December 15, 2017

Guest Review: Denise Spencer on Living the Lord’s Prayer by Albert Hasse, O.F.M.

3529Visit Denise’s blog where this review first appeared.

When I first began this book I was rather dubious. What did this author have to say about such a tried-and-true topic that hadn’t already been said a hundred times? My reluctance was unfounded, however, and I’m happy to report that I enjoyed the book immensely.

Father Haase seasons his prose with stories from his own and others’ experiences to illustrate his points. Each chapter ends with “Reflection Questions” and “Gospel Passages for Meditation and Prayer.” This makes Living the Lord’s Prayer a book that could easily be featured in a study group as well as read by individuals.

Living the Lord’s Prayer breaks down the prayer into short sections and tackles each one in chronological order. It does go where you probably think it will, but Haase then takes the reader down less-worn paths. For example, in “Lead Us Not Into Temptation” we begin by reading about the common experience of temptation and a look at Satan. But then Father Haase launches into a detailed examination of John Cassian’s “Eight Thoughts” the devil uses to tempt us, as well as the corresponding eight virtues that can help us fight evil in our minds and hearts. I found this section to be especially fascinating.

Oh, I should probably note: If you’re not Roman Catholic, don’t let “Father” Haase scare you. This book is decidedly ecumenical. Protestants can enjoy it every bit as much as Catholics–I promise!

Living the Lord’s Prayer is aptly subtitled “The Way of the Disciple.” Father Haase gives ample suggestions for putting The Lord’s Prayer into practice in our daily lives. His approach makes this book both wonderful devotional reading and a call to action.

Don’t simply recite The Lord’s Prayer. Live it–just as Jesus intended for you to.

You can purchase the book and find helpful excerpts at the IVP web site.

Comments

  1. I will definately have to check out this book. Sounds like good stuff.
    From what you say about the book, it remind’s me of what a pastor’s wife (who is a very dear friend of mine) once told me:
    “Believe your faith, make it your own, and live your faith.”

  2. This is the second positive review I’ve heard of this book. May have to check it out. I’ve heard as well that Hasse is a fantastic person personally and in his other books.

  3. Tom Meacham says:

    I will have to read this. P.S. I LOVE Catholic mystics: The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence; Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing, edited by David O’Neal. Do you have any recommendations?

    • While this may be a bit basic for you, I recommend ‘Prayers of the Women Mystics” by Ronda De Sola Chervin

  4. Bill Murray says:

    An evangelical friend of mine goes to Haase for spiritual direction and recommended this book. I devoured it — great stuff! That led me to 3 other books of his which I have enjoyed. I heard him speak recently and I must say, he is passionate, prayerful and very personable.

  5. SearchingAnglican says:

    Based on Denise’s review, I encouraged my women’s study group to use this book for our fall study. We have three women joining us who haven’t taken part in other studies, which says something about this topic’s relevance to members of our congregation (Episcopal).

    We discussed Chapter One last night, which talks (primarily) about both healthy and distorted images of God and their impact on our spiritual formation. I’ve lead this group for 3 1/2 years, and last night was one of the liveliest, most participative and ON TOPIC conversations we’ve ever had, particularly at the beginning of a new study. I’d like to think it’s my fantastic facilitation skills, but clearly, the topic strikes a chord 🙂

    This amateur theology geek appreciated how accessible the author made the “Doctrine of God” in Chapter One. I pulled out one of my systematic theology textbooks after reading the first chapter and was amazed at how elegantly Haase captured the core ideas. His shortest sentences are the best.

    Based on last night’s discussion, what I’m most excited about is the call to action for us as disciples – what does it mean, practically speaking in our day-to-day lives, to have a healthy image of God? It calls us to love others unconditionally and sacrifically, as our Abba Father loves us. And that’s where the conversation really got good…