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Congregationalist Prayer Devotional Theology Proper (NatureOfGod)
Austin Phelps

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I found this book a blessing to read and think upon, although the language is difficult because of the era in which it was written - mid -1800's.  After only a few pages it becomes obvious that the writer was intimate with the requirements of prayer and the pitfalls that can deceive the heart of man.

Here is a small bio of the author and how God used him.

AUSTIN PHELPS (January 7, 1820—October 13, 1890), was an American Congregational minister and educator. He was for 10 years President of the Andover Theological Seminary and his writings became standard textbooks for Christian theological education and remain in print today.

Austin Phelps was born in was born at West Brookfield, Massachusetts. His father, Eliakim Phelps was a clergyman who was the principal of a girls school in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Eliakim Phelps was later pastor of a Presbyterian church in Geneva, New York. Austin studied at Hobart College from 1833 to 1835, then at Amherst for a year, and later obtained a degree in 1837 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Austin studied theology at Union Theological Seminary, at the Yale Divinity School, and later at Andover. In 1830, he was installed as pastor at the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, New York, and in 1835 he was elected Secretary of the American Educational Society of Philadelphia.

In 1840, he was licensed to preach by the Third Presbytery of Philadelphia.  In 1842, he was pastor of the Pine Street (Congregational) Church in Boston when he met and married in the autumn of that year Elizabeth Stuart (August 13, 1815 - November 30, 1852). She was the eldest daughter of Moses Stuart, president of Andover Theological Seminary. His wife Elizabeth Stuart, aside from Jacob Abbott, was one of the earliest writers of books for girls, publishing the four volume Kitty Brown series of books for girls under the pen name H. Trusta and other books.   They had three children, Mary Gray (b. 1844), Moses Stuart (b. 1849) and Amos Lawrence (b. 1852).

In the spring of 1848 he moved his family to Andover, Massachusetts where he became professor of sacred rhetoric and homiletics at Andover Theological Seminary.  In 1869 he was selected as president of Andover, a role he served in until 1879 when failing health forced him to resign.

After his wife Elizabeth died of brain fever on November 20, 1852, their 8 year old daughter Mary Gray asked to be renamed in honor of her mother.   He married Elizabeth's sister, Mary Stuart (b. 1822), in 1854.  Mary Stuart died only eighteen months later.  He married for a third time Mary Ann Johnson (1829 - 1918) of Boston, with whom he had two more children, Lawrence and Francis.   Austin died on October 13, 1890 at Bar Harbor, Maine.

His Theory of Preaching (1881) and English Style in Public Discourse (1883) became standard textbooks. With Professors E. A. Park and D. L. Furber he edited Hymns and Choirs (1860), and with Professor Park and Lowell Mason The Sabbath Hymn Book (1859). His book The Still Hour (1859), a summary of a series of sermons on prayer, is a devotional classic and remains in publication.

His other works are:

    The New Birth (1867), portraying conversion (in some instances) as a gradual change
    Sabbath Hours (1874)
    Studies of the Old Testament (1878)
    Men and Books (1882)
    My Portfolio (1882)
    My Study (1885)
    The Still Hour: or, Communion with God (1885)
    The Certainty of Success in Preaching (1889)
    My Note Book (1890)


"Wear the old coat and buy the new book."


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