A Diary of Private Prayer
In this book of personal devotions, noted theologian Dr. John Baillie offers personal prayers for people who are seeking a better understanding of ...more
Some favorite passages:
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But, there are certain books that I make exceptions for. My rule of thumb is to only purchase (or keep) a book if I can answer "Yes" to at least one of the following questions:
* Do I love this book so much that I intend to read it multiple times?
* Do I love this book so much that I intend to recommend/lend it to ...more
As an admitted logophile, I have long been assisted in my prayers by reading beautifully written prayers. The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer is, of course, one favorite. But recently I found John Baillie's magnificent A Diary of Private Prayer (first published in 1936). I first learned of it from Richard J. Foster's edited collection, Devotional Classics. Soon after this first discovery, I ordered a copy for myself, and soon after reading it myself I ordered more copies to give away to friends....more
There are many books available that are trying to be like this one. There are any number of books of prayers, books of days, themed collections, praying the scriptures, prayers of the saints or other celebrated personages.
In most cases these books fall short. They tend to be superficial in content and in depth of spiritual understanding.
This book is different.
The author was born in Scotland in 1886. A leading theologian he studied divinity at Edinburgh University, as wel ...more
The book contains 64 prayers, 31 days of morning and evening prayers and 2 prayers designated Sunday morning and Sunday evening.
The prayers are wonderfully diverse. They expand what I thank the Lord for and lead me into praying for things I don't normally pray about.
The format of the prayers vary, too. Sometimes Baillie will have you praying through Scripture verses, for instance.
Finally, the prayers are just really well-wri ...more
"Almighty God, who of Thine infinite wisdom hast ordained that I should live my life within these narrow bounds of time and circumstance, let me now go forth into the world with a brave and trustful heart. It has pleased Thee to withhold from me a ...more
I am challenged by the depth of the prayers and how much they pull me away from myself and towards a deeper sanctification in Christ. The author died in 1960 so these prayers were written about 50 years ago and reflect a different attitude in the church.
I recommend this to anyon ...more
Although Prayer is a deeply personal and individualistic endeavour, I couldn't help but keep returning to this wonderful book both morning and night.
It offers a glimpse into the heart and mind of a deeply spiritual person and it helped to illuminate my own path of spiritual nourishment. You will not be disappointed with this purchase, it's so eloquent and beautiful that I believe I'll be ordering a physical copy as well.
And I liked the morning and evening aspect of the book. One book I return to again and again.