A Diary of Private Prayer

A Diary of Private Prayer


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476754703
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 41,524
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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.

Susanna Wright is a theologian dedicated to working and sharing her life with poor communities on the edge of society. She lives in London with her husband, a pastor in the Church of England, and their two children.

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A Diary of Private Prayer 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Beautifully written prayers. Such a gift to have this guide for morning and evening prayer. Prayers are humble and give praise to God. Love this and will read many times for sure.
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I love this little prayer book--the old language, the sincerity, and the humility of the writer. His words hit just the right thoughts I should have in my prayer life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and the language is perfect the way it is. Its a beautiful poetic old style. But you could update it yourself like someone said earlier if you wanted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Update the language and the book is a true blessing. In fact, it was a wonderful experience updating it myself for my own use.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended as an addition to my prayer life. It is a bit hard to follow like the KJ version of the bible but it serves the purpose
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My father was first given a copy of this little book by a missionary friend in 1959 and carried it with him constantly. I received a copy from him and it has been at my bedside for 20 years. Somehow the spirit and depth of Baille's prayers pass beyond the burden of the classical 'thy' and 'thou' that he uses, to capture the deepest essence of meaningful prayer life. I have subsequently passed on many copies of this book to others, all with uniform delight.
MarthaHuntley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful language and prayers I want to pray, but a little shocking in its non-inclusive language -- what a difference in the way we speak, even to God, since 1949!