Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Amish Prayers, by Beverly Lewis

If you are a lover of prayers and the Amish culture, then I have the perfect book for you, Amish Prayers by Beverly Lewis.

About the book:

The Amish and other Anabaptist groups have treasured the same book of prayers for centuries, turning to it for inspirations 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.

About the author:

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than fourteen million books in print. While Lewis's own family heritage is Old Order Mennonite, she has many dear friends among Amish communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. Her award-winning stories have been published in eleven languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times and USA Today.

My take:

I love this book. Beverly Lewis is a really great writer. Anytime I read anything by her, it takes me deep into the book and I visualize as though I am right there with the characters in the story. Of course with a prayer book, it is quit different.

At the beginning of the book is a verse from the Bible that was left in the original German form. I really like this idea. To be able to see how it is originally written, compared to the translated verses in the rest of the book, is awe inspiring.

There are twelve different sections in the book:

Prayers For A New Day
Prayers For Divine Guidance
Prayers Of Gratitude
Prayers Of Repentance
Prayers For Comfort
Prayers Of Praise
Prayers For Strength

O Lord, help me! Weak and anxious
Prayers For Purity of Heart
Prayers For Unity
Prayers Of Humility
Prayers Of Submission
Prayers In The Evening