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The Lord and His Prayer (SPCK Classic) [Paperback]

Tom Wright
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20 April 2012 SPCK Classic
By looking in detail at the Lord's Prayer and its background, Tom Wright offers a really fresh and helpful way of looking at Jesus. Phrase by phrase, he demonstrates how understanding the prayer in its original setting can be the starting point for a rekindling of Christian spirituality and the life of prayer. This small masterpiece of a book contains a great deal to stimulate and refresh both the mind and the heart - and to show that, properly understood, they belong together.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (20 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281068011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281068012
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christianity Today "Wright combines a sharp homiletical style with his rich background as a New Testament scholar. . . . A helpful book for the devotional life of beginning prayers as well as for the more mature Christian, not only during Advent, but also throughout the church year." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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TOM WRIGHT, formerly Bishop of Durham, is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. He is a regular broadcaster on radio and television, and the author of over forty books, including the For Everyone guides to the New Testament, and the best-selling Simply Christian (2006), Surprised by Hope (2007) and Virtue Reborn (2010).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cuts through the cliches 31 Oct 2009
Because we all know the Lord's Prayer, it can be hard to get anything new out of it - to reach a new level with it. If you're tired of the same old words, this book is excellent. Tom Wright breaks the prayer into sections and applies it all to everyday life, as well as suggesting further directions for our prayers. The book is easy to take chapter by chapter, to use for a while and then come back to it. Because the book is so short, it's all to-the-point, and it's worth going back over sections. If you want to develop your prayer life, this book is a really good place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revitalising mind and heart 8 Sep 2012
This short book, 89 pages, is based on a series of sermons Tom Wright preached in Lichfield Cathedral in Advent 1995. He chose the Lord's Prayer because he saw it as a distillation of his work on the historical Jesus, and what he sees as Jesus' sense of vocation, mission, understanding of Jewish traditions and Scripture and understanding of the signs of his times. And also, that Cathedrals are meant to be a "powerhouse of prayer."
Tom Wright takes us through the prayer, then, clause by clause. He wants us to breathe the prayer afresh, to be revitalised by the total claim Jesus has on our lives. Those familiar with Tom Wright's work will find many of his key themes here; (a) his marrying of academic work on the historical Jesus and Biblical scholarship and his deep faith; (b) his understanding that the Kingdom as preached by Jesus is not a dualistic spiritual afterlife or a totally spiritual Heaven established when the evil world of physical matter is destroyed. No, this is "God's good world' and creation, all of it in its physical entirety, is groaning towards redemption, and that redemption will be a renewed physical universe and we will be renewed and re-born physically; (c) his understanding that Jesus' message has a total claim on our lives. We cannot dispense with the political, as Jesus' message was as politically powerful as it is possible to be, and shook the powers of his day to their core, as it does now. This then has implications for our social mission and responsibilities; (d) that sacramental theology is essential, that is the embodiment of Christ's life and teaching through our own physical actions and rituals. The Eucharist connects us in a very real sense to our Lord, an intensely powerful drama.
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4.0 out of 5 stars powerful prayer 17 April 2012
Here in this new repackaged classic:- Tom Wright approaches the most famous prayer as understood in its historical context. The emphas of this is in six of the prayer's key phrases pertaining to: the Father, Kingdom, Daily Bread, Forgiveness, Deliverance, and Power & Glory. Wright seeks to create for the reader the Jewish mindset on Jesus' day and how this prayer would be understood by them. Another major theme of this book is that the Lord's Prayer is not merely a prayer to be prayed, but an outline of how a disciple of Christ is to live out a life in obedience.

This is truly a book to meditate and linger with, especially in how we should live out the words of this ancient prayer. I agree with much of Wright's views on this matter, as Christians need to be more committed to the poor and the suffering. This book is a prophetic reminder that we need to be not only praying for such a fulfillment of God's will on earth, but that we are also the very instruments that God will use to build the Kingdom itself. A small masterpiece. Phrase by phrase this is supreme crafting and scholarly faithfulness! All that I wished for was more length and depth of pursuit of godly wisdom.
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