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Posted December 7, 2010
It seems that the Lord 's Prayer has lost its potency for many in the church. In some circles, recitation of this famous prayer is for penance, in others it is an exercise done as a portion of the liturgical order of the service. R.T. Kendall has segmented this prayer, delivering a deeper look into the meaning behind the words in his book The Lord's Prayer. Like his other works, Kendall instructs with such compassion for those reading that he opens bits of his own life, laying it on the table for us to examine and see that it is all right to be imperfect, for we all are on a journey to become like our Lord Jesus Christ. Part of our journey includes implementing the entirety of the Lord's Prayer into our daily lives. Knowing that we are frail, the Lord gives us a navigational device in His word to follow.
When reading "The Lord's Prayer," I found it somewhat difficult to get into at the beginning, but quickly locked into the teaching, alternately being convicted, encouraged, and strengthened to press in to the teachings of Jesus. For many who struggle with self-condemnation, Kendall addresses issues with constant encouragement, "if it were for works that we are saved then we would all be lost," (paraphrased). How true! Thankfully, it is not by works we are saved, but grace.
My mind races with lists of all who I believe would benefit from reading this book; my own name in bold at the top. This is one book worth the reading and re-reading.
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Posted September 5, 2010
The Lord's Prayer by R.T. Kendall is and insightful and thought-provoking look at a prayer we've all know by heart. How many times have you said the Lord's Prayer? Now how often have you taken the time to truly think about the words you are saying and what you are asking of God? Kendall breaks the prayer down phrase by phrase and analyzes what Jesus' intent was in asking us to pray those specific words and what they mean for us today. From acknowledging God as our Father and Lord to accepting His will be done to asking for our daily needs and releasing our sins as well as others, each chapter covers a specific area of our life that is covered by this well-known prayer. Kendall encourages its use in the church regularly, as well as frequent personal use, because the prayer really does take care of all our needs, spiritual, physical, material, and emotional. Kendall pays extra attention to the forgiveness of others (as we forgive those who trespass against us), because not only is it in the original prayer, but Jesus addresses it again after he gives the prayer to the disciples. He gives this two thousand year old prayer new life and readers will never say it mindlessly again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 28, 2010
The Lord's Prayer might be the best known prayer around the world, but few people understand its meaning and scope. This is what this book is about - a profound study by Minister Kendall, which has the possibility of causing a huge change in people's lives by the understanding of our identity as Christians, as well as our responsibilities as church, one of which is making the name of God be honored, and living in true forgiveness. But without the true freedom that comes from knowing God and developing a relationship with Him, this cannot be attained. This book is an invitation to make prayer personal and to pray from the heart. This brings me to mention that the author emphasizes the need to go back to the Bible; reading, studying and meditating on it are the sure paths to get to know God and develop a close relationship with Him.
Another asset of this book is Mr. Kendall's explanation of concepts, according to their meaning and usage in the languages the Bible was written in. This fact gives a solid foundation to his exposition of the Lord's Prayer, as it is not based on a personal opinion; neither does he try to fit it within any particular doctrine. It might be a slow read, but just because of all the revelation and insight there is to grasp.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for review. This, however, does not bias my opinion on the book nor on the author.
Posted August 18, 2010
Bestselling author, R. T. Kendall, takes us back to the basics of prayer in his latest book. Although the way we communicate with each other continues to change over time (and seemingly become less personal), communication with God through prayer has maintained its power and effectiveness.
Kendall, a man of prayer, shares his wisdom and insight on this simple subject which many believers have failed to truly understand and practice. He writes that in understanding The Lord's Prayer, believers will be able to pray God's will and learn how to pray scriptural, rather than fleshly motivated prayers This book is a good reminder that we need to be more interested in God's will and desires, than our own.
Posted August 16, 2010
Using the Lord's Prayer as a guide, R. T. Kendall explains and expounds upon each petition to help us arrive at the answer to which the disciples sought when they asked our Savior, "Teach us to pray." (Luke 11:1)
This is a wonderful work on prayer. So often the Lord's Prayer is repeated thoughtlessly or simply overlooked all together. Let this stop now! You can not walk away from this book without being amazed and inspired by what Jesus was demonstrating and teaching in this powerful prayer. In it is contained a depth of which I had never before (or yet) fully grasped. Oh how great and sufficient our God is!
But don't limit the Lord's Prayer or this book simply to the issue of prayer. The thoughts contained in each will shed light on our entire lives, as they deal with our relationship with God and the world. Nothing is left unturned. This is a definite must read and I recommend it to all.
On a final note, the book ends with a challenging chapter on forgiveness. Our forgiveness of others. Ouch!
I'd like to thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me this free copy of The Lord's Prayer for review.
Posted August 14, 2010
The Lord's Prayer: Insight and Inspiration to Draw You Closer to Him is a slow read, but not because the writing is dry. In fact the writing is far from dry. There are a lot of evident truths revealed, which need to be chewed upon before proceeding on to the next.
Kendall breaks down the Lord's Prayer into individual pieces. By giving each petition the special attention it deserves, Kendall shows us what exactly Jesus meant in His response to his disciples' plea to teach them how to pray. Scripture, as well as insight from past theologians, and the author's own personal experience allows the reader to see beyond prayer as a whole and deep into the layers.
There is quite the little gem in the final chapter. In a time when grudges abound and bitterness destroys relationships, I am pleased to see Kendall take a chapter and delve into the power of forgiveness.
Whether you are curious about the deeper meaning of the Lord's Prayer or you are looking for a deeper, more fulfilling relationship with God, I highly recommend this book.
Posted August 6, 2010
Vertical Reach = 3
Kendall is reveals insight into how praying the "Lord's Prayer" has changed, blessed, and affected his life.
Ministry Message = 4
Praying the Lord's Prayer should be an integral part in each person in relationship with Christ's prayer life.
Craft = 3
Sometimes conversational and sometimes instructional the flow of the book was done in a currently popular and preferred format. Readers who enjoy this format will benefit most from the read.
Aesthetics = 3
It was pretty but would not have caught my attention on a blog or in a bookstore.
Dollar$ & $ense = 3.1
Someone who is looking for basic information on the purpose and benefits of praying the Lord's prayer will find this book beneficial. It would be a good reference guide for those studying the foundation of prayer in Christianity.
This book was provided for review by the publisher.
Posted August 3, 2010
Don't think anyone could write over 200 pages on the simple "Our Father who art in heaven" prayer? Think again. In Kendall's book, each line of the prayer is dissected in great detail. Even the history behind it, when it was said, and who Jesus said it to is expounded upon. An additional chapter even discusses what Jesus said to the crowd after He recited the prayer. The book has five parts and twelve chapters, so it is very reader friendly. The arguments are very dense and Protestant, though. As a Catholic, I don't necessarily agree with all that Kendall says and assumes / proclaims as fact. However, I still learned a lot about the Lord's prayer and the importance of prayer. I like how Kendall capitalizes pronouns when speaking about God. What I don't understand, though, is why he didn't capitalize them when quoting scripture. Also, while some Bible verses are quoted, others are just mentioned with the book title, chapter, and verse. I think, if he wanted to relate a topic to a Bible verse, no matter how small, he should have quoted it. All in all, Christan readers will not agree with everything Kendall says, but they'll appreciate digging into the "Our Father who art in heaven" for a change of pace.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.