Living the Lord's Prayer: The Way of the Disciple

Living the Lord's Prayer: The Way of the Disciple

Living the Lord's Prayer: The Way of the Disciple

Living the Lord's Prayer: The Way of the Disciple


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Contained in the Lord's Prayer is a complete picture of our life with God. Covering topics ranging from our view of God to our most intimate human relationship to how we treat the world around us and the people in it, the Lord's Prayer is a trustworthy guide for spiritual formation and a compact handbook for holiness. In Living the Lord's Prayer, Father Albert Haase follows the lines of this greatest of all prayers, showing how the ideas have been understood by great people of faith in the past and revealing how they are useful for our spiritual formation today. With Haase's counsel plus the wisdom of this great cloud of witnesses that includes Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, Thérèse of Lisieux and others, you'll discover how God can use this prayer to shape your very soul. Including true stories and reflection questions for individual consideration or discussion with a spiritual director or small group, Living the Lord's Prayer will teach you to live—rather than simply say—the Lord's Prayer, and thereby to walk in the way of a true disciple.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830835294
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 02/27/2009
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 2.70(d)

About the Author

Albert Haase, O.F.M. (Ph.D., Fordham University), is adjunct professor of spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. He is also director of the School of Spirituality at Mayslake Ministries in Westmont, Illinois. A former missionary to mainland China for over a decade, he is the coauthor of Enkindled and the author of Instruments of Christ (both published by St. Anthony Messenger Press).

Gerald L. Sittser (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of theology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. He is also the author of A Grace Disguised, The Will of God as a Way of Life and Love One Another.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gerald L. Sittser

Preface: Guiding Spiritual Formation

1. God as Father: Shaping a Healthy Image of God
2. "Our" Father: Recognizing the Family of All Creation
3. Who art in heaven: Experiencing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
4. Hallowed be Thy name: Walking in the Presence of God
5. Thy kingdom come: Promoting God's Intention for the World
6. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven: Making Faith-Based Decisions
7. Give us this day our daily bread: Becoming What We Receive
8. Forgive us our trespasses: Running Into a Father's Open Arms
9. As we forgive those who trespass against us: Seeing With the Eyes of Compassion
10. Lead us not into temptation: Refusing to Dance With the Devil
11. Deliver us from evil: Embracing the Cross

Conclusion: Living the Lord's Prayer


What People are Saying About This

Dianne Bergant

"Too often we fail to appreciate the depth of religious sentiment in the prayers with which we are most familiar. In this book, Albert Haase has brought together his extensive knowledge of spirituality, insights that have been honed by several years of pastoral ministry and spiritual direction, and his God-given talent for creative thinking as he reflects anew on the Lord's Prayer. . . . I'm sure that St. Teresa of Ávila would welcome this new look at the prayer she loved so well."
Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., professor of Old Testament studies, Catholic Theological Union, and author of People of the Covenant

Sean Herriott

"Albert Haase combines a deep understanding of theology, keen insights into the human condition and observations about his own life's journey into a highly readable and helpful tool for personal devotion. Living the Lord's Prayer will help you deepen your relationship with Christ as you reflect on the prayer he taught us. You'll find yourself returning to this book after the first reading (as I have), and finding fresh insights every time you do so."
Sean Herriott, host of Morning Air(TM) on Relevant Radio

Christopher Webb

"Prayer is the foundation of life, and for Christians all prayer is shaped by the words and spirit of the Lord's Prayer. In taking a fresh look at these familiar words, Albert Haase has engaged in a sparkling conversation with the great thinkers, writers and saints of the last twenty centuries; the result is a fascinating book which will provoke your thinking and leave you yearning to immerse yourself more deeply in our Father's presence."
Christopher Webb, president, Renovaré

Macrina Wiederkehr

"If your image of God needs healing, this book was written for you. Living the Lord's Prayer is a gift, a bright offering for today's seekers and disciples. It is a truly worthy guide for both prayer and study, embellished with theological, literary and contemporary reflection. I absolutely love it and joyfully recommend it."
Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B., author of Seven Sacred Pauses and A Tree Full of Angels

From the foreword by Gerald L. Sittser

"I commend my dear friend Father Albert for writing this book on the Lord's Prayer, and I commend his book to you, the reader, to relish it, ponder it, pray it, and live it."

Phyllis Tickle

"I have rarely been inclined to describe a book as superb, but in this case, no other word will do. Living the Lord's Prayer is so rich in story and holy conversation that, in conjunction with Scripture, it could make an almost complete library for those seeking authentic Christian formation."
Phyllis Tickle, compiler of The Divine Hours and author of The Great Emergence

Lauren Winner

"Living the Lord's Prayer is not, actually, about only the Lord's Prayer--it is about how we conceive of God, and what happens when we encounter God. Many of us have repeated the Lord's Prayer so often that we have ceased to notice what we're saying. Albert Haase's insights and reflections will help you not just understand the Lord's Prayer more deeply; this book will also help you pray those words that Jesus taught with more attentiveness."
Lauren Winner, Duke Divinity School, author of Girl Meets God

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