Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

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by Arthur G. Bennett (Editor)



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ISBN-13: 9780851518213
Publisher: Banner of Truth
Publication date: 11/28/2003
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 60,998
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a believer for over 40 years and have found this collection of short, two page prayers written in King James style English to far surpass the classic daily devotional books from the Great Awakening of the 1800's and the currently popular quarterly and monthly periodical devotionals of the the Methodist, Presbyterian and Evangelical traditions.  There are plenty of devotional thoughts and challenges to greater devotion to the Christian life; and by being in the format of prayers the encouragement to apply the devotions is immediate because the thoughts are incorporated into your prayer.  I find these prayers most useful and beautiful when read aloud even if being used in personal and private devotions. Also being leather bound I think it would be an excellent gift for those who enjoy King James English and are seriously devote.
Mariacc2 More than 1 year ago
This book contains some of the most beautifully written prayers that I have ever read. In keeping with Puritan tradition, you will find that these prayers are filled with theology as well as a passion for a spirit-led and spirit-filled life. The depth and richness of each prayer is overwhelming. I am greatly moved each time I read one. I am grateful that Arthur G. Bennett created such a powerful compilation of prayers. This book is a treasure.
tiffleeanderson on LibraryThing 8 months ago
What a treasure of beautiful prayers and praises to God. I have referenced them on many occasion during specific times in my life and found them very comforting and convicting.
kennicon on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is the greatest book of its kind. I read it every day prior to my time of private worship. The puritans are the prophets of today -- this will help you to see and savor the supremacy of Christ in all of life.
andrewlovesoldbooks on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Beautiful. Collection of prayers by eloquent men who had a deep love and respect for God.
MrJack on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Have you ever heard someone pray and said to yourself, "I wish I could pray like that?" It was not ornate words or fresh expressions that caught your attention. No, it was something else -- there was something worshipful and availing in the prayer that transported you to the throne of God. Such are the puritan prayers in The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett (2009).The prayers in this book fit my definition of best practices, to wit, practical techniques gained from observation and experience that others may use to improve internal processes.The concept of best practices originated in the mundane world of business management and soon expanded to include sales, manufacturing, and programming software. Before long, best practices made their way into other commonplace domains, such as, teaching/education, performance engineering, pollution control, local governance, road construction, health care, insurance, accounting, and so on. But long before any of these everyday best practices were conceived and published, puritan prayers had already passed the test of time to become standards of excellence in the sphere of Christian devotions. These are the prayers of mortal men rising above their frailty: Richard Baxter, David Brainerd, John Bunyan, Philip Doddridge, Christmas Evans, William Jay, Henry Law, William Romain, Thomas Shepard, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Augustus M. Toplady, Thomas Watson, Isaac Watts, and William Williams -- puritans all.Please take this review as a challenge. Try reading the following puritan prayer in the absence of spiritual feeling. If you are a devoted believer, I daresay it can't be done.Evening PraiseGiver of all, another day is ended and I take my place beneath my great redeemer's cross, where healing streams continually descend, where balm is poured into every wound, where I wash anew in the all-cleansing blood, assured that Thou seest in me no spots of sin. Yet a little while and I shall go to Thy home and be no more seen; help me to gird up the loins of my mind, to quicken my step, to speed as if each moment were my last, that my life be joy, my death glory.I thank Thee for the temporal blessings of this world¿the refreshing air, the light of the sun, the food that renews strength, the raiment that clothes, the dwelling that shelters, the sleep that gives rest, the starry canopy of night, the summer breeze, the flowers' sweetness, the music of flowing streams, the happy endearments of family, kindred, friends. Things animate, things inanimate, minister to my comfort. My cup runs over. Suffer me not to be insensible to these daily mercies. Thy hand bestows blessings: Thy power averts evil. I bring my tribute of thanks for spiritual graces, the full warmth of faith, the cheering presence of Thy Spirit, the strength of Thy restraining will, Thy spiking of hell's artillery. Blessed be my sovereign Lord!The Valley of Vision, 224-225.
vg2001 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Really, just one word: Wow. This is a must-own for every believer. The depth and specificity of each prayer will be an encouragement, example, and lesson to the reader. Your own prayer life will be deepened as you listen in on the heart cries of those who've walked worthy before us.
lgfarlow on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A superb devotional. The spiritual depth of these puritan Christians comes through on every page and calls us to be more devoted in our own walk with the Lord.
RealMcCoyB More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. The prayers will help you understand that praying is more than a giving God a wish list or asking for His general blessings of some one or some group. The language does remind one of  the King James Bible English, but it is very understandable. Remember that the KJV was written to be read aloud. These prayers cover a multitude of occasions for today though the prayers are from many decades ago. Read them, pray them, and marvel at how they fit life today. These are Kingdom prayers. While we should pray for individual needs, wants too, we need to remember that we need to include prayers that God's will be done, and it is His will that all should come to a saving knowledge of who Jesus  the Christ is. I have this in the paperback version, but am getting myself a leather bound copy and plan to have it imprinted. 
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