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Taking Hold of God: Reformed and Puritan Perspectives on Prayer

January 7, 2011

Reformation Heritage Books is scheduled to release a book this January- Taking Hold of God: Reformed and Puritan Perspectives on Prayer

Contents

Preface

1. Martin Luther on Prayer and Reformation Brian G. Najapfour

2. John Calvin on Prayer as Communion with God — Joel R. Beeke

3. John Knox: A Theologian of Prayer — Brian G. Najapfour

4. William Perkins on the Lord’s Prayer — J. Stephen Yuille

5. Anthony Burgess on Christ’s Prayer for Us Joel R. Beeke

6. John Bunyan on Praying with the Holy Spirit Michael A. G. Haykin

7. The Puritans on the Help of the Holy Spirit in Prayer Johnny C. Serafini

8. Matthew Henry on a Practical Method of Daily Prayer Joel R. Beeke

9. Thomas Boston on Praying to Our Father — Joel R. Beeke

10. Jonathan Edwards on Prayer and the Triune God Peter Beck

11. Puritan Prayers for World Missions — Joel R. Beeke

12. Prayerful Praying Today — Joel R. Beeke

Bibliography

Scripture Index

Subject Index

Here are the endorsements of Jerry Bridges, Derek W. H. Thomas, Hughes Oliphant Old, Sinclair Ferguson, & Don Whitney for the book:

Taking Hold of God is a veritable gold mine on the subject of prayer. Beeke and Najapfour have brought together in one volume the teaching on prayer of the giants of the Reformation and Puritan eras: Luther, Calvin, Knox, Perkins, Bunyan, Henry, Edwards, and others. I was personally encouraged and stimulated to take my own prayer life to a higher and hopefully more productive level. All believers who have any desire to pray effectively will profit from this book.”

— JERRY BRIDGES, a longtime staff member of the Navigators and author of The Pursuit of Holiness


“Together, Beeke and Najapfour have produced a marvelously help­ful and instructive volume on prayer drawn from such giants as Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Bunyan, Matthew Henry, and Jonathan Edwards. It is a veritable potpourri of spiritual insight and godly advice. Books on prayer often induce more guilt than help. Taking Hold of God, as the title itself suggests, aims at doing the latter. It beckons us, allures us, into the challenge of prayer itself: laying hold of a gracious Father who longs for our presence and delights to commune with His children. If you aim to read just one book on prayer this year, choose this one.”

— DEREK W. H. THOMAS, John E. Richards Professorof Systematic and Practical Theology, ReformedTheological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi


“The Protestant Reformation brought a revolution to the life of prayer. This book opens up the story of how the Reformers like Luther and Calvin, followed by the Puritans like William Perkins and Matthew Henry, teach us a surprisingly new approach to the life of prayer.”

— HUGHES OLIPHANT OLD, John H. Leith Professorof Reformed Theology and Worship, ErskineTheological Seminary, Due West, South Carolina


“Here is a master stroke indeed! — a book on the prayer-filled lives and teaching of nine masters of the Christian life (plus others included for good measure).

“Many of us feel either infants in the school of prayer or intimi­dated and beaten down by those who accuse us of being prayer-less but do not teach us how to be prayer-full. But here can be found nourishment, example, instruction, encouragement, and, yes, deep challenge, all in one volume. May these pages serve as a tonic for our weakness, a remedy for our sickness, and an inspiration to greater prayerfulness in our churches!”

— SINCLAIR B. FERGUSON, senior minister of FirstPresbyterian Church of Columbia, South Carolina,and professor of Systematic Theology at Redeemer Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas


“Here is a great vault of spiritual riches for anyone who wants to learn more about prayer and be encouraged to pray whether you consider yourself Reformed or a student of the Puritans or not.

“But if some of the names in the table of contents are already favorites of yours, you will enjoy this book even more. This is a valuable book, and I am very grateful for those whose work made it possible.”

— DON WHITNEY, associate professor of BiblicalSpirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

 

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