The Prayer

68 Words that Changed the World

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Christopher Levan
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , September
     172 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


How can sixty-eight words change the world? Seems impossible. An even greater mystery, these words come in the form of a prayer. Christopher Levan shows how early Christians used what we now call The Lord’s Prayer as a building block for their movement. It was from these sixty-eight words that they created the backbone and determination to shape a religious movement that would dramatically alter human history. 

Walking step by step through The Prayer, Levan will show how Jesus of Nazareth adapted the economic and spiritual principles from his Jewish heritage and teaching, to direct his followers in a simple, yet very profound conversation with their Creator. In The Prayer, Jesus’ disciples found words to build God’s reign on earth: “the kingdom of God.” 

Obviously, these sixty-eight words are not just words. They have power. They enact what they express. And far from spent, these words still contain the ability to enliven and shape the current expressions of God’s reign here and now.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Christopher Levan is pastor, professor, and parent, and has spent his life working with words. His day job is in a church, and his life’s vocation is as a “repairer of dreams,” helping others to achieve their goals and ambitions. Whether in a university classroom or Cuban village, his gifts of enthusiasm and energy are conveyed by vibrant words that move hearts and turn heads.



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