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Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Living Through the Lord's Prayer
Telford Work

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Format: Paperback, 252pp.
ISBN: 9780802803931
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pub. Date: July 31, 2007

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Karl Barth's legendary image of preaching with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other now has a matching image for praying. In Ain't Too Proud to Beg Telford Work encourages praying with a social documentary in one hand and the Lord's Prayer in the other. The result is neither a commentary on the Lord's Prayer nor a theology of prayer. Instead it is an exercise book that uses prayer to strengthen our theological muscles.

Work proposes that we take whatever is happening in our world -- a political election or the latest war will do -- and set the Lord's Prayer in the middle of it. Let that prayer shed light on the scene and expose what matters. Then pray it. Then look again and see how the prayer is a response to what matters. These three movements give structure to the book as a whole and to each chapter within it. Prayed this way, the Lord's Prayer is always new and never quite the same.

Ecumenical, evangelical, postmodern, and irenic in tone, Ain't Too Proud to Beg ends not with a neat scholarly wrap-up but with an open-ended "Amen" -- three sparkling, joyful sermons -- a fitting ending to Work's provocative exploration of prayer as a theological process.



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Telford Work is associate professor of theology at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California.

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    INTRODUCTION: When You Pray . . .


  1. The Character of God
    God Made Strange
    “Our Father in Heaven”

  2. The Reputation of God
    Blasphemed among the Nations
    A Glimpse of Something Extraordinary
    “Let Your Name Be Held Holy”

  3. The Reign of God
    Trivial Pursuits, Lost Causes, and Utopian Fantasies
    Divided Loyalties? American Patriotism and Christian Identity
    “Your Kingdom Come”

  4. The Presence of God
    Will the Son of Man Find Faith on Earth When He Comes?
    “Your Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven”



  5. The Providence of God
    The Culture of Money
    “Give Us Today Our Daily Bread”

  6. The Mercy of God
    The Soulless World of Tom Wolfe
    “Forgive Us . . . as We Forgive”

  7. The Victory of God
    Woe, Woe, Woe
    “Do Not Lead Us into Temptation, Rather Deliver Us from the Evil One”

    Epilogue: Amen
    Bible Stories You Didn’t Outgrow: Jonah
    Generosity under Pressure; or, How to Win in November No Matter What
    You Can Say That Again




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