the collection is "Morning Dedication," which ends this way: "May I sp...

  • Jeff Elliott

    One of my favorite works! Putting words to prayers I cold only dream of praying. Immensely encouraging, challenging and inspirational!It took me a long time to work through it because the wealth of co...

  • Ellen

    One of the most influential books in shaping my walk with Christ over the past four years. Will continue to read and re-read... many jewels here. ...

  • Leah H

    The book I read, re-read and read again. My lifetime favorite. Stirs the soul and engages the affections. ...

  • Douglas Wilson

    Good. First read it in 2002. Listened to an audio version of it narrated by Max McLean in 2015. That was good too. McLean's reading is good, although it sometimes borders on creepy. The Puritans repre...

  • librarian4Him02

    This is a collection of prayers and meditations which the editor gleaned from Puritan writings. I picked this one up because I was doing a year-long study on prayer and was told this book contained go...

  • Abby Jones

    I'm not sure if there is a more beautiful book of poetry in existance. The out pouring of love, adoration, begging for mercy, prayer for every element of life, brutal honesty found in these verses is ...