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26 January 2006
  Lutheran Book of Prayer

Lutheran Book of PrayerThis is an updated revision of a classic. The Lutheran Book of Prayer has been on the book shelf of many faithful Missouri Synod Lutherans for decades, as a valuable resource for regular and occasional prayer.

There are a few strengths of this edition, compared to the previous edition. The styling of the book design itself is more elegant than the 1970 edition. As has been noted elsewhere, the colour scheme is consistent with the new Lutheran Service Book, the Concordia ESV Pew Bible, and the newest revision of the Small Catechism with Explanation (1991 Translation). The typeface is a little easier on the eyes.

But where the improvement is most clearly noted is in the prayers made available to the reader. The daily prayers are a little more useful, in my opinion, than those in the previous edition. The occasional prayers cover a slightly wider net of experiences. The inclusion, in bits and pieces, of most of the Small Catechism, including the Table of Duties, a few short psalm selections, and the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds also make this a resource for more than just occasional prayers.

This book is a welcome resource for the Lutheran home, centred as it is on the Word of God and our response, in prayer, to that Word. It is designed to be in the hands of the everyday Christian, not just pastors or professional church workers.

264 pp, hardcover
Concordia Publishing House, 2005

Highly recommended to all.

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