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Luther's Prayers Paperback – August 1, 1994
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This is a collection of 185 prayers by Martin Luther arranged topically with a few brief comments by the editor, Herbert Brokering. The best guide to its use is in Luther's advice to his barber on how an ordinary person could pray without distraction: "I do not want you to recite all these words in your prayer. That would make it nothing but idle chatter and prattle. Rather do I want your heart to be stirred and guided concerning the thoughts which ought to be comprehended in the Lord's Prayer." This may look like a handy collection of prayers for every occasion, but it is more properly an introduction to Luther, for whom life itself was a prayer, and through Luther to a conversational style of prayer "without ceasing." The indexes will prove useful for those who take the editor's suggestion and read the prayers as a commentary on Luther's catechism. The collection itself is a good introduction to Luther's style and the rhythm of his language; he was an ordinary person with an extraordinarily undistracted approach to prayer. Steve Schroeder
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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1) The cover shown is not the same as the cover on the book I received.
2) While the paper is acid free, the printing seems to have been photo-copied over and over. It's blurry.
3) There is no citation as to where any prayer came from, i.e., which edition of Luther's works, whether originally in German or Latin.
4) While this edition was published by Augsburg in 1994, it is a reprint of a book by a different publisher published in 1967.
5) After all, these prayers were composed in the sixteenth century so they sound a little antiquated.
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