The Heart in Pilgrimage: A Treasury of Classic Devotionals on the Christian Life

By Leland Ryken

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The Heart in Pilgrimage: A Treasury of Classic Devotionals on the Christian Life

By Leland Ryken

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A Beautiful Collection of 50 Classic Devotionals

Christians throughout the ages have written devotionals as a way to bend their souls toward God and teach about him, communicating rich truths and encouraging readers to grow in grace and godliness. In this collection of 50 devotionals and creeds by figures such as Augustine, John Calvin, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, literary expert Leland Ryken introduces readers to insightful selections of their classic writings. Each entry contains a devotional passage from a historical figure, analysis by Ryken, and a concluding Bible passage that sums up the devotional passage and its analysis. Literary-inclined readers and first-time devotional readers alike will relish this one-of-a-kind anthology carefully compiled to help them encounter God in fresh ways.

  • Written by Leland Ryken: A literary expert with over 50 years of teaching experience
  • Perfect for Daily Devotions: With a ribbon marker to keep your place in the book, each entry includes a historical devotional passage, analysis by Ryken, and a concluding Bible passage 
  • Features 50 Devotionals and Creeds from Church History: Features writers such as John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, George MacDonald, Thomas à Kempis, Jane Austen, and J. I. Packer

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Leland Ryken

Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) served as professor of English at Wheaton College for nearly fifty years. He served as literary stylist for the English Standard Version Bible and has authored or edited over sixty books, including The Word of God in English and A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible.

Product Details

Category: Bible Studies & Devotionals
Christian Living
Arts & Literature
Format: Cloth Over Board
Page Count: 192
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 17.21 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7779-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7779-6
ISBN-UPC: 9781433577796
Case Quantity: 36
Published: November 08, 2022

Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction

  1. Finding Rest for Our Restless Heart: Augustine
  2. How Jesus Is Our Hero: Gerard Manley Hopkins
  3. Exhortation to Christlike Living: Florence Nightingale
  4. For Whom the Bell Tolls: John Donne
  5. Communing with God through Nature: George Washington Carver
  6. Preface to Galatians: Martin Luther
  7. Waiting on God: Andrew Murray
  8. The Foundational Principles of the Christian Life: The Westminster and Heidelberg Catechisms 
  9. The Imitation of Christ: Thomas à Kempis
10. Two Prayers: Samuel Johnson
11. Jesus Our Guide and Guardian: John Henry Newman 
12. Bidding Prayer: Lessons and Carols
13. True and Substantial Wisdom: John Calvin
14. What Christians Believe: The Apostles’ Creed
15. Following the Steps of the Master: Harriet Beecher Stowe
16. A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life: William Law
17. Practicing the Presence of God: Brother Lawrence
18. The Saints’ Everlasting Rest: Richard Baxter
19. What Makes the Bible the Greatest Book: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
20. Holy Living: Jeremy Taylor
21. Earthly and Divine Beauty: Jonathan Edwards
22. The Morning Prayer: The Book of Common Prayer
23. Reflections on the Supreme Loveliness of Christ: Dostoyevsky, Edwards, and Watson
24. On Loving God: Bernard of Clairvaux
25. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment: Jeremiah Burroughs
26. Nature as God’s Signpost: Nathaniel Hawthorne
27. Thoughts on the Mission and Greatness of Jesus: Blaise Pascal
28. Holy Dying: Jeremy Taylor
29. Trusting and Praising God in Extremity: William Bradford
30. Evening Prayer: Jane Austen
31. What the Bible Means to a Believer: The Geneva Bible and King James Version
32. The Almost Christian: John Wesley
33. The Estate of Marriage: Martin Luther
34. Death as a Welcome Sleep: John Donne
35. Morning and Evening: Charles Spurgeon 
36. The Mystery of Providence: John Flavel
37. The Believer’s New Name: George MacDonald
38. Reflections on Mortality and Immortality: The Prayer Book’s Burial Service 
39. The World as the Theater of God’s Glory: John Calvin
40. Holiness: J. C. Ryle
41. Death Is the Gate of Life: Lilias Trotter
42. Three Puritan Exhortations to Remember God’s Visitations: Bunyan, Baxter, and Pringle
43. A Believer’s Last Day Is His Best Day: Thomas Brooks
44. Charity and Its Fruits: Jonathan Edwards
45. Reflections on Providence: The Westminster Confession and Heidelberg Catechism 
46. The Pursuit of God: A. W. Tozer
47. The Care of the Soul Urged as the One Thing Needful: George Whitefield
48. Edification from Last Wills and Testaments: Shakespeare, Park, and Keayne
49. All Things Shall Be Well: Julian of Norwich
50. Knowing God: J. I. Packer

Notes on Sources
Person Index
Scripture Index


“Having already opened the eyes of the body of Christ to its treasury of devotional poetry in The Soul in Paraphrase, Leland Ryken now widens our vision to take in the depth and breadth of two millennia of devotional prose. Running the gamut from the giants of the genre (Augustine, John Donne, Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther, Brother Lawrence, Blaise Pascal, Julian of Norwich, Bernard of Clairvaux) to writers we do not usually identify with devotional writing (Florence Nightingale, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George MacDonald, Jane Austen, George Washington Carver), The Heart in Pilgrimage conducts its readers on a spiritual journey that is well worth taking.”
Louis Markos, Professor in English and Scholar in Residence, Houston Baptist University; author, The Myth Made Fact: Reading Greek and Roman Mythology through Christian Eyes

“This collection gives the gift of informed access to a great mixed chorus of voices with often surprising words that prick our imaginations and our hearts of faith. Even as we read and celebrate a glorious heritage of devotional expression, we are drawn ultimately to worship the glorious Lord God of the Scriptures who created us human beings and redeemed us through his Son.”
Kathleen Nielson, author; speaker

“This is an edifying volume of diverse devotional texts skillfully excerpted and each followed by a brief overview. The texts span centuries, and Ryken’s editing makes them very accessible. The texts are marked by artful and clear expression, and all invite readers to open their hearts to God and experience his grace.”
James C. Wilhoit, Professor of Christian Education Emeritus, Wheaton College

“Whenever I am asked to recommend a volume that combines literary study with sound Christian teaching, I recommend Leland Ryken. His new collection of rich devotional literature will move to the top of my list of recommended works. The Heart in Pilgrimage is a treasury of wisdom and beauty to which readers will return again and again.”
Karen Swallow Prior, author, On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books

“Like cool water to a parched throat, Leland Ryken has produced a soul-quenching gift with this collection of devotionals. Filled with beautiful writing devoted to an even more beautiful subject, The Heart in Pilgrimage delivers the truths of the Christian faith through masterful expression, promising to awaken fresh affections for the Lord among believers of every stripe.”
Collin Huber, Senior Editor, Fathom Magazine