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In Living Color: The Lord's Prayer [Kindle Edition]

Paul W. Meier
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Instead of rehashed explanations of the prayer Jesus taught his disciples, this exploration of the Lord’s Prayer brings 21st century meaning to its time-honored petitions. An interpretation coming out of Aramaic, the poetic and mystical language that preceded Matthew’s version in Greek, yields wider and deeper significance at every level of body, mind, and spirit.

A study guide for small group discussion is included at the end.

Editorial Reviews


"Such powerful knowledge within this book!" Sammy Sam

"This book brings the Lord's Prayer to life." High Desert Blue

"I found myself highlighting so much that I gave up because what's the use of highlighting an entire book?" Michelle B. McConnell

"This book has made me look at the Lord's Prayer in new light. It has opened my eyes and heart. Wonderfully put together." Suzan

"Only 5 stars? Amazon wouldn't let me give it more!" Leah Chang

About the Author

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, Alive Now, The Lutheran, and Lutheran Partners. His other books include Praying the Gospels with Martin Luther: Finding Freedom in Love, In Living Color: The Beatitudes, and O Taste and See: Discovering God Through Imaginative Meditations.

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  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Malcolm Creek Publishing (May 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00835VPN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, ponder-worthy book June 6, 2012
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When I downloaded this onto my Kindle I wasn't completely sure what to expect, but once I began, it didn't take long for me to realize that I was really going to love this book. I finished it today, and I wasn't disappointed. I found myself highlighting so much that I gave up because what's the use of highlighting an entire book? I especially loved the chapter on "God's will". Still pondering...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Shock September 14, 2012
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After reading Meier's *Praying the Gospels with Martin Luther*, this book was a shock. I expected an in-depth look at the meaning behind the Lord's Prayer and instead found a dizzying, woo-woo New Age interpretation. Perhaps I'm wrong - I was so disturbed I couldn't finish the book - and it all makes sense in the end, but I don't feel the least bit inclined to continue reading or even keep this free Kindle.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Leave it alone October 8, 2012
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To be fair, I must admit up front that I did not finish this book. I read about halfway through it and removed it. The title is interesting enough, but I downloaded this book because I thought the book was written from a Christian perspective. I am still trying to figure out what the author means when he states the universe is "humming."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waking up to the Lord's Prayer May 30, 2012
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Paul Meier's wonderful book, "In Living Color," re-introduces me to the Lord's Prayer in a way that allows me to glimpse a deeper meaning in its well-known 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.

In concluding his exploration, Meier points out, "What better way to orchestrate harmony than through song? I'm certain that if a group of poets had translated Holy Scriptures instead of theologians, the kingdom of God would have come long ago."

I have to agree and this compact volume proves the point beautifully. I am tempted to include Meier's favorite translation of the prayer, because it is my favorite now, as well. But I encourage readers to find it for themselves. Instead of spoiling the unveiling of the final translation offered in the book, I'll share this passage from "In Living Color":

"When the world finally recognizes the goodness of the One who desires to unite us, we will dance together as one--in peace, love, hope, in harmony with all--and the inconceivable but long hoped for kingdom will come."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars and counting! August 13, 2012
When I received this book from Pastor Meier, partly in gratitude for my splendid (yes!) review of his Praying the Gospels with Martin Luther, I trusted I'd learn something new and be reminded of facts I'd once known, but "Living Color" understates the highly chromatic historical, cultural, and practical insights in this book. When you learn about the transmission, compilation, and canonization of scripture, you discover a lot of biblical texts have antecedents and close parallels in other ancient near eastern writings, so precedents for the Our Father are no surprise. But this book goes far beyond that! Also, the practice of a rabbi or teacher providing a "pray like this" model prayer to his followers was widespread and is well-known; the "Lord's Prayer" that Christians recite every week during worship and in their own devotions outside the gathered assembly was Jesus of Nazareth's contribution to that tradition.

Paul W Meier discovered Aramaic to English translations through The Nazarene Way of Essenic Studies; subtleties and suggestiveness of Jesus' muttersprach helped the writer and now assist the reader to draw out, expand upon, and intensify many aspects of the familiar prayer. As Pr Meier explains, Hebrew has a much less cut-and-dried, far more expressive--and colorful personality than Greek! (Aramaic is to Hebrew approximately what koine Greek it to classical Greek.)

You can read and reread these 76 pages quickly and explore a broader, more inclusive, worldview than that of first century Palestine, so I won't go into details or provide quotes. Briefly, praying the Lord's Prayer using different words and pondering Pastor Meier's explanations can help lead to a universalizing faith more fully in accord with Jesus' - and our!
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33 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Lord's Prayer May 24, 2012
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I was enthused to get a magnified version of the Lord's Prayer.

I was NOT excited to see a re-definition of God the Father = "These descriptions remove the male-humanoid image of God and retain the expression of an undefinable Creator. In its broader and deeper sense, these words encourage you to expand your image of the Creator beyond the adolescent conception of a God that has form and substance, and possessing human traits. God is inconceivable, beyond form and description."

The author chose to take Greek and translate it into Aramaic, and then back to English to get a genderless, cosmic birther. "Translators from Aramaic into English help us to envision a broader image of the originator of life: Abwûn Our Father-Mother, O cosmic Birther, from whom the breath of life comes, O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos,"

The rest was interesting, but I have trouble with this translation and the choice to go from Greek, to Aramaic, to English.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Box thinking!
Fresh, new, and inspiring! Not your traditional approach. Not for the person who thinks they know it all already!!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jude Mogyordy
3.0 out of 5 stars In Living Color the Lord's prayer
I liked it in the beginning but found that I didn't agree with the author's viewpoint. I like going back to the original language with words but found out that this was just to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Diana Wetklow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lord's Prayer
I'm leading an adult Sunday morning class using this book. It's filled with information for the curious mind and helps you to understand the origin of the Lord's Prayer. Read more
Published 6 months ago by skifour
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much new here
There are many ways to interpret the Lord's Prayer. I did not find this anything special--mainly rehashing ideas already published by someone else.
Published 7 months ago by airline reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
What is the Lord s Prayer? In The Prayer of the Lord, Paul W. Meier writes, Jesus intent was to give His disciples a model prayer, an example to follow, one that would teach them... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MaryAnn
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
This book is an examination of the Lord's Prayer by Paul Meier. I was really looking forward to a deep look into the model prayer, but I feel like this was a major departure from... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Devotionals
I use a lot of books for my devotionals and Sunday School programs so to have books in a kindle or I pad makes it easy to store and access.
Published 8 months ago by Robert E. Flaharty
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book
I have it loaded on my all of my devices and it is a good read. I know it helped me take another look at the Lord's Prayer and consider the prayer in a more in depth way. Read more
Published 9 months ago by KREWsLady
5.0 out of 5 stars Say the Lord's Prayer with more thought
I enjoyed all the backround this author brought to each phrase. He went back to the original words in Aramaic and the multiple definitions of those words. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kathy Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars Introspective
This book and narrative gives depth to what seems like a simple prayer. I suggest watching the authors well produced trailer.
Published 10 months ago by Bob Pod
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More About the Author

Paul Meier received a Masters of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a Masters of Sacred Theology degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He is now an ordained Lutheran pastor and has served ten years in parish ministry.

He's a member of the board of directors for Trinity/HOPE, an organization that feeds children in Haiti ( and also serves as the chairperson in his synod for the ELCA Malaria Campaign as it joins others to eradicate malaria from third world countries.

Meier's first book, based on the sermons of Martin Luther, reveals little known statements from Luther that teach laypersons to accept accountability for making their own choices about what to accept in the Scriptures. He has written two books in a series called "In Living Color" that are unique because they draw on information from the Aramaic translations of the Gospels about the Lord's Prayer and the Beatitudes. He has released a unique book of devotions called "30 Days to Loving God with All Your Heart" designed to change how people think about God.

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