Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Review: The Lord's Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer
Insight and Inspiration to Draw You Closer to Him
Dr. R.T. Kendall
Chosen Books
2010

When I received this book the number of pages devoted to the foreword and special recommendations irked me to be honest; however, now that I have read the book they were all well deserved. Dr. Kendall presents a Rock solid exposition of the Lord’s Prayer. Several other authors have done the same and I’ve read a few of them. This one is far and away is the best that I’ve read.

What makes this one the best in my opinion is the author’s depth of understanding and application. He writes from experience, study and time spent meditating on this prayer. His comments and explanations, in many cases, are drawn directly from Scripture, and appropriate to the discussion. He has written from the heart and it shows through on every page. There’s no hint of academic showmanship here. He wants his reader to be impressed with the Lord and the His prayer not the author’s handling of the text.

Besides being a well done book about the Lord’s Prayer, it would make wonderful devotion reading to accompany anyone’s times of prayer. The final chapter is entitled Jesus’ P.S. to the Lord’s Prayer and it closes the book powerfully reinforcing all that had gone before it by visiting forgiveness one last time.

The author has earned the respect and gratitude of many. He freely gives credit to those that have helped him on his way and is not afraid to admit to his failings if they are pertinent to the discussion. I highly recommend this book. Your understanding of the Lord’s Prayer and its power cannot help but be deepened. Don’t miss this little gem. It’s a keeper, for sure.

This book was provided by Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for this review.

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