The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions (2020)

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions Arthur Bennett The Valley of Vision A Collection of Puritan Prayers 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
  • Title: The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions
  • Author: Arthur Bennett
  • ISBN: 9780851518213
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Leather Bound
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions Arthur Bennett 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 prayeThe 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.
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  1. 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 often devolve into narcissism this has definitely been my experience , but that the formal, written prayers refocus her on God This book is a great example of the benefit of written prayers My own free form prayers often send me down a rabbit hole of my own personal worries and burdens worries and burdens [...]

  2. Mike

    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 these good folk know how to pray The prayers are short 2 pages apiece in my edition and one could easily read the entire book in a few days, but there is so much to ponder and meditate on that I limited myself to no than 6 pages per reading session This is a book that I will be coming back to time a [...]

  3. 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 make their prayers my own I only wish I knew which Puritans wrote them as the book doesn t tell you Here are some of my favorite prayers May my words and works allure others to the highest walks of faith and love.Teach me the happy art of attending to things temporal with a mind intent on things eterna [...]

  4. 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 speak each word as if my final word, and walk each step as my final one If my life should end today, let this be my best day.

  5. 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 content was so deep.

  6. 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.

  7. Leah H

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

  8. 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 represented are really solid Their prayers sometimes veered into the predictably puritanical introspection, but there were many glorious stretches where they were doing nothing of the kind There were many edifying phrases.

  9. 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 good examples of prayers The person who told me this was not wrong The language used by the writers of these prayers was beautiful and gave me much to think on In addition, I gathered many examples of how to incorporate Scripture into my prayer life If you too are looking for ways to enhance your praye [...]

  10. Linda

    The Valley of Vision is a collection of prayers, 195 in all, compiled by Arthur Bennett from various men from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, including John Bunyan, Thomas Watson, David Brainerd, Isaac Watts, Augustus Toplady, Philip Doddridge, and Charles Spurgeon, as well as others These short, devotional, poetic prayers are a wonderful way to start and or end each day They would serve well for private, personal devotions and meditation, or for family worship.The prayers in this collection [...]

  11. Mark

    I find myself returning to this volume again and again When my spirit withers and I am parched in the desert where there is no water, I come to the stream with expectation and drink my fill But time passes and the journey continues and I must return for Often I need a different spot because you can t always get back the same way That s okay because there are plenty of verses and prayers They are thematically linked but different enough to show me refreshing new scenes on my way to see Jesus I r [...]

  12. Zachary McIntire

    Never did finish this, because I was using it as a daily devotional while it was borrowed from the library, which didn t work very well, because I ran out of time I kept meaning to get it back out, but haven t gotten around to it yet, as other devotional books I own have since captured my attention Still, I would like to finish it sometime, as it is quite inspiring I eventually started praying the prayers aloud, which was my first experience reading prewritten prayers, and I found the experience [...]

  13. Becky

    I could see how people might be intimidated by Valley of Vision Why Two reasons First, it is a collection of poems Some people do really love poetry, the experience of reading feeling a poem But others not so much Some poems can be really hard to unpack and understand Sometimes poems leave you feeling disconnected, like you just can t relate Second, all of the poems are by Puritans Within some Christian circles, there s a celebration an appreciation of Puritans So the fact that this book is a co [...]

  14. Bill

    The Valley of Vision is an edited collection of prayers written by Puritan authors from the 16th to 19th centuries e.g Thomas Watson, Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, Isaac Watts, David Brainerd, C.H Spurgeon This book has been a rich source of encouragement and food for my soul as I ve read a prayer each day over the last 2 or 3 years How can there possibly be 400 pages 200 prayers in a such a little book I should have bought the paperback, the thin paper in the leather bound edition I have is dece [...]

  15. Melissa

    A wonderful book of prayers Great quiet time companion book.The Valley of Vision Prayer Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious sou [...]

  16. Scott Head

    Hardly a Christian prays such a well conceived and considered prayer as a Puritan elder This collection is a treasure of good doctrine poured out to heaven with fervency Following Christ s model prayer, these prayers take the reader or listener, there is an exceptional audio version into the world of reverent awe, total dependency upon God, and humble petitions made to an all sovereign Lord.Want to learn how to pray, all the while learning about He to whom we pray Get a copy, enjoy it, and treas [...]

  17. Kevin

    A wonderful collection of prayers that I will without a doubt return to again and again Walking through this book has been a profound help in strengthening my own personal prayer life What Arthur Bennett has done in compiling these prayers and devotions has had a impact greater than he himself ever could have imagined Each prayer is steeped in Scripture, filled with sound doctrine and, most importantly, points to Christ The Puritans writings have had an impact on my Christian life greater than a [...]

  18. Wade

    This is a great collection of prayers, from a passionate and praying people known as the Puritans mainly 15th and 16th Century in England and New England The man who collected these prayers, Arthur Bennett, advises people in the Introductory section of the book that The Valley of Vision is not intended to be read as a prayer manual The soul learns to pray by praying He said that the prayers should be like springboards for the individual s own prayer subjects That s what these prayers can do for [...]

  19. Megan Larson

    Some books should be able to have a higher plane for ratings than ordinary books For example, the Bible should get infinity stars It s not even on a continuum with other literature And this book, while not in the same realm as the Bible, is so firmly grounded in Truth as to be powerful than any other devotional work I have encountered I will never stop reading it as a part of my own devotional times it is immensely rich with an intermingling of solid, deep doctrine and heartfelt emotion which s [...]

  20. Drgiv

    Deep and reflective prayers, logically organized I used this as part of my daily time with God for nearly a year, and it has been nourishing to my soul Now I am going to start back at the beginning The only thing I dislike is not having the prayers attributed to their authors It sounds like the editor, Arthur Bennett, modified some, if not all, also I guess that practice was common in 1975, when it was first published, but I found myself wondering, was that the prayer of Richard Baxter Or David [...]

  21. Nick Gibson

    A collection of Puritan devotions that astounds and convicts with its range of diction, intensity of piety, and complete surrender of self to Christ as Lord You will find something here for your own Christian life, even if it s a simple motivation to diligently take advantage of the great gift that is prayer On top of that, so many examples of a deliberate consideration of words offered to God is something that is desperately needed in our age of emotional, extemporaneous, and oft times ramblin [...]

  22. David Goetz

    The collection is well edited, with each prayer named and categorized helpfully and a brief bibliography The final section is A Week s Shared Prayers, which I ve gone through several times The prayers themselves are concise, well organized, theologically rich, existentially powerful, and full of ardor for the knowledge of the Triune God Often these prayers have stirred my affections and drawn out my own prayers to the God who, in the words of Torrance, is to be adored than expressed.

  23. Kathleen

    This little book is so incredibly helpful when the rivers of prayer run dry.which in my case so often do This inspiring book doesn t merely touch the heart, it scrapes it out, revealing the evil motives that lurk within, shining the light on our perpetual inconsistencies Valley of Vision is just that, it speaks to you in the valley most certainly gives clarity to your spiritual vision There s a good reason this book is still around will be for a long time to come

  24. Ryan Watkins

    The Valley of Vision is book of prayers written by various puritan and reformed authors I first read The Valley of Vision in October 2015 February 2016 I still regularly refer back to this book and will pray some of the prayers during my private worship Due to the old English, children and those with a lower reading level may struggle with some of the language This remains one of my favorite books and would highly recommend it.

  25. Linda

    I have been reading this book for over a month now but could easily read it for a lifetime a month is not long enough to truly appreciate its depth or message The few nuggets mined, called me to read , until it was realized this is no easy, quick read It will take time to study, mediate, and appreciate this collection of Puritan prayers Contemporary Christianity is no where near its profundity What a challenge it presents

  26. Lincoln Forlong

    As the title says, this is a collection of old, yet very true and wise prayers by godly people from the Puritan period.They are profoundly insightful and heart stirring These prayers wonderfully assist God s children in having deeper, meaningful thoughts of our Lord.Anyone wishing to develop shallow, flipant beliefs would find this an uncomfortable read.This is a seriously healthy read which can be returned to many times over many years, and without disappointment.

  27. Josue Manriquez

    This has got to be one of the best if not the best collection of prayers They re so encouraging and humbling and God exalting This is also not one of those books that you read and store away in your bookshelf you gotta return to it often, even daily, to read a prayer or two and make them your own.

  28. Jerry

    Prayer should be a CAT scan of the soul, and these gleanings from Puritan spiritual doctors deliver Selections from Baxter, Watson, Brooks, Spurgeon and I would have like to know the specific sources for the individual prayers, but still this is a wonderful work I should have gotten to earlier We are reading them out loud now.

  29. Elaine Mazzo

    Even though this is in my read section, it is a book that can be read over and over again These prayers focus my own prayers heavenward and really give me a vision to see how to pray and what to pray High recommended

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