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Bucket Book – The Temple: A Book of Prayers

I first encountered W.E. Orchard’s  prayer printed below in Harry Emerson Fosdick’s The Meaning of Faith.  I was touched by the sincerity, the eloquence, and the need of the prayer.  In this prayer and in the rest of the book, Orchard does not pray for current events.  He makes no requests for friends or for things he wanted.  He simply prays for matters of the heart and soul.  I still wonder what was going on in this man’s life to write a prayer such as the one below.  I still don’t know, but I decided I wanted to have the kind of heart it represented.  I’ve purchased multiple copies of this book over the years and given them as presents.

The book is long out of print and can only be found at used booksellers. If I could only have one book of prayers in my library, this would be it.  I study it to consider the kinds of things I should pray about for myself and for the congregation.    This post gets linked to Prayers and to Bucket Books, which are the top 50, most important books in my life.

O God, who hast sent us to school in this strange life of ours, and hast set us tasks which test all our courage, trust, and fidelity; may we not spend our days complaining at circumstance or fretting at discipline, but give ourselves to learn of life and to profit by every experience. Make us strong to endure.

We pray that when trials come upon us we may not shirk the issue or lose our faith in Thy goodness, but committing our souls unto Thee who knowest the way that we take, come forth as gold tried in the fire.

Grant by Thy grace that we may not be found wanting in the hour of crisis. When the battle is set, may we know on which side we ought to be, and when the day goes hard, cowards steal from the field, and heroes fall around the standard, may our place be found where the fight is fiercest. If we faint, may we not be faithless; if we fall, may it be while facing the foe. Amen.—W. E. Orchard.

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You mentioned in the blog, that this was out of print, Amazon is selling reprints. I found the Temple by W.E. Orchard at Amazon, new for $8.20. Here is the link.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Temple-Prayers-Classic-Reprint/dp/B008GEDT46/ref=cm_sw_em_r_dp_shywrb1MKQNPZ_tt

Vern Landrum

April 1, 2013

Thanks, Vern. I did not know.

Joel

jsnider

April 1, 2013

Joel,
I think this is a scan of the original book. I was able to go to the publisher’s website http://www.forgottenbooks.org and download an electronic version for free. It was a little hard to find there, I had to search by author for “W. E. Orchard”. Now I have it on my iPad 🙂

Vern Landrum

April 1, 2013

Good find.

I used language from a paragraph of one of these prayers yesterday (Easter).

jsnider

April 1, 2013

I bought this book. It’s a keeper!

Gwen Stephens

April 26, 2013

Orchard really does think and pray at a different level. I aspire to have a heart that sees our needs through the same lense Orchard used. He simply operates on a differnt level.

thanks, Gwen.

Joel

jsnider

April 27, 2013