Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions (Bonded Leather) Leather Bound – November 1, 1975
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The Valley of Vision (Bonded Leather)
The strength of Puritan character and life lay in prayer and meditation. In this practice the spirit of prayer was regarded as of first importance and the best form of prayer, for living prayer is the characteristic of genuine spirituality. Yet prayer is also vocal and may therefore on occasions be written. Consequently in the Puritan tradition there are many written prayers and meditations which constitute an important corpus of inspiring devotional literature. Too often ex tempore prayer lacks variety, order and definiteness. The reason for this lies partly in a neglect of due preparation. It is here that the care and scriptural thoroughness which others found necessary in their approach to God may be of help. This book has been prepared not to ‘supply’ prayers but to prompt and encourage the Christian as he treads the path on which others have gone before.
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'The prayers in The Valley of Vision are steeped in Scripture, yet never succumb to mere formula. They are theologically fresh and vibrant, yet they are rooted in confessionalism. They range over a huge sweep of Christian experience and devotion, but they are never merely esoteric or cute. They brim with deep emotion and transparent passion, but they carefully avoid mere sentimentalism. This is a book that teaches readers to pray by example.' -- D.A. CARSON
'The Valley of Vision is a wonderful collection of Puritan prayers which both help to shape and inform our own private devotions and, perhaps more importantly, aid pastors as they seek to lead their congregations in prayer and into the presence of God.'
'I cannot commend enough The Valley of Vision, which is a compilation of over two-hundred pages of Puritan prayers (each of which are one page in length). I pray through one of these prayers every day. Sometimes the prayers are so meaningful and relevant that I will pray through the same prayer for days. This is a wonderful aid to supplement one s own prayers. Indeed, these prayers will also teach one how to pray, and, at the same time, they teach theological truth. I cannot think of any Christian who would not benefit from these prayers.'
'It's amazing how frequently the prayers from the little book The Valley of Vision show up in our worship services. The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers, and I would put them in that category. That is, they are thoughtful, reflective, and meditative. They're even written in a certain kind of cadence, if you've ever noticed, which is probably very intentional, so that they might be used in corporate settings. But they came out of a deep heart of communion with God.' -- JOHN PIPER
About the Author
- Publisher : Banner of Truth (November 1, 1975)
- Language : English
- Leather Bound : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0851518214
- ISBN-13 : 978-0851518213
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.5 x 0.75 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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 content is another aspect of this volume’s beauty. They chose well when they used “Valley of Vision” as the title poem. You’ll like this book as much as I do, I’m very sure.
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Great to use personally or corporately this collection is a treasure trove of God exalting prayers. It lifts the Christians eyes to the cross and the God of heaven and will be a rich blessing to all who pick it up. I only wish I had known about it sooner.
This is a great introduction to the puritans and the way they write. There is a deep honesty in the prayers of contrition that we would expect to hear from someone truly convicted of their sin. One entry titled ‘Purification’ contains the following words: ‘Lord Jesus, I sin – Grant that I may never cease grieving because of it….Deliver me Attachment from things unclean…that with self-loathing, deep contrition, earnest heart searching, I may come to thee, cast myself on thee, trust in thee, cry to thee and be delivered by thee.’
In this book are collections of prayers and thoughts titled: ‘God the all’, ‘Divine Mercies’, ‘Praise and Thanksgiving’ and ‘Fullness in Christ’. There is truly a ‘song for every season’.
‘The Valley of Vision’ has been one of the best purchases I have ever made and it has assisted my prayers and how I bring my sins and worries to the Lord. I pray that it will do the same for you.
Soli Deo Gloria
Like another reviewer, I would have liked to know the author of each prayer.
Occasionally, it is difficult to know exactly what is meant but after a little thought they reveal their treasures. An excellent stimulus to prayer and meditation.
The quality of the book binding etc is that usually found in Bibles and the Book of Common Prayer.
Only one complaint: I wish that the authors of each prayer had been identified