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Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night: A Morning and Evening Prayer Book Hardcover – October 29, 2012


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About the Author

Jeanie Gushee, a published poet, holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the College of William and Mary. Collecting prayers for her own morning and evening devotions, Jeanie felt her personal prayers often lacked breadth, depth, beauty, and unselfishness. After having filled multiple notebooks with prayers over the course of seven years, she realized she could perhaps help others by turning her prayer collection into a devotional book.



David Gushee, PhD, is a well-known Christian ethicist who serves as distinguished university professor of Christian ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. His published works include the award-winning Kingdom Ethics and Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust. He is a regular contributor to the editorial page ofUSA Today and a contributing editor for Christianity Today.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849964482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849964480
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall, I would highly recommend this book for personal devotional use.
Will
This is a morning and evening prayer book so each page is devoted to a day of the year.
Happy
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson, Inc., through their Booksneeze program.
Cecelia L. Lester

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on November 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Yours is the Day, Lord, Yours is the Night by Jeanie & David Gushee is a daily devotional prayer book for Christians. If you need help with praying each day, this is just the type of book that can help you find a good prayer for each morning and evening.

I try to make time each day to pray, but in all honesty, it doesn't seem to always happen. I never found anything that would make me get into a good habit of praying each day at a certain time, until I started using this book. It is designed for each day of the year for you to pray in the morning with the first prayer, and then later in the evening with the second prayer for the day. The prayers featured in this devotional aren't too long, but long enough to get something out of and reflect on your life with each one.

Yours is the Day, Lord, Yours is the Night is a very good prayer book for Christians. I enjoy using it to help guide my prayers. If you need a little guidance or help praying each day, this would be a great book for you to read. I also think it would make a very nice gift for a Christian to receive as well. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Yours is the Day, Lord, Yours is the Night, Thomas Nelson, for providing me with a copy of this book for review as part of their Book Sneeze program. All opinions expressed are my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sally Rodriguez on October 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As my review is the first I feel challenged.
I chose the book for 2 reasons, one it is about prayer and second, it has prayers prayed by people through the times.

The title being a prayer itself caught my attention.
In the introduction the Gushee's say the prayers were to be a part of personal prayer.
Whenever asked to pray and when in private prayer I find myself at a loss for words, and enjoyed the simplicity of the prayers in this book, giving me the words, setting across a need I had not though of for the day.
The prayers are short, insightful, obviously selected and arranged for the time of the year. And how nice to read a prayer Charles Spurgeon prayed, or the prayers of Gregory the Great. There is a thread that weaves throughout the book linking Christians in our prayer life from 540 till today!

Elizabeth Anne Seton's prayer, Lord, strengthen my soul, so that so many firm resolutions may be more than mere words. Amen. Said on one eventful evening during her life 1774 to 1821 is so appropriate for the month of January and well and truly appropriate for us today.

I like having the Calendar of Movable Holy Days from 2013 through to 2012.The Calendar and the selection of prayers joins all Christians just as prayer does.

I received this book for review from Booksneeze.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Will on December 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night, the authors engage the reader in the world of written prayer. Coming from a primitive faith tradition, rote prayer has always been something which fascinated me but seemed very foreign to my faith experience. Jeanie Gushee, accompanied by her husband, David, introduces the reader to literally hundreds of prayers from across a broad spectrum of the Christian faith. The prayers are arranged day-by-day through the calendar year beginning with January 1 and ending on December 31. In addition to being arranged by the days and months of the year, the readings are also based around the liturgical calendar that many Christian traditions observe. Readings for Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter are placed on their corresponding days for 2013 (a chart is given for following years for the movable holy days). Each day contains two prayers: one prayer for morning reading to start the day and a second prayer for the evening to close the day. The content of the prayers reflects the time of year and time of day in which they are to be read. By far the best aspect of the book to me was the broad pool from which the prayers were drawn. From the writings of the Old Testament to contemporary Christian leaders and everything in between, the book provided a wide-open look at Christianity's varied prayer traditions. Catholic, Coptic and Eastern Rite prayers were included in addition to the expected Protestant prayers. The authors emphasize that the prayers are to stimulate and motivate personal prayer rather than replace it.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book for personal devotional use. I have already purchased the book again to give as a gift for Christmas. Any Christian wanting to feel apart of the flowing stream of our faith's history I believe could appreciate this book.

Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather King on December 13, 2012
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I didn't grow up in a liturgical church, so the idea of using a prayer book, such as Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night: A Morning and Evening Prayer Book, is new to me. In fact, it's really a bit revolutionary. I've always attended churches that emphasized personal faith, spontaneous prayers, and emotional involvement or passion. In other words, spiritual disciplines that help my faith remain fresh, alive and real.

For that, I'm truly thankful. I'm not about to abandon any of that. But about a month ago I began contemplating the beauty and value of using the prayers of saints throughout history, joining with believers who prayed passionately to God for hundreds of years.

The back copy of this prayer book emphasizes this: "They are intended not to replace your personal, spontaneous prayers but to serve as a springboard for them." Jeanie Gushee began the project simply by filling her own personal journals with prayers that she had collected from various sources. She and her husband now present those same prayers to us for use in our own personal devotions.

Each day includes a brief morning prayer and an evening prayer from a great variety of sources: Caedmon, The Bible itself, the Book of Common Prayer, Augustine, Charles Spurgeon, John Calvin, Alexander Pope, poets, kings, saints, and pastors. The entries are organized around the liturgical calendar.

I am reminded continually that it is important to remember that salvation isn't new to 21st century Christians. Connecting with the past reminds us anew that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
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