Starck’s Prayer Book: Concordia Edition is now available. From the back cover: “Professor Dau describes Starck well when he writes, “Starck loved nothing sensational, nothing that was for mere display in matters of religion. Christian life, to him, was real and earnest, to be conducted in a sober mind. He was always bent on its practical applications to every pursuit and action, and on enlisting really the whole of a person in the service of the Master.”
When Christians nourish their souls daily with meditation upon the Word of God and the Sacraments, faith is strengthened. The Bread of Life fills hearts and minds, and Christ finds expression in the world through Christian life and speech. A contemporary pastor said it best when he said, “Starck gives Christians a daily helping of meditation in God’s Word, and leads them to satisfaction in their vocational tasks.”
Author: Johann Friedrich Starck (1680-1756) was a Lutheran pastor, devotional writer, and poet in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Theologically, Starck held to a moderate type of Pietism that affirmed the traditions of the Lutheran Church and stressed the importance of the sacraments for the salvation of the Christian.
Editor: Franz August Otto Pieper (1852-1931) was a Lutheran pastor in Wisconsin; professor and president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; president of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; and the author of Christian Dogmatics.
Translator: William Herman Theodore Dau (1864-1944) was a Lutheran pastor in Memphis, Tennessee; professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; and a coeditor of the Concordia Triglotta.
Besides meditations, prayers, and hymns, this devotional classic also includes the appendix “Starck’s Motherhood Prayers for All Occasions.”