In Words of Power, Echoes of Praise, Prayers from the Psalms, Book II, author Lynnda Ell again brings us a wonderful devotional book with prayers baseIn Words of Power, Echoes of Praise, Prayers from the Psalms, Book II, author Lynnda Ell again brings us a wonderful devotional book with prayers based on the Psalms. I know Lynnda Ell's heart is to help draw the hearts of the readers closer to God as they pray inspired by Lyndda's interpretive prayers. In sum I do believe she does an excellent job in this regard.
However, I do have a issue to point out. In her interpretive prayer on Psalm 44, regarding the founding of our country, she credits God for the military victories over Native American peoples and their destruction through diseases. I have to state that I am biased in that regard as I am part Native American.
While I am not disputing that we as Americans should thank God for raising us up as a mighty nation, I do feel we as Christian Americans should ask God to forgive us for the many past and continuing injustices committed against the Native American peoples. The continuing sale of alcohol in the unincorporated township of Whiteclay, Nebraska is such an example. While we pray prayers of repentance against evils such as abortion and pornography, should we not also pray about those who are gripped by alcoholism and those who try to profit from their affliction?...more
I found Lord's Prayer by R. T. Kendall to be not only thought-provoking, but a very good read. Books of this nature often tread the line between scholI found Lord's Prayer by R. T. Kendall to be not only thought-provoking, but a very good read. Books of this nature often tread the line between scholarly and popular works with very stilted prose. Kendall's writing has a clarity, flow, and freshness that brought new illumination to Jesus' model prayer about which millions of words have been written over the centuries.
I particularly liked Kendall's passages on the role of the Holy Spirit in "Thy kingdom come." He describes what that will mean to the church as God begins to move powerfully when our focus shifts from our own wills to His will.
I am not one to normally read the recommendations at a book's beginning, preferring for the book to stand on its own merits. I was struck by the diverse viewpoints of Christian leaders who could recommend this book, ranging from members of the Southern Baptist Convention to the current president of Oral Roberts University. I believes this speaks very powerfully about its contents.
I discovered Lord's Prayer by R. T. Kendall to be a life-giving book and not a recycled sermon you might find on a book table at a Christian conference. I believe as you read this book you'll have "aha moments" as I did. For some, it will shift prayer away from just personal petitions to unselfish prayer that yearns for God's will to be accomplished.
As a disclaimer, publisher Baker Publishing Company furnished a review copy of Lord's Prayer. The receipt a book in no way affected my review....more
Lynnda Ell's book enables the reader to pray based on Psalms 1 - 41. A heartfelt, easy-to-understand prayer accompanies each Psalm. This book also incLynnda Ell's book enables the reader to pray based on Psalms 1 - 41. A heartfelt, easy-to-understand prayer accompanies each Psalm. This book also includes special periodic pages for writing your own prayers based on the Psalms.
This book can be used as a supplement for your daily devotions or when the need arises, such as prayers of praise, repentance, thanksgiving, and prayers for the sick.
I would encourage Lynnda Ell to continue this important devotional series for the Psalms and also to consider writing a volume for Proverbs. ...more