- Paperback: 223 pages
- Publisher: The Banner of Truth Trust (November 1, 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0851512283
- ISBN-13: 978-0851512280
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 610 customer reviews
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The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions Paperback – November 1, 1975
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Bennett writes that the Puritan Movement was a religious phenomenon of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but its influence continued at least to the time of the great Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–92), who may be regarded as the last of the great Puritans. Bennett composed the first prayer himself. He tells us the authors and books he is quoting – from the works of Thomas Shepard, Thomas Watson, Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, Isaac Watts, William Williams, Philip Doddridge, William Romaine, David Brainerd, Augustus Toplady, Christmas Evans, William Jay, Henry Law and Charles Haddon Spurgeon – but he doesn’t tell us which works or author is associated with each individual prayer.
Bennett’s desire is that the publication of these prayers will help to introduce people of today to the Puritans and their writings. It is a wonderful resource to read in daily devotions, which is how I use it. Bennett states that the book is not intended to be read as a prayer manual. He writes that the soul learns to pray by praying. Thus, the prayers should be used as aspiration units, with the Puritan’s prayers becoming springboards for our own prayers. A final section of the book has been added for occasions of corporate worship.
This is a wonderful resource that I cannot recommend too highly to include as a part of your daily worship.
"Let angels sing for
Satan's captives released,
blind eyes opened,
the despondent cheered,
the self-righteous stripped,
the formalist driven from a refuge of lies,
the ignorant enlightened
and saints built up in their holy faith.
I ask great things of a great God."
The only "issue" I have with the book is the very unattractive cover, especially when it is meant as a gift.