November 28, 2014

Recommendation: The (Lutheran) Treasury of Daily Prayer

For the past several days I’ve been browsing a pre-publication copy of a new product from Concordia Press called The Treasury of Daily Prayer.

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. 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.

An excerpt from the Treasury is available here.

An explanation of how to use the Treasury is here.


You can order it from Concordia
, and it will be shipping October 23rd.

Comments

  1. Happy to hear you like it Michael.

  2. i think i may just have to check that out. as the music director at a lutheran church before my wife and family and i relocated to where we’re currently involved; i really found a great appreciation for the christian calendar, the traditional forms of worship, and the congruency with the catholic church’s methods.

    having been in SO many protestant non-denominational communities throughout my life, i have observed how easy and common we seem to lose touch with our history and the church’s past, often forgetting to acknowledge and remember so many of the church fathers who have influenced so much of how we do things and why we do the things we do and think the way we do.

    so, anyway, all that to say, i am interested in possibly tracking down a copy of this seemingly excellent resource. even though i really don’t know anything about you yet, i appreciate your review – and i have to admit, it’s pretty convincing. so, thanks for sharing!

  3. Michael. Thank you for the great review. I appreciate it even more because you “get it.” I will be very interested in hearing later how the content flows and its usability over the course of a month or season.

    Again, thanks for the supportive words.

  4. I will check this out. Even though I no longer attend a Lutheran Church (Currently CRC), I am very Lutheresque in how I see scripture.

    Unfortunately, too many people get caught up in the sacramantal aspect of Lutheranism and throw the baby out with the bathwater. I have found the christocentric foundation of Martin Luther is even more applicable today than it was 500 years ago.

    The LCMS especially has a very nice sweet-spot if you can get past some of the sacramental differences from other denominations.

    Thanks for the information.

    spadinofamily.wordpress.com

    Jon

  5. People may want to check out http://www.lcms.org. A boatload of well explained stuff.

    JS

  6. As a Lutheran Pastor (LCMS), I warn you that http://www.lcms.org is a mixed bag of the good and the not so good.

    Michael, Wittenberg – beckons come on home, the beer is cold and the women have thick ankles! :-)

    God’s Peace
    Craig

  7. Michael,

    just responding to your lack of enthusiasm for any book called treasury- the first one that came to mind was CH Spurgeon’s “A Treasury of David” – a wonderful commentary on the Psalms.

  8. the most comprehensive, well edited, plainly explained and thoroughly impressive resource for liturgical daily prayer I’ve ever encountered.

    You make it sound like a veritable treasury!

  9. “I am constantly looking for resources synced with the Christian year AND for the Christian year to be completely explained. Done.”

    Another great resource that does this is the new translation of Bo Giertz’s devotionals “To Live with Christ.” Also published by CPH.
    Warning Bo Giertz is Lutheran %100.

  10. That looks absolutely spectacular. Unfortunately, it’s a fortune to order for those of us overseas – they should send a few copies to Amazon, and I’d buy it in a second.

  11. Our women have thick ankles? My wife certainly does not. Wait, let me check…nope, not thick.

    And everyone knows you do not serve good German beer “cold” but cool, around 45 degrees is about right.

    Other than that, Donofrio is correct.

    PTM

  12. Michael,

    Great review. I’ll have to pick one of these up. I am amazed; you reviewed it before I could get my hands on one. I’ll be talking to my CPH rep to see if we can carry them.

    Michael, the beer is good, and don’t let your readers be dissuaded by the thick ankles thing- there are plenty of what my Pastor calls “smokin’ hot Lutheran Ortho babes.” Craig and I were each blessed to marry one.(Different ones, I might add)

  13. Hey, I regard myself as a “Smokin’ Hot Ortho Lutheran Dude” — so there. My wife thinks I am, so that’s good enough for me.

    : )

    Hey, quite the buzz has been stirred up by your comments Michael. Interesting to track the “viral” spread of the remarks on the Internet. Fun.

  14. More comments on the Treasury are rolling in:

    What Others Are Saying

    “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, CPH has 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

    “Finally, we have something for daily use both in the parish and in the home.”
    –Pastor William Cwirla, Hacienda Heights, CA

    “Thank you for having made my Christmas shopping . . . far easier this year.”
    –Ken from Ballwin, 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 offers the discipline of structured daily offices to carry Sunday’s worship through the week. It would make an ideal confirmation gift, providing a single source of prayers, catechesis, and lectionary to nourish the faith.”
    –Pastor Reg Quirk
    Chairman, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE)

    “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

    “All I can say is: prepare to be blown away! The good folks who have worked on this 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

    “I think this will be the single best resource the Church has ever seen for family devotions. I fully expect to use this book everyday with my family.”
    –Pastor David Petersen, Fort Wayne, IN

  15. Emmett Abella says:

    How do I order alancreech rosaries?