Wednesday, July 23, 2014

REVIEW: A Method for Prayer

A Method for Prayer
By: Steve Kindorf

Genre: Prayerbooks, Christianity
Publication date: 11.10.2013
Pages: 474
Amazon link: A Method for Prayer 

Date read: 3.10.2014
Recommended by: Read 2 Review

Summary: This Prayerbook is the Puritan writer Matthew Henry’s world renowned Christian classic 'A Method for Prayer' -the 1710 edition. It was created as a Bible companion for daily devotions and is professionally typeset in a classic prayer-book format with wide margins, and is printed on cream colored paper. With modernized spelling and all the cross references from Matthew Henry's original prayerbook.

With added devotional prayers and Bible study aids from the publisher/author of this new blue expanded edition. -Featuring a collection of devotional prayers to the Godhead of Jesus Christ called 'My Affection' -A poetic setting of Psalm 119. -A Glossary containing 2400 words of the King James Bible. -And a daily Bible reading plan.


I want to start off by saying that I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I usually wait to the end to tell people that, but I wanted to say first and foremost that I didn't buy this book - and you shouldn't too. 

1) It's for sale for $.99 on Amazon, but according to the description, you can get the e-book and audio free on his website.  Leaves me wondering why he has it for sale on Amazon then.

2) It is the exact book written by Reverend Matthew Henry back in 1710, so if you've already read this, then you know what it says.  Yeah, this guy went through and did some modern spelling on things.  He also added a glossary in the back, a daily Bible reading plan and Psalm 119.  According to the description, there's also something called "My Affection," which is described as "a collection of devotional prayers to the Godhead of Jesus Christ."  THAT is really just a bunch of sayings with places in the Bible to go read.  I guess it could be called a "poem" of sorts, but with the Bible passages, it's just awkward.

I wanted so much from this book.  I really did.  But the formatting in the e-book I was sent is just plain awful.  Things that are from Henry are set up in a somewhat odd outline form while others are just paragraphs.  And it's basically ways to praise and pray to him, followed by Bible passages to back up what he's saying.  I found myself skimming through the Bible passages to try to get the meaning of what was trying to be said in the first place.  This is obviously not a sit-down-and-read book because it comes across more like a reference book.  The Bible reading plan is interesting - by the end of this you'll have read the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice - you skip around - but I've seen similar things before online.  If the author wanted to fix it up to make it more relateable to modern readers (which is why, I assume, that he used modern spelling of the words), he should have fixed it up to where people could read it and understand the point without being bogged down by so much that is not necessary - maybe have an Appendix in the back.


Update:
Since I'm moving these reviews from a soon-to-be-defunct blog over to my main blog, I decided to take the chance to update this review.  Shortly after I wrote this review, I received a package from the author with a couple of physical copies of this book inside (a few hardcover and a few paperback).  Some of my opinions remain the same, but I must say that the book itself is beautiful in physical form and the formatting issues that I did not like were not an issue in the physical copy.

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