Saturday, November 29, 2014

Book Review: Evening Prayers For Every Day of the Year

Evening Prayers For Every Day of the Year

Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

It's been a while since I've done a book review because I've been so very busy reading books for seminary that I haven't been able to keep up with it. That said, when this title popped up, I couldn't resist. I'm very interested in spiritual disciplines and regular prayers. I find books like this provide a wealth of ways to get into the habit of prayer when you're just not sure where to start.

This is a revised edition of a book that has been around for a while and has proven itself. Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt offers a book of 365 scripture snippets and accompanying evening prayers. Each one is labeled for the day. The prayers are thoughtful and lovely. He never intended publication of these prayers, they were prayers used in devotions with friends and family. There is a pastoral, kind quality to them.

This book is a great help in a variety of settings. It would be appropriate for individual use, family devotions, church meetings, classes, etc. Because there is scripture connected with each prayer, it would be easy to develop a simple liturgy of Scripture, reflection, and prayer based around this book for family use.

This book is one that is going to travel to my office at the church and will live there for a while as a source for prayers in meetings and counseling and for personal prayer and reflection as well. But it's not just for pastors. Every Christian needs a habit of prayer and devotion and a simple book like this is a perfect way to begin developing such a habit.

*I received this book as a review copy from the publisher. That in no way affected my review, however. I'm never shy about saying I don't like a book I don't like. I truly like this one. 

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