Friday, August 2, 2013

Where Heaven Meets Earth by Timothy W. Fisher

This book will help us move the Lord's Prayer away from "vain repetition".

Pastor Fisher spends the first sixty-six pages unpacking the ideas behind the words in the prayer Jesus taught his disciples to pray.

Section one answers the question, "why should we pray the Lord's Prayer?" In this section, Fisher sends us back to the time when Jesus was speaking to his followers. Ours eyes are opened to the context of the story. Then we skip ahead to the early church and see that this prayer was probably repeated often by the church as reported in Acts.

Section two pulls the veil wide open to connect the Prayer to the larger story of God's redemption of mankind. This was the section that had me engaged completely. For each phrase of the Lord's Prayer Fisher takes us on a journey of the ancient Jewish culture. It gets wide and clear before he focuses us back to the words of the prayer.

I found myself unable to put the book down while reading section two. I wish there was more. (We'll just have to pray for a new book soon) Explaining Scripture in a clear and easy-to-conprehend way is obviously a strength for this author. By combining ancient culture insights and quotes from other, various voices adds another layer and flavor to a prayer that some Evangelicals feel has grown stale.

Section three is a prayer guide for individuals and/or groups. You'll be able to go day-by-day as you pray specific segments of The Lord's Prayer. There are plenty of additional Scripture verses that help flesh out direction when you pray.

There are a couple surveys pertaining to people and their prayer life at the end of the book. These surveys speak volumes to the reality of prayer (or lack thereof) in our day-to-day lives.

This is a great book to help you learn more about a prayer taught thousands of years ago. I can't wait to see what comes next!

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by the author.

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