Monday, October 23, 2006

 

#53: Mudhouse Sabbath

After reading Girl Meets God I was intrigued by some of the Jewish traditions so I checked out the book Mudhouse Sabbath by the same author, Lauren Winner. This was a short book where Lauren explains some of the Jewish traditions such as fasting, observing the Sabbath, lighting candles, and mourning. She takes the stance that although the Jewish faith is a faith built on doing and the Christian faith is a faith built on a relationship with God, some of these traditions could benefit the Christian's relationship with God. Winner was Jewish for many years before she became a Christian so she has a great understanding of the Jewish tradition.

One of my favorite parts of the book was Winner's reflection on the Jewish tradition of praying specific liturgical prayers throughout the day. They have prayers for everything, including after they've gone to the bathroom. The prayers are meant to repoint the person praying towards God. My favorite quote from the book was, "Sure sometimes it is great when, in prayer, we can express to God just what we feel; but better still when, in the act of praying, our feelings change."

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