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Friday, August 13, 2010

Book Review: The Lord's Prayer

I have read previous books by R.T. Kendall, so I was excited to see this one available for review. Kendall, as always, is very humble in his presentation. Fully understanding he is writing about God he asked for those he trusts to proof what he wrote and confirm it as being truth. This is something I fully appreciate in an author who writes within this genera as it can be a daunting one.

This book takes you line by line though the Lord's Prayer. Kendall places each line in historical context, discusses others impressions of the line, and then offers his own researched thoughts. Where appropriate Kendall brings in other scripture to support his argument.

Over all Kendall discussing this importance of this prayer in our lives, the tendency to make it mundane and repetitive, and how to better focus on each line.

"Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors": "To put it another way: If you want to be forgiven, you agree to be forgiven to the extent that you yourself forgive."

"And lead us not into temptation": "You prove how strong you are NOT by how you cope when being tempted, but by seeing how far you can get from temptation."

I would suggest this book, read it slowly, reflect on each chapter, reflect on each line of this prayer, and pray it as Jesus truly suggested it be prayed.

Although this review is completely my opinion I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for writing this review. If you are interested in doing the same check it out here

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