The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions
"A wonderful aid in expressing our personal thoughts to God, a spiritual classic, both sober and inspiring."See All
John D. Hannah
Dallas Theological Seminary
"I have benefited from so many Banner of Truth booksthe two volumes of Jonathan Edwards, the Puritan Paperbacks, and, of course, the Valley of Vision."See All
Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, MI
"When used slowly, for meditation and prayer, these pages have often been used by God's Spirit to kindle my dry heart."See All
Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC
"The prayers in The Valley of Vision are steeped in Scripture, yet never succumb to mere formula. They are theologically fresh and vibrant, yet they are rooted in confessionalism. They range over a huge sweep of Christian experience and devotion, but they are never merely esoteric or cute. They brim with deep emotion and transparent passion, but they carefully avoid mere sentimentalism. This is a book that teaches readers to pray by example."See All
D. A. Carson
Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"Its amazing how frequently the prayers from the little book The Valley of Vision show up in our worship services. The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers, and I would put them in that category. That is, they are thoughtful, reflective, and meditative. Theyre even written in a certain kind of cadence, if youve ever noticed, which is probably very intentional, so that they might be used in corporate settings. But they came out of a deep heart of communion with God."See All
founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis Minnesota.
The strength of Puritan character and life lay in prayer and meditation. In this practice the spirit of prayer was regarded as of first importance and the best form of prayer, for living prayer is the characteristic of genuine spirituality. Yet prayer is also vocal and may therefore on occasions be written. Consequently in the Puritan tradition there are many written prayers and meditations which constitute an important corpus of inspiring devotional literature.
Too often ex tempore prayer lacks variety, order and definiteness. The reason for this lies partly in a neglect of due preparation. It is here that the care and scriptural thoroughness which others found necessary in their approach to God may be of help. This book has been prepared not to "supply" prayers but to prompt and encourage the Christian as he treads the path on which others have gone before.