Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday Tome - A Diary of Private Prayer

A few days ago I shared a prayer from this book for my "Wednesday Words" post. The prayer was brought to my attention by my friend Steve Ginader who saw it posted along the path in a woodland garden in New Zealand. He sent me a picture of the garden placard, which prompted me to look for the author of the prayer and the book it came from.

I found a nice hardcover edition of the book and Cheri and I plan to add it to our coffee times in March. The book has a morning and evening prayer for each day of the month.

A Diary of Private Prayer
by John Baillie

Publisher's description...
Editor Susanna Wright offers this updated edition of a Christian devotional classic—invoking the daily prayers and timeless imagery of the original text through modern, accessible language.

In this wonderful collection, famed theologian Dr. John Baillie shares personal prayers for people who are seeking a better understanding of God and themselves. Organized by morning and evening—with special prayers for Sundays—A Diary of Private Prayer is written with eloquence, piety, and directness. Blending praise and meditative thoughts about God with a concern for the social and individual good, these daily invocations help and inspire us to search our inner selves and find the deep religious beliefs that lie within.

First published in 1936, A Diary of Private Prayer remains a seminal Christian devotional with more than a million copies in print. This modern edition—completely redesigned into a gift package—admirably preserves all the qualities of the original, ensuring that the wisdom of God and the wonder of Baillie’s prayers remain accessible for many generations to come.

About the Author...
John Baillie was a teacher, lecturer, preacher, and author of many books, including Christian Devotion, The Place of Jesus Christ in Modern Christianity, and A Diary of Readings. He held academic posts in the UK, the US, and Canada; was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; and President of the World Council of Churches. He died in 1960.

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