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The Lord's Prayer 

commentary by Rick Warren

Illustrated by RJ Watson

HarperCollins

Zondervan 2011

ISBN-10:0310710863

ISBN-13:978-0310710868

ISBN-13:978-0829758764

"Warren and Watson join forces for a thoughtful and visually appealing introduction to the Lord's Prayer. Both highly useful and beautiful--an unusual and welcome combination." Kirkus Star Editor Review  January 2011

"This spirited edition should have wide appeal" Publisher's Weekly 2011

"The pictures of this book are breath-taking. Children from around the world illustrate ideally the words of the Lord's Prayer."  Examiner.com

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The end sheets for the book (children's portraits), inspired by photographs taken by World Vision International photographers. I used to work on their magazine and it often broke my heart to see the pain and struggle of the children of the world. 

At the same time, children are the hope of the world. And this poetic prayer begins with "Our Father..."

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The sun motif is woven throughout this book as a metaphor for the glory of God. Why the sun? It's the biggest thing I could get a handle on. Also I was born in the desert and the sun was always up there cooking my brain. Hey, maybe that's why my favorite color is yellow.

The technique was an experiment combining serigraphy with oil painting. 

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I am always amazed by by astronomers' discoveries, especially photographs of different wave lengths of light not normally visible. This sun painting is a take-off of that idea.  

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Cover sketch

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