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The Still Hour or Communion With God
Austin Phelps (1820-1890) was a congregational minister, a professor of sacred rhetoric and homiletics, and later a president of Andover Theological Seminary. He wrote several books which were widely read, but none as much as "The Still Hour." Some of the subjects covered are quite unique, such as "Absence of God, in Prayer", "Unhallowed Prayer", "Distrust in Prayer", ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 5th 2005 by Solid Ground Christian Books
(first published 1859)
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I looked this book up after reading a short excerpt of it in another book. It was well worth finding. Austin Phelps begins with a concise survey of great Christians' prayer lives. That first chapter quickly leads one to recognize something important: that all "great" Christians prayed and even loved prayer. The author then goes on to diagnose numerous problems Christians face in prayer and explains how to address them. One thing I loved about this book was the emphasis on love and delight. Many ...more
Austin Phelps (1820 - 1890), American Congregational minister and educationalist.More about Austin Phelps...
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“Possibly our hearts are shockingly deceitful in such iniquity. Are we strangers to an experience like this — that when we mourn over our cold prayers as a misfortune, we evade a search of that disputed territory for the cause of them, through fear that we shall find it there, and we struggle to satisfy ourselves with an increase of spiritual duties which shall cost us no sacrifice?”
“The feeling which will become spontaneous with a Christian, under the influence of such a trust, is this: ‘I come to my devotions this morning, on an errand of real life. This is no romance and no farce. I do not come here to go through a form of words. I have no hopeless desires to express. I have an object to gain. I have an end to accomplish. This is a business in which I am about to engage.”More quotes…