(Review) The Book of Uncommon Prayer edited by Constance Pollock and Daniel Pollock
Genre: Nonfiction, collection of poems and quotes
Rating: 5 stars for excellent
The hard copy book is currently available from 3rd party sellers.
The Kindle version is available for $4.99.
Sixty contributing authors are found in this book gem.
Examples of authors: Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, William Blake, the Bronte sisters, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Victor Hugo, Soren Kierkegaard, Christina Georgina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, Francis Thompson, Walt Whitman.
The collections are devotional in nature. Subjects written about are prayer, love, belief in God, trusting in God, adversity, mercy, Creator, redemption, the Virgin Mary, and a vision of heaven.
This is the second time to read this book. Many of the authors are favorites of mine. I love poetry and reading poetry is a joy. I especially love to read them aloud.
Some of my favorites:
Teach me, O God, not to torture myself, not to make a martyr out of myself through stifling reflection, but rather teach me to breathe deeply in faith.
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
He prayeth well who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast;
He prayeth best who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
My Days Go On
I praise Thee while my days go on;
I love Thee while my days go on:
Through dark and dearth, through fire and frost,
With emptied arms and treasure lost,
I thank Thee while my days go on.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)