Evening Prayers for Every Day of the Year by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Book description:

We want to turn to God at the end of each day, but often don’t find the words to express our deepest feelings and longing. This collection of prayers is one of the few daily devotionals especially intended for use in the evening.

Blumhardt’s words bespeak a certainty in God’s nearness. The peace that flows from them comes from an unshakeable conviction that God’s kingdom is indeed on the way. In stormy and challenging times like our own, most of us need this reassurance frequently, if not daily.

My review:

This is a beautiful book.  I was already a fan of Blumhardt, and this book does not disappoint.

There are many things to like about this book.  First of all, I liked the way it was laid out.  The book begins in January, but I started reading it in November.  I’ve read other “daily” reading books where it was frustrating to navigate the layout and find the daily reading, especially if I had missed a day or didn’t start at the beginning.  The layout of the book is one page for each day, so it was very easy to find just where I wanted to be.

I also liked the brevity of each reading and prayer.  Sometimes life is too busy and when faced with adding another thing to the to-do list is overwhelming.  These prayers are so quick and short that they are perfect for the days when it is all you can do to spend five minutes in prayer, but also for the days when you have more time to meditate on the truths Blumhardt highlights.

This is a great book to get for yourself or as a gift for someone you love.  I think it would be especially helpful for someone who is looking to commit to a more vibrant and committed prayer life, but doesn’t necessarily know how to begin.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Plough Publishing in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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