“Nothing this good, or even close” — words of praise for Treasury of Daily Prayer
Michael Spencer, a well known blogger, who describes himself this way: "I am a post-evangelical reformation Christian in search of a Jesus shaped spirituality" had this to say about the Treasury of Daily Prayer which he kindly asked to review, on his always-interesting blog site: Internet Monk. If you do not have Michael's blog bookmarked, you should. It's one of the most consistently well done blogs I read [and I read a lot].
I have to admit that I’ve never been particularly excited about any
book called “Treasury.” It’s a title I’d be reluctant to use for any
serious resource. So aside from that extremely minor point of personal
taste, I want to use every superlative possible to tell my readers that
Concordia has produced the most comprehensive, well edited, plainly
explained and thoroughly impressive resource for liturgical daily
prayer I’ve ever encountered.
If you want a resource for personal or small group liturgical
prayer, with abundant options, complete explanation of the Christian
year, scripture passages printed out, readings from Church fathers
included and much more, your search is permanently over. The Treasury of Daily Prayer surpasses any resource I’ve seen.
What impresses me the most here is not what other resources do, but
what no other resource does. I am constantly looking for resources
synced with the Christian year AND for the Christian year to be
completely explained. Done.
I’m looking for Lenten devotions with a catechetical focus. Done. I
want liturgical prayer that includes readings from the church fathers
and reference to doctrinal confessions. Done. I want the process of
liturgical prayer explained step by step and in its component parts, so
that those with no background in such prayer can begin with confidence.
This is a Lutheran resource, published by the LCMS publishing house.
It is catholic in the sense that conservative Lutheran resources are
expected to be. This isn’t a resource that does anything with
contemporary generic evangelicalism in mind. The confessions referenced
are Lutheran confessions, and Luther is generously represented in the
readings. The lectionary is the LCMS lectionary.
This in no way limits the value of this resource for any Protestant.
Even with the sacramental disagreements that may be underlined in some
portions of the material, the vast majority of what you’ll find in The Treasury of Daily Prayer is completely usable by any Christian.
It’s a feast folks. Seriously. I’ve seen nothing this good or even close.
This is the kind of large resource that can make a lifetime
contribution to personal worship. It is a complete education in the
Protestant liturgical prayer tradition, Lutheran version.