A Diary of Private Prayer

A Diary of Private Prayer

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by John Baillie
     
 

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Editor Susanna Wright offers this updated edition of a Christian devotional classic—invoking the daily prayers and timeless imagery of the original text through modern, accessible language.

In this wonderful collection, famed theologian Dr. John Baillie shares personal prayers for people who are seeking a better understanding of God and themselves.

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Editor Susanna Wright offers this updated edition of a Christian devotional classic—invoking the daily prayers and timeless imagery of the original text through modern, accessible language.

In this wonderful collection, famed theologian Dr. John Baillie shares personal prayers for people who are seeking a better understanding of God and themselves. Organized by morning and evening—with special prayers for Sundays—A Diary of Private Prayer is written with eloquence, piety, and directness. Blending praise and meditative thoughts about God with a concern for the social and individual good, these daily invocations help and inspire us to search our inner selves and find the deep religious beliefs that lie within.

First published in 1936, A Diary of Private Prayer remains a seminal Christian devotional with more than a million copies in print. This modern edition—completely redesigned into a gift package—admirably preserves all the qualities of the original, ensuring that the wisdom of God and the wonder of Baillie’s prayers remain accessible for many generations to come.

Editorial Reviews

Mark Batterson
"This new edition of John Baillie's classic is a wonderful resource for anyone wishing to go deeper in their prayer life. The beauty of language, depth of meaning and scope of subject is extraordinary. I recommend this new edition to all who wish to see their daily prayer life expanded and blessed."
Pete Greig
“When this book was first published almost one hundred years ago it was quickly recognised as a classic of devotional writing, and I’m delighted that Susanna Wright is now making it available and accessible to a new generation of readers seeking resources to help them grow in prayer.”
Michael Jinkins
"The adjective "venerable" ought be reserved for those classics that have stood the test of generations. John Baillie's "A Diary of Private Prayer" has surely earned this title. This classic of Christian spirituality has been in constant use since its publication in 1949. Thousands of men and women have found comfort, wisdom and challenge in Baillie's prayers, rendered utterly without pretense. My own dog-eared copy of the "Diary" has been a companion since college days. But even the most ardent fan of this classic has longed for an edition that speaks with a fresh, contemporary voice, precisely the voice Baillie employed in his own time. We can be grateful to Susanna Wright for the respect with which she has handled Baillie's prayers, and the reverence with which she ushers us into the presence of God. If it is ever proper to speak of a new classic - and one surely should do so only with great care - it is possible to speak of Wright's new edition of John Baillie's "Diary."'
Jane Williams
"Prayer is the language of faith. Like any other language, the best way to learn it is to listen to native speakers and practice. In this book, the beginner will find ideas, words and patterns that will help to guide and grow their own prayer life; and those who have been praying for longer will find fresh inspiration. But most importantly, all who use this book will draw closer to the God who came to speak to us in our language so that we may learn his."
Nicky Gumbel
"The Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie sold over a million copies and blessed many Christians over the last century. This contemporary version will open it up to a new generation and will be a great aid to prayer for those starting out on their prayer lives as well as to long standing Christians."
Rev. Dr. Graham Tomlin
“Susanna Wright has done contemporary Christians a great service by making John’s Baillie’s classic available and accessible to a new generation. The prayers in this book will deepen, enrich and transform anyone who prays them seriously.”
David Fergusson
"Since its initial publication in 1936, The Diary of Private Prayer has become established as a modern spiritual classic. Now translated into several languages, it has become the best-selling work of any Scottish theologian. The Diary's breadth of subject matter, felicity of language, and simple piety have impressed its many readers at different times and in diverse circumstances. This updated edition admirably preserves all these qualities while ensuring that John Baillie's Diary will continue to be accessible to another generation."
Morgan P. Hayes
"A fresh and helpful answer to the perennial cry of humanity, 'Teach us to pray."
Library Journal
07/01/2014
Teacher/preacher Baillie's classic Christian devotional, first published in 1936, claims more than a million copies in print. Now, theologian Wright has updated it for modern readers. A nice, new package overall.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476754703
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
113,457
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

John Baillie was a teacher, lecturer, preacher, and author of many books, including Christian Devotion, The Place of Jesus Christ in Modern Christianity, and A Diary of Readings. He held academic posts in the UK, the US, and Canada; was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; and President of the World Council of Churches. He died in 1960.

Susanna Wright is a theologian dedicated to working and sharing her life with poor communities on the edge of society. She lives in London with her husband, a pastor in the Church of England, and their two children.

Susanna Wright is a theologian dedicated to working and sharing her life with poor communities on the edge of society. She lives in London with her husband, a pastor in the Church of England, and their two children.

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A Diary of Private Prayer 4.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Beautifully written prayers. Such a gift to have this guide for morning and evening prayer. Prayers are humble and give praise to God. Love this and will read many times for sure.
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I love this little prayer book--the old language, the sincerity, and the humility of the writer. His words hit just the right thoughts I should have in my prayer life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and the language is perfect the way it is. Its a beautiful poetic old style. But you could update it yourself like someone said earlier if you wanted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Update the language and the book is a true blessing. In fact, it was a wonderful experience updating it myself for my own use.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended as an addition to my prayer life. It is a bit hard to follow like the KJ version of the bible but it serves the purpose
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My father was first given a copy of this little book by a missionary friend in 1959 and carried it with him constantly. I received a copy from him and it has been at my bedside for 20 years. Somehow the spirit and depth of Baille's prayers pass beyond the burden of the classical 'thy' and 'thou' that he uses, to capture the deepest essence of meaningful prayer life. I have subsequently passed on many copies of this book to others, all with uniform delight.