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Endorsements for Treasury of Daily Prayer

September 25th, 2008
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We continue to receive great endorsements from folks who have seen a complete pre-publicaton copy of Treasury of Daily Prayer. Here is what we have so far, and more are coming in. Sales are clipping along nicely, and particularly impressive is the fact that relatively little has been said in major way about the resource, beyond some comments here and on some e-mail lists and blog sites. Keep spreading the word, and thanks for all the enthusiastic interest I've received from everyone. Here is where you can order Treasury of Daily Prayer.

“The Treasury of Daily Prayer promises to be both instructive and devotional, encouraging a richer daily life of prayer.  It is by no means a “clergy” book, but will be accessible to all, including youth as a devotional book they can grow into.  It will make a great Christmas gift.  CPH is to be congratulated for bringing together such a fine resource that will have a place both in a pastor’s study and at the home altar.”
 —Pastor William Cwirla
Hacienda Heights, CA

“I am so impressed and excited about the release of this new material, that I have gone ahead and ordered two copies (one for myself and the other for my wife). I now have to wait until the FedEx truck arrives at my door.  . . . Can't wait to get my hands on it.”
—Kyle Wright
Stafford, VA

“I was amazed to find you had produced nothing less than encouragement to a complete devotional life between hard cover. THANK YOU!”
—pastor from St. Louis, MO

“Daily individual and family devotions are not an alternative to the worship of the church, but a part of it. Treasury of Daily Prayer integrates daily devotional life into the pattern of the church year, and will offer the discipline of structured daily offices to carry Sunday’s worship through the week. It would make an ideal confirmation gift, providing confirmands with a single source of prayers, catechesis, and lectionary to nourish their faith. “
—Pastor Reg Quirk
Chairman, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE)

“All I can say is: PREPARE TO BE BLOWN AWAY! The good folks who have worked on this puppy have produced something that I have never seen in the whole of Lutheran liturgical history: a daily office book and so much more in a SINGLE volume.”
—Pastor William Weedon
Hamel, IL

“In my library there is a shelf filled with precious and regularly used reference books. Although the Treasury of Daily Prayer could sit amongst those volumes, instead it occupies a permanent place of prominence upon my desk. Why? A quick scan will show the Treasury of Daily Prayer is more than its simple name implies. Treasury of Daily Prayer is nothing less than a spiritual pacemaker which can bring a steady rhythm to an irregular devotional life.

“Using the loom of the church year, Rev. Kinnaman, and his team of associate editors have woven a seamless cloth for prayer. Taking readings from Scripture, texts from hymns and appropriate threads from the Confessions and Church Fathers, they have created a wondrous tapestry leading to prayerful worship. “
—Rev. Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker, The Lutheran Hour

“I think this will be the single best resource the Church has ever seen for family devotions. No kidding. I'm not saying that because I was involved.  . . . I was quite happy to do it because I loved the concept. I fully expect to use this book everyday with my family.”
—Pastor David Petersen
Fort Wayne, IN

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. Done. 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.”
Michael Spencer
InternetMonk.com

“Simply put Treasury of Daily Prayer is without parallel! Indeed it is a treasury of Scripture, Catechism, prayers, hymnody and devotional readings cast within the calendar of the church year to assist the Christian to pray without ceasing. I know of no resource that comes close to Treasury of Daily Prayer in terms of providing both pastors and laity a richly Lutheran book for reading, reflection and intercession. Treasury of Daily Prayer is a worthy companion to Lutheran Service Book as it clearly reflects the piety of our hymnal, drawing together things old and new that will provide fresh springs from God’s living words to edify and enlighten users for years to come. Ancient collects of the church are included along with newly-crafted prayers. It is evident that those who prepared this book took seriously Luther’s understanding of the Catechism as a text to be prayed. I especially appreciate the devotional gems gleaned from Lutheran writers of the Reformation period as well as more recent times. This is a book that delights not only the heart and mind but also the eye with its clean graphics and user-friendly lay out. No doubt that it will become a devotional classic the likes of which American Lutheranism has not yet seen. It is a literary testimony to the spiritual vitality of confessional, orthodox Lutheranism. “
John T. Pless
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions/Director of Field Education
Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN

“The Treasury of Daily Prayer has the potential to radically improve the daily prayer lives of any who make use of it. With helpful material that introduces the purpose and procedure of daily prayer the Treasury will prove to be a great resource to introduce the practice into the lives of many. I can see the Treasury serving as something like a "virus" infecting the Lutheran church and beyond with the result of spreading the practice of daily prayer far more broadly than it is practiced at the present time. The Treasury will have a unifying effect as many will
be reading the same lections each day – something Hermann Sasse once wished for among the Lutheran clergy. This may lead to discussion groups forming around the daily lections as well as conferences and conventions that will include praying the Offices as part of the schedule. Finally, one more important point regarding the Treasury. As many have found, the practice of daily prayer and of praying the daily Offices is a blessing, but also a challenge at times. The challenge lies mainly in our flesh. We often allow any excuse to interfere. Often we find it too burdensome to go through several resources. The Treasury does a fine job of providing all the resources in one volume. I have made use of the materials for the last week and it is very simple to use. The "old Adam" will have far less to complain about if one makes the Treasury a regular part of their daily prayer life. I recommend the Treasury of Daily Prayer highly and I look forward to see how this resource will positively impact both clergy and laity alike.”
Pastor Michael L. Keith
Fort Qu'Appelle, SK, CANADA
scottishlutheran.blogspot.com

“If you have ever longed to be like the psalmist who mediates on God’s word day and night (Psalm 1:2) with the result that your life is marked by the enduring fruit of the Spirit (Psalm 1:3), then the Treasury of Daily Prayer is just for you! Resources abound, so much so that your cup will run over! Daily Offices, Psalms, prayers, and hymns are combined with readings from the Bible, the Lutheran Confessions, and the Church Fathers. Together these texts provide a spiritual smorgasbord that will add great joy to your daily walk with Jesus. I commend Treasury of Daily Prayer to pastors and laity alike!”
Rev. Dr. R. Reed Lessing
Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology and Director of the Graduate School
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO

Treasury of Daily Prayer is a must for the devotional life of every pastor in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.  In turn, pastors should encourage their members to make use of Treasury of Daily Prayer for their daily devotional life.  This resource will serve everyone well as it provides foundational material to guide the weekly rhythm of his or her worship life.”   
—Rev. Dr. Ray G. Mirly,
President of the Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

“At last, a comprehensive prayer book for Lutherans! As the Lectionary Committee for Lutheran Service Book completed its assignments, a resource was envisioned that would give the good laypeople of our church a rich and easy-to-use collection of readings, prayers, and other treasures for their daily life of prayer. When time ran out to complete this goal, the task was handed over to Concordia Publishing House—and now they have delivered! This Treasury of Daily Prayer will most certainly prove to be a treasure as it leads laypeople and pastors alike into the riches of God’s Word and gives voice to the prayers of all the saints.”
—Rev. Dr. Paul J. Grime
Dean of the Chapel—Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN
Project Director for Lutheran Service Book, 1999–2007

“ ‘Just as I am without one plea’ is how God receives us, completely with His saving grace apart from our works, but God loves us too much to leave us just as we are.  His grace to us in justification continues in His grace that grows us in holiness.  To that end, the Treasury is a good resource for the discipline required on our part.  ‘Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure’ (Philippians 2:12-13).”
—Dale A. Meyer
President, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO

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