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L. G. Parkhurst, Jr. is the author of "Prayer Steps to Christmas: Daily Quiet Time Edition" and "Prayer Steps to Serenity: Daily Quiet Time Edition," the first book in the Prayer Steps series. He is also the author of "Prayer Steps to Serenity the Twelve Steps Journey: New Serenity Prayer Edition.
He met Francis and Edith Schaeffer in 1979, and is the author of "How God Teaches Us to Pray: Lessons from the Lives of Francis and Edith Schaeffer," "Francis and Edith Schaeffer,"
He has compiled numerous devotional and prayer book classics. These books include "How to Pray in the Spirit" from the writings of John Bunyan, Kregel Publications. "Answers to Prayer" and "Principles of Prayer" from the writings of Charles G. Finney, Bethany House Publishers. "The Believer’s Secret of the Abiding Presence" from the writings of Andrew Murray and Brother Lawrence, Bethany House Publishers, and "The Believer’s Secret of Intercession" from the writings of Andrew Murray and C.H. Spurgeon, Bethany House Publishers. Since 1989, he has written the weekly “Bible Lesson” for "The Oklahoman," Oklahoma’s largest circulation daily newspaper. His weekly Bible Lessons are also published as the International Bible Lessons in the InternationalBibleLessons.org website. He writes and publishes the International Bible Lessons Commentary through the Internet.
He received a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, Master of Arts in Philosophy and Master of Library and Information Studies degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. Currently, he serves as the publisher of Agion Press. To learn more about Prayer Steps to Serenity and to receive additional free resources visit the PrayerSteps.org website, the SerenityGroups.org website, the SerenityJournal.org website, and the CelebrateSerenity.org website.
on Sep. 19, 2012 :
Many Christians, and I include myself, have developed a love-hate relationship with the Christmas season. I look forward to it each year for the stirring music, rereading the gospels’ accounts of the Savior’s birth, and the warm traditions that my family and I observe. On the other hand, I am always appalled at the crass commercialism and the overemphasis on trying to be “jolly” while, indeed, life goes on and includes all the usual ups and downs plus, nowadays, Christmas stress. Any antidote is appreciated. Here’s a gem:
L.G. Parkhurst Jr.’s Prayer Steps To Christmas – Daily Quiet Time Edition is aimed straight for the heart that seeks a dose of Christmas reality amidst the noise and the clutter. Thoughtfully reassembled from Rev. Parkhurst’s repertoire of bible lessons about the events surrounding the birth of Jesus, the thirty one devotionals included provide a spiritual anchor that is not only refreshing but organized and flexible.
Each chapter begins with a short scriptural “nugget” that is conveniently linked back to the root text (both KJV and ESV). Next, several paragraphs, often using metaphors to help bring out the underlying meanings, delve into the historical and moral lessons the scripture provides. A “Prayer Step” then follows that focuses the devotion toward an individualized prayer on the topic. Finally, each chapter closes with “Thinking Further” – a mental action step for adding to one’s understanding of God’s word.
Prayer Steps to Christmas may be taken as a daily dose of Christian “serum for the soul” or divided as the reader needs it or has available, in Rev. Parkhurst’s words, “Quite Time”. At $3.99 it easily fits in even the most taxed holiday budget and would be a worthy “e-gift” for sharing inspiration.
(reviewed the day of purchase)