Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Ten Commandments - Resources
Resources available in the Adult Resource Center:
The Truth about God, The Ten Commandments in Christian Life, by Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon - Two popular authors consider not only what the Ten Commandments say about the people who observe them, but what they say about God. They are not some set of universal rules-they simply offer ways for a certain people to know a certain God-our God. What truths about God can be known through the Ten Commandments? God cares how we treat other people. God cares how we behave in marriage. God cares about the importance of being truthful. God wants people to take a day off from work each week. Readers will encounter Willimon and Hauerwas at their best as they explore the overarching question-What does it mean for people and the way they behave when they know some of these truths about God?
The Ten Commandments, Laws of the Heart, by Joan Chittister - Are the Ten Commandments a set of rules, or a way of life? How does each one call us to reflect and to act? What does it mean to love God and neighbor in a world of violence and fear that threatens our lives and our souls? Joan Chittister addresses these questions and more in this honest inquiry into what it means to be born in the image and likeness of God. She goes beyond the Ten Commandments to shed light on the two Great commandments, "Love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself."
Mudhouse Sabbath, An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline, by Lauren F. Winner - After her conversion from Orthodox Judaism to Christianity, Lauren Winner found that her life was indelibly marked by the rich traditions and spiritual practices of Judaism. She set out to discover how she could incorporate some of these practices into her new faith. Winner presents eleven Jewish spiritual practices that can transform the way Christians view the world and God. Whether discussing attentive eating, marking the days while grieving, the community that supports a marriage, candle-lighting, or the differences between the Jewish Sabbath and a Sunday spent at the Mudhouse, her favorite coffee shop, Winner writes with appealing honesty and rare insight.
Keeping the Sabbath Wholly - Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting, by Marva Dawn - Combining sound biblical theology and research into Jewish traditions with many practical suggestions, "Keeping the Sabbath Wholly" offers a healthy balance between head and heart: the book shows how theological insights can undergird daily life and practice, and it gives the reader both motivation and methods for "enjoying" a special holy day. Dawn's work-- unpretentiously eloquent, refreshingly personal in tone, and rich with inspiring example--promotes the discipline of Sabbath-keeping not as a legalistic duty but as the way to freedom, delight, and joy. Christians and Jews, pastors and laypeople, individuals and small groups--all will benefit greatly from reading and discussing the book and putting its ideas into practice.