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The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

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by Rick Warren, Richard Jesse Watson (Illustrator)

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'Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.'

The Lord's Prayer pulses with new life through the exquisite illustrations of award-winning artist Richard Jesse Watson, and simple, yet insightful commentary by bestselling author Rick Warren. Watson's use of vibrant color and detailed imagery beautifully captures the essence of Jesus' words to his disciples,


'Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.'

The Lord's Prayer pulses with new life through the exquisite illustrations of award-winning artist Richard Jesse Watson, and simple, yet insightful commentary by bestselling author Rick Warren. Watson's use of vibrant color and detailed imagery beautifully captures the essence of Jesus' words to his disciples, and Warren's thoughtful words help make the King James Version of this prayer come alive for readers young and old.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Watson and Warren's complementary visual and textual interpretations of the familiar Christian prayer provide a welcome devotional resource for parents and children. Against full-bleed paintings, Watson (The Legend of Saint Christopher) offers images of childhood's stages, beginning with a picture suggestive of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam—here, a baby's hand clasps a much larger one against a golden orb of rays and swirls. Ensuing illustrations offer multiethnic depictions of infants, toddlers, and children, sometimes in solitary moments, sometimes joining with creatures young and old, great and small, in celebration. An illustration that accompanies "forgive us our debts" features two siblings who may have fought over a teddy bear, while an image of children playing on a great tree by the sea illustrates "For thine is the kingdom." Warren's introduction tells parents that children "have much to teach us about prayer," while his end-of-book commentary explicating the prayer addresses children; under the "kingdom" image it reads, "I am part of God's family, which will last forever and ever!" This spirited rendition should have wide appeal. Ages 4–7. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—With vibrant illustrations featuring children of all ages and nationalities, Watson illuminates the message of love and worship contained within the lines of the King James Version of The Lord's Prayer. Each spread focuses on a single line, which is printed in elegant font and incorporated into the painting. Images of animals and the sun recur throughout the book. Some of the pictures are painted in rich colors while others appear to be shadowy, gray pencil sketches. One particularly striking illustration shows an African-American boy drawing with colored chalk on the ground ("Thy will be done on earth"). He is surrounded by a kaleidoscope of wild creatures, sun, and stars. Warren explains the meaning behind the words Jesus taught his disciples with line-by-line commentary, teaching young readers the value of prayer. The artist also offers a reflection on what this prayer means to him. This lovely picture book is a fine choice to help parents introduce the practice of prayer into their children's daily lives.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
Kirkus Reviews

Warren, author of the mega-bestsellerThe Purpose Driven Life(2002), and Watson join forces for a thoughtful and visually appealing introduction to the Protestant version of the Lord's Prayer (with forgiveness for debts, not trespasses). Each line of the prayer serves as the text for a double-page spread with an illustration of a child (or several children) relating to that phrase in some imaginative way. For "give us this day our daily bread," a little boy feeds a flock of birds in a readily obvious choice of illustration, but for "as it is in heaven," a line of joyous children and animals (including a lion and a lamb) skip along in a procession into a mysterious swath of swirling stars and streaks of sunshine. The illustration for "lead us not into temptation" is inspired, showing the image of a solemn-faced boy in a mirror against a dark background lit by a single candle. The final pages include smaller reproductions of each page with short commentary by Warren to help explain the meaning of each phrase of the prayer. Watson's light-filled, expressive paintings bring the famous prayer into focus for younger children with greater accessibility than any other currently available edition. Both highly useful and beautiful—an unusual and welcome combination. (author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book/religion. 3-8)

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Illustrated Scripture Series
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Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Rick Warren es pastor, estratega global, teologo y filantropo. Los medios le llaman 'El lider espiritual mas influyente de America' y 'El pastor de America'. el y su esposa, Kay, fundaron la Iglesia Saddleback en California, una propiedad de 120 acres con mas de 300 ministerios comunitarios de ayuda a prisioneros, adictos y padres solteros, entre otros. Como estratega global, el Dr. Warren asesora a lideres en sectores publicos, privados y religiosos en temas de pobreza, salud, educacion, la fe en la cultura y desarrollo de liderazgo. Es invitado a dictar conferencias en congresos y agencias estatales como las Naciones Unidas y es catedratico en diferentes universidades. El Dr. Warren es autor de varios libros, incluyendo el exito de ventas Vida con Proposito.

Richard Jesse Watson has been making books for children since 1984. He collaborated with Ruth Bell Graham on One Wintry Night, and his version of The Night Before Christmas was a New York Times bestseller. Watson won the Golden Kite Award for his picture book, Tom Thumb, and his illustrations have also been selected for the Society of Illustrator's Annual Exhibits. Richard and his wife, Susi, live in Port Townsend, Washington. Their children are following in his footsteps as writers and illustrators of children's books.

www.Richard Jesse Watson.com

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The Lord's Prayer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
For young children, just learning their first prayers, The Lord's Prayer is the perfect book to gently guide them along the path to finding our Lord. Using the King James version of The Lord's Prayer, the prayer is first given with just a few words, and a gorgeous illustration, per two-page spread. Then towards the back of the book, the prayer and illustrations are repeated, this time with commentary added by Rick Warren. Warren keeps his commentary simple for young readers. For example, with the text "as it is in heaven" he explains, "Heaven is the happy place where God lives. One day I'll get to live there too, because I love and trust in Jesus, God's Son." The last two-page spread of the book is a sunburst with The Lord's Prayer placed predominantly so parents and children can read it together. The highlight for this version of The Lord's Prayer has to be the lavish illustrations by award-winning illustrator Richard Jesse Watson. They are bright, colorful and invite the reader to engage with the prayer. While a few of the pictures may seem unrelated to the portion of the prayer on that page, it's not an easy task trying to match a phrase such as "thy will be done in earth," with a picture. Overall, these illustrations, and indeed, this book, are an inspiration to all who share this prayer with Our Lord. Quill says: A beautiful and inspirational book to help draw youngsters closer to God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won't regret this purchase!
Megan Sanchez More than 1 year ago
this is an amazing and truly inspirational children's book.......we're going to make it a nightly ritual to read it to our boys.
6readers More than 1 year ago
Who knew "The Lord's Prayer" could be revisited in such a refreshing way? The illustrations in this book are thoughtful and compelling, bringing this prayer to life in a powerful way. It's sure to be a family treasure for years to come. I plan to buy more for gifts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago