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Book of Common Prayer, Pew, Black Hardcover – 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1001 pages
  • Publisher: The Church Hymnal Corporation (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898690811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898690811
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
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By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 9, 2011
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The Book of Common Prayer (1979) is the latest, complete BCP used by the American branch of the Anglicans, the Episcopal church. There have been many books that have had the title 'Book of Common Prayer' since the first one appeared in 1549; it has been used continuously in one edition or another in the Anglican tradition since 1559; the 'main' edition remains the 1662 edition. The American church modified the Book of Common Prayer for its own use beginning shortly after the Revolutionary War -- this book is the successor of a long and worthy tradition.

A bishop in the Episcopal church once said to me, 'We don't have a theology that we have to believe -- what we have is the prayerbook.' Please forgive the absence of context for this phrase -- while he would say that this statement in isolation is an exaggeration, and I would agree, nonetheless his statement serves to highlight both the importance of and the strength of the Book of Common Prayer.

To be an Anglican (in the United States, read Episcopalian for the same in the context of this article), one does not have to subscribe to any particular systematic theological framework. One does not have to practice a particular brand of liturgical style. One does not have to have an approved politico-theological viewpoint. One can be a conservative, liberal or moderate; one can be high church, low church, or broad; one can be charismatic, evangelical, or mainline traditional -- one can be any number of things in a rich diversity of choices, and the Book of Common Prayer can still be the book upon which spirituality and worship is centred.

The Book of Common Prayer is not, in fact, a book that changed my life. It is a book that changes my life.
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Paging is different than the original book, which creates problems. Page numbers are an important reference during the course of Episcopal servicces.
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While this is a far superior product to previous Kindle editions of the Book of Common Prayer, I am surprised that one cannot search by or "go to" a page number. Countless Episcopalians know where things are in the BCP by their page number. Plus if one wanted to use this during worship, being able to jump to a page number would make it easier to use.

A grand improvement, but missing one rather key feature.
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This is an almost faithful reproduction of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer (The Episcopal Church). Unfortunately, it was created using the "% location" format used in most Kindle books. This makes it impossible to use the cross references in the rubrics (which are not hyperlinked). Thus, this edition is not usable for worship, or even for study and preparation. The PDF version of the Book of Common Prayer works better.
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Th book of Common Prayer is just what I needed. This edition with the Revised Common Lectionary is great.
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I have two Kindle versions of the BCP, both the one by Episcopal Church and Christian Miracle Foundation Press (EC for short) as well as the one by Church Publishing (CP). I feel like they each have pros and cons, and I'm happy to have both. I'm placing this same review in both locations.

I prefer the formatting in the CP; it's a bit cleaner. However, the EC includes the page numbers which, while it can be disruptive while reading, certainly helps me to find a particular page quickly.

The Table of Contents in the CP is short and easy to navigate while the one in the EC is very long and takes forever to get through. So the CP TOC will get you to a general area of the book, while the EC TOC will get you to exactly the spot that you want. I don't use the TOC often because I just bookmark all the main spots that I want to get to quickly.

One thing that I love about the EC is that in the Daily Office Lectionary, the Psalms readings are hyperlinked to the Psalter, making it very easy to move back and forth between the two sections of the book.

Both books occasionally crash the Kindle app, but it does seem like the CP version does it more often.

If I had to choose only one (which, realistically, I should have), it would be the EC version. I find that its pros outweigh its cons, and it's less than a third of the price of the CP version.
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I found it helpful during deployment to stay grounded in faith and help keep my sanity. A great addition to just reading the bible.
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It took me a while to go Kindle, but it's nice to have the BCP in such a compact, portable form. I use it for traveling mainly, when carrying a bunch of books becomes unwieldy. I advise bookmarking ahead of time, since the pages on Kindle don't match the pages we are so accustomed to opening.
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