When Jesus taught his disciples to pray the Lord's Prayer, they received the prayer from an Aramaic perspective that offered many levels of spiritual meaning. The beloved Our Father provides expanded meanings when the Lord's Prayer is interpreted and prayed with the foundation of the language Jesus spoke in mind. As readers learn the history of the Lord's Prayer and study each phrase, they will recognize a profound framework for spiritual growth. Building around God's desire for unity among all creation, each petition is explored to reveal internal, external, literal, metaphorical, and mystical treasures common to the Aramaic language. In Living Color: The Lord's Prayer concludes with group-oriented discussion questions related to scripture and to the participants' life experience to explore how praying and meditating with new perspectives on the traditional words of the Lord's Prayer rooted in the language Jesus spoke can help Christians grow spiritually. Editorial Reviews: I have t read a religion-based book in a long while. I am glad I chose this one. Raised as a Catholic, I recited the Lord's Prayer by rote many times. Exploring its Aramaic origins reawakened a long dormant seed of faith. Well written, t preachy, the author shares a contagious enthusiasm for true prayer. Mule Maven I enjoy Paul W. Meier's teaching because he excels at encouraging Christians to think more deeply about biblical truth than they ever thought was possible. He clearly explains the Scriptures with sentences that are simple and accurate. The Prayer of the Lord is an immensely helpful and practical resource for any who desire a richer, more biblically-informed prayer life. This little book w takes its place with the classics on prayer. MaryAnn Fresh, new, and inspiring! Not your traditional approach. Not for the person who thinks they kw it all already!!! I really enjoyed this book and got a deeper love for the prayer of Jesus we call the Lord's Prayer. Jude Mogyordy Writing style is superb. So much to think of when praying the Lord's Prayer. Unique style and much to consider when praying. Robert A. Leon Paul Meier's wonderful book re-introduces me to the Lord's Prayer in a way that allows me to glimpse a deeper meaning in its well-kwn message. Yes, on one level this prayer is perfectly wonderful taken at face value. But when Meier walks us through the shades of meaning found in the prayer's original language, I'm reminded all over again that my relationship with God is a living, growing relationship, with new layers available to me whenever I am ready to look beneath the surface of old, familiar words. Peg Robarchek
Rev. Paul W. Meier received a Masters of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a Masters of Sacred Theology from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He is a second career Lutheran pastor who has been published in The Upper Room, Christ In Our Home, Pray!, Alive Now, The Lutheran, and Lutheran Partners.