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Many Christians are looking for ways to deepen their relationship with God by practicing their faith in everyday life. Some go on retreats but are often disappointed to find that the integrated life they experienced in a place apart is difficult to recreate in their day-to-day world. Many thoughtful, educated Christians search for spiritual guidance in Eastern religious traditions, unaware of the great riches within their own heritage. To all these seekers, Practicing Our Faith offers help that is rooted in Christian faith and tradition. Refusing to leave our beliefs in the realm of theory, this book explores twelve central Christian practices — shared activities that address fundamental human needs and that, woven together, form a way of life. The contributors explore in depth each practice — such as keeping Sabbath, honoring the body, and forgiving one another — by placing it in its historical and biblical context, reexamining its relevance to our times, and showing how it gives depth and meaning to daily life. Shaped by the Christian community over the centuries yet richly grounded in the experiences of living communities today, these practices show us how Christian spiritual disciplines can become an integral part of how we live each day. The book's thirteen contributors, who come from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, draw on their rich shared experience as believers, theologians, ethicists, and educators. Informed by the wisdom of the Christian tradition yet alert to the needs of our time, they illustrate how we can conduct our daily lives in concert with all creation and in communion with God. The Practices:
  • Honoring the body
  • Hospitality
  • Household economics
  • Saying yes and saying no
  • Keeping Sabbath
  • Testimony
  • Discernment
  • Shaping communities
  • Forgiveness
  • Healing
  • Dying well
  • Singing our lives

Synopsis:

As wise as grandparents, a good guide to living within our families and communities with integrity and generosity.

-- Kathleen Norris, author of Dakota and The Cloister Walk

Many people are looking for ways to deepen their relationship with God by practicing their faith in everyday life. Some go on retreats but are often disappointed. Many thoughtful, educated people search for spiritual guidance in Eastern religious traditions, unaware of the great riches within their own heritage. Dorothy Bass and the other contributors to this multi-denominational collection show how they can shape a faithful way of life during challenging times at work, at home, and in the community. This book explores the stuff of everyday life, placing ordinary activities in a biblical and historical context, and discovering in them opportunities to realize God's active presence in life.

Practices include:

* Honoring the body

* Hospitality

* Household economics

* Saying yes and saying no

* Keeping Sabbath

* Testimony

* Discernment

* Shaping Communities

* Forgiveness

* Healing

Synopsis:

Pursuing a personal relationship with God is often difficult while living in a world full of traffic, laundry, and ringing phones. This book walks readers through the routines or "practices" in their day-to-day lives, enabling them to see God's presence in their world. Among the book's 13 contributors are Christians of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, Protestant and Catholic, clergy and lay people. 256 pp. National print ads. National author publicity. Web site feature.

About the Author

DOROTHY C. BASS is a noted church historian and director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith.

Table of Contents

1. Times of Yearning, Practices of Faith.

2. Honoring the Body.

3. Hospitality.

4. Household Economics.

5. Saying Yes and Saying No.

6. Keeping Sabbath.

7. Testimony.

8. Discernment.

9. Shaping Communities.

10. Forgiveness.

11. Healing.

12. Dying Well.

13. Singing our lives.

14. Growing in the Practices of Faith.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787938833
Subtitle:
A Way of Life for a Searching People
Editor:
Bass, Dorothy C.
Editor:
Bass, Dorothy C.
Author:
Bass, Dorothy C.
Author:
Bass, Jr.
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Subject:
Inspirational
Subject:
Faith
Subject:
Spirituality
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life
Subject:
Inspirational - General
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life
Subject:
Christian Spirituality, Christian Living
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Pbk
Series:
The Practices of Faith Series
Series Volume:
15
Publication Date:
January 1997
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.07x6.00x.62 in. .85 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , As wise as grandparents, a good guide to living within our families and communities with integrity and generosity.

-- Kathleen Norris, author of Dakota and The Cloister Walk

Many people are looking for ways to deepen their relationship with God by practicing their faith in everyday life. Some go on retreats but are often disappointed. Many thoughtful, educated people search for spiritual guidance in Eastern religious traditions, unaware of the great riches within their own heritage. Dorothy Bass and the other contributors to this multi-denominational collection show how they can shape a faithful way of life during challenging times at work, at home, and in the community. This book explores the stuff of everyday life, placing ordinary activities in a biblical and historical context, and discovering in them opportunities to realize God's active presence in life.

Practices include:

* Honoring the body

* Hospitality

* Household economics

* Saying yes and saying no

* Keeping Sabbath

* Testimony

* Discernment

* Shaping Communities

* Forgiveness

* Healing

"Synopsis" by , Pursuing a personal relationship with God is often difficult while living in a world full of traffic, laundry, and ringing phones. This book walks readers through the routines or "practices" in their day-to-day lives, enabling them to see God's presence in their world. Among the book's 13 contributors are Christians of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, Protestant and Catholic, clergy and lay people. 256 pp. National print ads. National author publicity. Web site feature.
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