May It Be So. This little book is a forty-day journey in praying the pattern of the Lord’s Prayer. It is divided into week-long sections that focus on praying in the pattern/theme of each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer. It contains Guided Prayers, Contemplative Imagery, Meditations (short stories that reflect something the authors gleaned from this particular section of the Lord’s Prayer), and Suggested Practices (ways to apply the insights that the week’s images and prayers have brought to you).
Maybe I’m just too left-brained, but I struggled with some of the imagery. Some were really profound. Some just left me going, “huh?” I love the simplicity of one or two-line prayers. I’d love to have a 365-day calendar that has these sorts of prayers on it. Some examples:
- May even my grief and brokenness become, in some way, a gift to the world around me. May my whole life be an offering.
- May I have vision in and through my trials rather than search for ways to escape them.
- May I learn to take joy in what it costs me to share my life with those I love. (wow!)
- May my initial posture toward strangers be kindness and grace rather than suspicion and fear.
I really enjoyed the meditations at the beginning of each week. They really bring the week’s ‘theme’ from the Lord’s Prayer in to focus and set the tone for the week.
The one thing I don’t like about this book is the price! On Amazon.com it is $9.99 for the Kindle edition and $12.15 for the hardcover. That’s a lot of money for the content. Maybe I’ve just been trying to balance my tight budget for too long, but that’s a hefty chunk of change for me. Maybe the library will have a copy to check out?
I’m blessed to have received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I’ll definitely be using it from time to time as a way to streamline and intensify my prayer life.