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Review: “Taking Hold of God: Reformed and Puritan Perspectives on Prayer”

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Taking Hold of God: Reformed and Puritan Perspectives on Prayer

Eds. Joel R. Beeke and Brian G. Najapfour

Reformation Heritage Books, 2011,267pp., paperback, $16

ISBN 978-1-60178-120-8

Taking us to men who knew their God, the editors of this volume call upon various authors (in addition to their well-represented selves) to consider the lessons to be learned and patterns to be observed in some of whom it could truly be said that they walked with God. Luther, Calvin, Knox, Perkins, Burgess, Bunyan, Henry, Boston, and Edwards together with a more incidental but still significant host of others, all come under the microscope to teach us the nature and practice of true prayer. There is no appetite in this volume for dry instruction, for the whole breathes a devotional and exhortatory air, closing with Joel Beeke’s earnest plea for prayerful praying. Surely there are few who do not struggle with truly praying, occasionally or consistently? For all such, this book mines the treasures of the past for the profit of the present, reminding us of the blessings and beauties of taking hold of God in prayer, and urging us to the same.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 16 March 2012 at 10:48

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