When Danielle Shroyer went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, she had one goal: to enjoy God, fully present to the presence of the Holy. Tired of her own wordy prayers and theological thoughts as a pastor, she wanted her prayers to be quiet listening rather than incessant speaking. When the Lord’s Prayer came to mind in the midst of her silence, she welcomed the words of Jesus as the only words she needed. Thus began a rhythm that lasted for two weeks of pilgrimage, as she traveled, praying only the words Jesus taught. Immersed in a sense of place, she felt the prayer coming to life in new and unexpected ways.
The Lord’s Prayer has remained with us for two thousand years for many reasons. Here it returns to its place of origin, carried deep in the heart of a pilgrim traveler as she walks where Jesus walked and discovers within its words the depth, beauty and truth of the One who prayed them first.
“For a while, my prayer was only breath, rhythmic and slow. Then, after a while, it seemed only fitting to pray the Lord’s Prayer—nothing more, nothing less. Just Jesus’s words of hope for this world and for these his children. Our Father, who art in heaven. . . .” —from the Introduction
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About the Author
Danielle Shroyer is an author, speaker, and blogger. She serves as the Theologian-in-Residence at Journey Church, one of the first independent emerging churches in the country, where she also pastored for eight years. Danielle is also the author of The Boundary Breaking God: An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise. A graduate of Baylor University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she speaks often on issues of theology, faith, church leadership, culture, and story. She has written for Patheos, The Hardest Question, and Immerse magazine, and she blogs at www.danielleshroyer.com. Danielle lives with her husband and two children in Dallas, Texas.
What People are Saying About This
Danielle Shroyer has written a beautiful book, a wise book, a supremely interesting book, and a book that can help you do one of the most important and meaningful things in life … encounter God, as you are, wherever you are. —Brian D. McLaren, author/activist
“Danielle’s beautiful and wise ‘love letter to the Holy Land’ brought me right back to the smells, sounds, and textures of that extraordinary place, and it drew me into a deeper connection with the Lord’s Prayer along the way. This book is an invitation to walk with Jesus in a richer way, and I’ve learned from every step along that journey.” —Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine and Savor.
As someone who regularly leads immersion trips to the Holy Land, I am familiar with the best resources available. Shroyer’s book now tops the list. She presents unexpected, new ways of viewing the places, and she centers it entirely around a conversation with Jesus. Highly recommended! —Jaime Clark-Soles, Associate Professor of New Testament, SMU Perkins School of Theology