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The 1979 Book of Common Prayer Leather Bound – 30 Mar 2000


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  • Leather Bound: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (30 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195287150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195287158
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2 x 12.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,430,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 11 Jan 2006
Format: Imitation Leather
The Book of Common Prayer (1979) is the latest, complete BCP used by the American branch of the Anglicans, the Episcopal church. There have been many books that have had the title 'Book of Common Prayer' since the first one appeared in 1549; it has been used continuously in one edition or another in the Anglican tradition since 1559; the 'main' edition remains the 1662 edition. The American church modified the Book of Common Prayer for its own use beginning shortly after the Revolutionary War -- this book is the successor of a long and worthy tradition.
A bishop in the Episcopal church once said to me, 'We don't have a theology that we have to believe -- what we have is the prayerbook.' Please forgive the absence of context for this phrase -- while he would say that this statement in isolation is an exaggeration, and I would agree, nonetheless his statement serves to highlight both the importance of and the strength of the Book of Common Prayer.
To be an Anglican (in the United States, read Episcopalian for the same in the context of this article), one does not have to subscribe to any particular systematic theological framework. One does not have to practice a particular brand of liturgical style. One does not have to have an approved politico-theological viewpoint. One can be a conservative, liberal or moderate; one can be high church, low church, or broad; one can be charismatic, evangelical, or mainline traditional -- one can be any number of things in a rich diversity of choices, and the Book of Common Prayer can still be the book upon which spirituality and worship is centred.
The Book of Common Prayer is not, in fact, a book that changed my life. It is a book that changes my life.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Episcopal Book of Common Prayer 28 Feb 2006
By E.A.Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Imitation Leather
This B.C.P.is a very convenient size to carry. It is easy to read, even in a dimly lit 233 year old church. Page by page and paragraph by paragraph, it is identical to the larger heavier pew copies of the Book of Common Prayer. The leather cover is a joy to hold with the feel of elegance, but without the elegant price tag. This book is an exceptional value.

I highly recommend this book to everyone .
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful way to start your day 13 Aug 2005
By Brad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
I bought the Book of Common Prayer to replace the one I received at confirmation which was unfortunately lost during a recent move. This is a particularly nice and attractive book, with a soft but durable cover and onion-skin paper. It will provide great utility, and makes for wonderful readings, though often brief, at the beginning of the day.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Prayer Book 5 July 2005
By A. Jennings - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
This is the Epicopal Churches Book of Common Prayer. It is a great size, just small enough to carry in luggage, book bag, or purse, but still is readable. Good choice for those who like to have their own copy of the BCP.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
good price for a quality product 9 Mar 2007
By Z. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Imitation Leather
As a new Episcopalian, I decided to buy the Book of Common Prayer. The feel of the book is very soft and has the thin paper pages that many bibles are printed on. It has a book mark/ribbon to keep up with the journey of the Episcopal service each week. The book was smaller than I expected, but still a great size to carry around. Top knotch in quality and a great buy for the new recruit or the hardened, weathered Episcopal.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Memories 24 Oct 2005
By John S. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Imitation Leather Verified Purchase
It's a little daunting to be reviewing a recognized masterpiece by an English master, Thomas Cranmer. But here goes.

In the 1970's some hippie parodied the Whole Earth Catalog's review of Buber's I and Thou. The hippie stole the opening: You can read this book in a few hours, but it can change your life. He applied it to the Book of Common Prayer. I would not go that far, but it pays to be humble before its greatness.

I grew up with this book and returned to it in the 1970's. I could no more criticize its Elizabethan cadences than I could pull Shakespeare apart. The new prayer book has services in the old language as well as modern language versions.

As a meditator, not a churchgoer, I don't hear a lot of poetic imagery. The Psalms and the old version of the services are full of great images. The lectionary guides you through the Bible pretty systematically for additional vivid writing. I regret that the new prayer book has replaced the collect for the 2nd Sunday in Advent, Bible Sunday, as it was called. I remember fondly the old language referring to the scriptures:: [grant that] we may hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them ... This is a mere quibble. If I believed and wanted to practice the Christian faith as I did earlier, this book would be invaluable to me. It provides me now with a walk down memory lane.

The 1928 Prayer Book is still in print and there are those who prefer it. My return to services included the approval period for this book and its adoption. So the present version has nostalgic value for me.
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