May It Be So

Title: May It Be So
Authors: Justin McRoberts & Scott Erickson
Publisher: WaterBrook
ISBN: 978-0-525-65307-3

“Prayer, at its heart, is about the love of God. May it be that nothing, including prayer, stands in the way of your knowing that love,” the introduction states in Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson’s book, May It Be So: Forty Days with the Lord’s Prayer

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-twenty-eight pages, this paperback devotional targets those who want to focus on the famous Lord’s prayer and how it can impact relationships connecting with God. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced is the New King James Version

After an introduction, the book is organized into four elements of guided prayers, contemplative imagery, mediations, and suggested practices. By dividing the Bible verses of the prayer into seven sections, there are several pages correlating them to personal experiences by the authors, each followed by five “May I” one-to-two sentence prayers with illustrations that are completed with a “Grant me” saying.

~Why ~
This book would be best for a young person or new believer in Christ with its forty short, to-the-point prayers. Many may like the personal stories told by the authors about their lives, children, and viewpoints.

Some of the prayers I appreciated include:
May I offer help far more readily and joyfully than I offer criticism.
May those I love know it unquestioningly.
May I offer my memory as a gift to those I love so I can call them back to themselves when they forget.
Grant me, once again, assurance of Your presence and love.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not want to get a book that is about the Lord’s prayer. Many may not like the format or content of this book as it seems the prayers are rudimentary and often the illustrations do not relate to them.

~ Wish ~
I am sorry, but I did not get this book at all. It could be that I am in my sixties, yet I found little content about what the Lord’s prayer means or what Jesus says about it in other parts of the Bible. I consider this an “I book,” meaning it is all about the writers. Of the seven sections that divided the Lord’s prayer, the correlating topics were about therapy, baseball, an airplane flight, gospel bead bracelets, a son breaking an item, a left-aside child, and a Halloween costume. While the “Grant I” prayer is to God, I found only 1 of the “May I” prayers mentioned His Son – most others were “all about me.”

~ Want ~
If you like the Lord’s prayer broken down into two author’s viewpoints without too much detail or prefer one-two sentence prayers that could be applied to almost any religion, you may appreciate this read, but I cannot recommend it.

Thanks to WaterBrook & Multnomah Launch Team for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2YM2Lw4

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