Living the Prayer

The everyday challenge of the Lord's Prayer

Trystan Owain Hughes

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Another great contribution from an author always rooted in the practicalities and compassion. Offering a resource on the most famous prayer in the world is a huge challenge but Hughes offers us something genuinely fresh and new. A reminder of the radical power of some life-changing words.
Revd Dr Keith Hebden, author and activist

Content

What are we really saying when we say the Lord's Prayer?

What are we expecting?

Living the Prayer is a fresh perspective on the Lord's Prayer. Rooted in the Bible as well as in contemporary culture, it explores how this prayer can radically challenge and transform our daily lives. Contained in the prayer's seventy words is a fresh and innovative way of viewing, and acting in, the world that is as relevant now as it was 2000 years ago. The author shows that this revolutionary prayer demands that we don't remain on our knees, but, rather, that we work towards making God's topsy-turvy, downside-up kingdom an everyday reality.

Contents

Prologue

  • Our Father, in heaven
  • Hallowed be your name
  • Your kingdom come, your wlil be done, on earth as in heaven
  • Give us today our daliy bread
  • Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us
  • Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evli
  • For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and for ever

Epliogue

Acknowledgements

Bibliography

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Endorsements

Another great contribution from an author always rooted in the practicalities and compassion. Offering a resource on the most famous prayer in the world is a huge challenge but Hughes offers us something genuinely fresh and new. A reminder of the radical power of some life-changing words.
Revd Dr Keith Hebden, author and activist

The title of this book so aptly describes its contents. It is a not only a sensitive, thoughtful and painstaking exposition of the Lord's prayer, it is a call to put it in action in our lives and communities. In confronting us with the great gap which so often exists between what we pray and how we live, Trystan Hughes encourages us to face the challenges of living more fully before God. As each chapter carefully sifts the significance of every phrase of the Lord's prayer, we are offered wisdom from others and compelling insights from the author which take us into layers of new understanding. The result is a very fine contribution to a subject which can never be exhausted - and a contribution especially vital for today.
Dr Elaine Storkey, author and broadcaster

Author info

Trystan Owain Hughes is the Director of Ordinands for the Diocese of Llandaff and priest-in-charge of Christ Church, Roath Park, Cardiff, Wales. Since being ordained, he has become particularly interested in making theology and spirituality relevant to today's church. He is the author of the 2013 BRF Advent Book Real God in the Real World. Trystan has also been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 and is on the theological commission that assists the bench of Welsh Bishops.

Reviews

I read [Living the Prayer] in one sitting - with what I would mostly call breathless enjoyment... This is an excellent book in the tradition of powerful, prophetic, prayerful writing on the Lord's Prayer. I hope it receives a wide readership... Trystan paints a beautiful picture of the Kingdom of God, breaking in and just out of reach. He is particularly focused on the justice aspect of the Kingdom - the book is littered with calls to action and protest, against the way things are - but some of the most moving writing has to do with how we experience the Kingdom of God in brokenness and pain...
This book is one that would work well as a devotional to go deeper into the Lord's Prayer, or as a book to read about the Lord's Prayer and prayer in general, or as a very helpful bank of quotes and ideas to mine if preaching or writing about prayer...
An expert blend of what I would call a passion for the Lord's Prayer and an encouragement and celebration of prayer more generally. Throughout, as one might expect from someone who has both written about justice and marinated deeply in the Lord's Prayer, there is the throbbing beat of justice. www.thomascreedy.com/book-review-living-the-prayer Thomas Creedy


Wow! what a challenge. I have probably uttered the Lord's Prayer hundreds of times without allowing the 63 words to penetrate my deeper understanding of the radical truths in each phrase. Rev Dr Trystan provides a terrific challenge to regular worshipers and others who may consider this inherited prayer as stale bread. I was challenged and inspired by sentences like, "This prayer cries out for justice, bread, forgiveness and deliverance. We need to unpack each line to explore the richness and depth of each phrase. Prayer should never be a pious escape. Prayer is a relationship to God that inspires us to act. It is a doer's prayer. Reciting the prayer is not enough we need to be living it out." Very many thanks to Dr Trystan and his congregation for their participation in giving birth to this treasure to be read by believers and those who need to be refreshed in their relationship with God, our loving and forgiving Father. Enjoy the challenge to read and then to act. Gwilym Wyn Robertson on Amazon

I highly recommend this author and his wonderfully written and engaging book. Since starting to read this book I have found myself capturing the Lord's Prayer more in my thoughts when it is read aloud in church and then thoughts and ideas from the book resonating through bible readings and outside church in my day-to-day life ... I even found thoughts and ideas from the book resonating in my mind whilst watching the newly released Star Wars film, particularly the chapter 'For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever...Lizzy Sharpe on Amazon.

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857466235
  • Published: 17 November 2017
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
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