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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • Christopher Voke(Author)
  • Bloomsbury Continuum (23 May 2013)
  • English
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  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Mr. D. P. Jay on 24 June 2015

    Written by a Baptist, this is a splendid resource for daily prayer. It follows the usual pattern for the daily office of morning and evening prayer with suggested psalms and readings but its main strength is that it draws on prayers compiles from a variety of sources – the Old and New Testaments, The Apostolic Constitution, Ephrem the Syrian, John Chrysostom, Augustine of Hippo, Julian of Norwich, Martin Luther, Lancelot Andrewes, William Laud, Jeremy Taylor, John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon Soren Kierkegaard and Karl Barth. There are also Celtic Prayers from Carmina Gadelica, Prayers from the Benedictine and Franciscan traditions and Celtic Prayers from Northumbria. Most up to date, prayers inspired by Creation.Normally, there are three pages for morning prayer and one for the evening – though working people might prefer it the other way round as they have more time after work.I disliked the prayers of Karl Barth as much as I dislike his writing as a whole. The book says that his work is the foundation of all theology. I am mightily glad that it wasn’t in my day because it has little or nothing to say to us human beings in the daily realities which we face.The psalms were translated specially – although I am steeped in BCP Coverdale, it is a refreshing change. e.g. Ps.43 ‘Why am I so downhearted? And why am I churned up inside?One psalm reading in the morning and one in the evening will complete the whole Psalter in 12 weeks. Thirteen rotations of 28 days will cover all 150 psalms more than four times in a year.The Bible readings are set out in 28-day cycles so that the New Testament maybe read through in about a year and a half (84 weeks) and the Old Testament in about two-and-a-half years.I was intrigued by two self-examination questions of John Wesley: Have I contradicted anyone, either where I had no reason to, or where there was no likelihood of convincing them? Have I let anyone I thought in the wrong (in a trifle), have the last word?"(The author, after several years in teaching and student work he studied at Spurgeon's and then pastored two Baptist churches before his appointment as a tutor in 1996. is doctoral research was on the subject of corporate worship and the doctrine of creation and he continues to think and write about contemporary Christian worship as well as framing liturgy for church and personal use)

  • By Mr Graham J Criddle on 16 September 2013

    I had the privilege of commenting on some of the early sections of this while studying at Spurgeon's College when Chris Voke was deputy principal there.The completed book provides a great variety of devotional thoughts and suggestion within a common and consistent framework - drawing on multiple traditions and experiences while encouraging freedom to really focus on where you are in your relationship with God.It is written in a way which should be helpful to Christians - at varying levels of spiritual maturity and experience - who are looking for a structured way to enhance their devotional times, both morning and evening.

  • By Gill H on 6 October 2014

    I was given a copy of Chris' book as a parting gift as we left the UK for another spell in Brazil. I began to use the book daily and have continued now for 17months. The book is a great tool and helps me a lot. I particularly appreciate the lack of dates and the space for reflection on scripture without meditations being provided. The unfamiliar use of language in the prayers often gives me pause and the ever-widening circle that the prayer pattern offers has encouraged my more city-wide and global prayers with which I've always struggled.Gill H

  • By maz on 19 November 2013

    I bought this book because I had really enjoyed doing a week of morning and evening prayer at my local parish church. I absolutely love this book. It has encouraged me to be more regular with my time with God and reading his word and I feel bereft without it. It expresses a variety of Christian Spiritualities. There are 28 daily offices and the author gives background and context for each one. I have given this book to another friend who has been equally blessed by it.

  • By Sue on 13 January 2014

    Chris Voke's book is a great personal resource which helps in keeping your relationship with God going. I've found it to be incredibly helpful when times are tough and prayers are hard to get into or just for widening your knowledge of people of faith. Well worth having.

  • By Mark Davison on 4 October 2013

    Having seen an early draft of this, I have been eagerly awaiting its publication. I was not disappointed. It is an excellent book to give structure to daily personal devotions.

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