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W. Phillip Keller, rancher, agrologist, and author of the best-selling A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, this time focuses his gaze on The Lord's Prayer and shares what these words mean to him....

Title : A Layman Looks at the Lord's Prayer
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Number of Pages : 155 Pages
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  • Kris
    2019-02-26 08:19

    Not particularly impressed. Three stars just because what he says is... true. I can't knock it for being bad. In fact I agree with the basic messages of the book and I think they are important.But that doesn't mean I enjoyed it. The writing is nothing special. He could have said many things better and he left many things unsaid. It's simple to its own detriment.It truly is a review of the Lord's Prayer by a layman. I was disappointed; I think I went into it expecting an analysis of the Lord's Prayer by a theologian.I received a free copy of this book while at Book Expo America in New York City in summer 2017.

  • Becky
    2019-03-14 08:29

    I enjoyed reading W. Phillip Keller's A Layman Looks at the Lord's Prayer. This is an author I've been meaning to read for over a decade. I've heard great things about his A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 and so I was excited to get the chance to review this title. Keller goes through the Lord's Prayer line by line, or, phrase by phrase. I would say this one is definitely leaning more towards being a devotional book than Heavy, Serious Theology. Devotional books may be abundant, but, good ones are not always so.

  • Dallas
    2019-03-12 10:09

    Nice small commentary on the Lords Prayer. P. Keller always on target.

  • Dick Gookin
    2019-03-17 13:15

    Thought provoking! Do you really know what you are praying for when you say this prayer?

  • Nathan Albright
    2019-03-01 09:24

    [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]Like many people, I am familiar with the appealing rhythm and cadence of Matthew 6:9-13 and find it a frequent area of my own personal spiritual reflection and study [1].  In this deeply insightful book, dedicated with proper affection to the author's "humble layman" father, the author writes a thoughtful study on the Lord's Prayer--using the familiar version in Matthew--and adds a great deal of context to help revitalize what can be vain repetition in the mouth of many believers.  This book does such a good job that it made me greatly curious about the author's other layman's looks at various scriptures.  Parts of this book have the same sort of grandeur and moving nature of, for example, Nouwen's eloquent discussion of the Parable of the Prodigal Son(s) [2], and anyone whose writing can evoke Nouwen's passionate discussion of God's paternal love for humanity is definitely doing something worthy of commendation.  The author's honesty about the nature of mankind at times is bracing, but for those who are willing to view the Word of God as a mirror into our dark souls will find a great deal of insight here.In a bit more than 150 pages, the author divides the Lord's Prayer into twelve chapters.  The first chapter deals with God as our Father.  Then the author turns to a discussion of the Kingdom of Heaven and the glory of life after the inauguration of the new heavens and new earth.  The author then discusses the importance of reputation in the hallowing of God's name.  The fourth chapter looks at the desire for God's kingdom to come, viewed in an almost amillennial way through the workings of believers in bringing people into contact with a little bit of the Kingdom of Heaven through their own lives.  After that the author looks at God's will in an expansive sense, as well as the prayer that things be on earth as they are in heaven.  The next three chapters tackle the subject of God providing us with our daily bread through divine providence as well as a recognition of the forgiveness of our debts that we receive from God and our solemn obligation to forgive others for their offenses against us and overcome the grudges that we have against them.  The last three chapters look at God not leading us into temptation, but instead delivering us from evil, and what it means for the kingdom, power, and glory to be God's forever.Although this book is aimed at laymen, this book is has a broader applicability.  Indeed, those who are ordinary believers can grasp this book--it contains no difficult discussion of esoteric theological terms--but the book has much broader application.  Indeed, this book, given the author's skill in finding relevant cross-reference material to the language of the model prayer, can serve as an inspiration to sermon speakers who can find a great deal of material in order to serve their congregations in a message or a series of messages on the subject.  As a resource book that is of use for both lay members and ministry alike on a subject of widespread interest and that tackles subjects of great importance in our own spiritual lives and our struggle against sin, the corruption within ourselves, and the blandishments of Satan and his demons, this is a book that should find itself a place in many bookshelves.  It has certainly earned a well-regarded place on my own crowded bookshelves.[1] See, for example:

  • Julia
    2019-03-23 12:10

    A Layman Looks At The Lord's Prayer by W. Phillip Keller is a line-by-line study of the Lord's Prayer. I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting when I requested this book for review. A Bible study on the implications within the Lord's Prayer, perhaps. Or maybe a deeper understanding of how it relates to Christ and the rest of the Bible story as a whole; insight into how this piece of Scripture fits into the big picture.Yes, both of those descriptions fit this book. However it is also so much more. Phillip has taken the Lord's Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13 and turned it into a roadmap for the ideal Christian lifestyle. He combines personal experiences, Biblical examples, and brief historical references to bring us a thorough in-depth study and review of what exactly it means to be a Christian and to pray to God in the manner in which Jesus Christ showed us.Phillip reminds us that most people rush through the Lord's Prayer as though it is simply one more checkbox they need to check off before continuing their day. And yet, he gently rebukes us into admitting that we know it is supposed to be so much more. As with everything else in the Bible, there is a very distinct purpose and meaning behind every word. Once we embrace this purpose, it opens the pathway for our daily prayer to be so much more than just a quick plea for God's graces.The Lord's Prayer becomes an opportunity to embrace God as our loving father, learn to honor and respect Him, follow His will so that we may lead others to His kingdom, admit out sins and faults, and so much more. This becomes the very backbone of what it means to seek God and follow Him.I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the significance behind this piece of Scripture, as well as to anyone seeking a closer relationship with God on a daily basis. I did find that portions of this book may be a bit difficult for the "layman" as the title implies is the targeted audience. However, Phillip provides enough repetition during each chapter in the form of various stories, examples, and re-wordings that even if parts of the book are hard for the reader to understand, as long as they keep reading, he will quickly light a simpler path to keep them going in the right direction. 5/5 stars.*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

  • Mark
    2019-03-21 08:32

    I am very familiar with this author's book "A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23." Although this book has been out for several years, I am not familiar with it. When this new printing of it came up for review, I decided to review it, as I like reading about the Lord's Prayer. Keller assigns a different chapter to each phrase in the prayer, coming in at 12 chapters. I like his writing style, and he brought out some thoughts I had never read or considered before. He doesn't belabor the points he makes, yet does a thorough job of getting them across. The book totals 157 pages, which shows he does manage to say a lot about this short little prayer. I found the whole book interesting and helpful, but especially enjoyed and appreciated the chapter "Thy Will Be Done." Keller brought out some great points about God's will, and it was something I needed to read. This was an interesting and fresh look at this prayer we have read and prayed over and over, and I definitely recommend it.I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Katherine
    2019-03-20 12:15

    This book is only 176 pages, but it has so much to think about and chew on. A Layman Looks At The Lord's Prayer takes the Lord's prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13 section by section. The writer (W. Phillip Keller) breaks down the significance of each point. This is a well known prayer, many people have it memorized. This book helps you dig deeper. What does "father" truly mean? What or where is heaven exactly? Lead us not into temptation? Why would be lead there? This book sheds light on so much. I highly recommend it. There's no way I can only read it once, I need to read it at least one more time.** I received this book from Moody Publishers for this review. I was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions are on my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Sandra Butler
    2019-03-08 14:30

    A wonderful, down to earth explanationYears ago, I read this book and am reading it again because our small group is studying the Lord's Prayer. There is so much understandable content that explains Jesus' teaching. Excellent!

  • Joy
    2019-03-06 13:22

    Good devotional overview of the Lord's Prayer, and some good insights.

  • Jeff Ragan
    2019-03-03 07:13

    This is a good breakdown of the Lord's Prayer, but is more devotional in nature, laying out the author's personal views on the principles, rather than an exegesis of the passage.

  • Kathleen Garber
    2019-02-24 09:18

    The author is a layman in that he is not a professor of theology or a pastor or the like but he has been actively involved with many bible study groups and has written other books about the bible. You wouldn’t be able to tell though if you hadn’t known as his insights make perfect sense and match what the bible is all about.Have you ever really thought about the Lord’s Prayer, specifically why it has the words it has? Or like most people, me included, have you recited the Lord’s Prayer in church and on your own without really taking the time to figure out what it means, its deeper meaning? The book is 155 pages long which sounds long considering the Lord’s Prayer is only 5 lines long but at no point does the author ramble on a tangent. He tells stories yes but they are all related and I feel I understand the Lord’s Prayer a lot better now.

  • Angus Mcfarlane
    2019-03-24 09:21

    Some occasional highlights where the writers enthusiasm overflows (which is no to say the content at these points is particularly solid exegetically), but I found it somewhat trite and sentimental, reflecting perhaps a different audence to the generation I'm part of.

  • Bonnie Dieffenbacher
    2019-03-07 09:19

    This book takes apart The Lord's Prayer line by line and gives an explanation for what each line means. An interesting book.