Saturday, April 30, 2011

Book Review: Amish Prayers

Amish Prayers: Heartfelt Expressions of Humility, Gratitude, and Devotion
Book Details:
Title: Amish Prayers
Complied By: Beverly Lewis
2011, Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0882-9
Genre: Christian Non-Fiction

Book Summary (from the back cover):
The Amish and other Anabaptist groups have treasured the same book of prayers for centuries, turning to it for inspiration during times of peace as well as persecution. Now a selection of prayers from Die Ernsthafte Christenpflicht is readily available in English. This exclusive, authentic translation from the original German - with an introduction by bestselling author Beverly Lewis - pairs each prayer with a Scripture passage and offers insights into the rich spiritual foundations of the Plain people. Whether used for personal devotions or in a group setting, this beautifully illustrated collection will help draw you closer to God.

My Review:
I am a big fan of Amish fiction, including Beverly Lewis's novels, so I was excited to get the opportunity to review this book of Amish prayers. This book of Amish prayers is a small and very sweet book.

Each prayer is paired with a scripture verse. This book would be wonderful as a daily devotional. There are twelve chapters or sections that the prayers are compiled into, including:
Prayers for a New Day
Prayers of Repentance
Prayers for Comfort
Prayers of Praise
Prayers of Humility
Prayers in the Evening

There are beautiful illustrations throughout the book (by Phil Stauffer), which add to the aesthetics of it as a whole. Scripture verses are from the King James Version, which seems to fit the overall feel of the book.

The prayers are worded in a powerful way and you can see why the Amish people have treasured them for so long. According to the forward by Beverly Lewis, the original Amish prayer book was published back in 1708 and have been carried with them throughout the years along with their German Bible.
We ask you, Holy Father, to give us grace that we may live and walk in such a way that we may always be recognized as your servants, who are waiting for their Lord. Whenever you start the wedding feast, may you find us ready and willing, Lord, every hour of every day. Amen.

Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching. Luke 12:37
(Excerpt from page 122)

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge by Bethany House Publishers
for my honest review. Any and all opinions expressed about this book are purely my own.

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