A very good read!

January 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm Leave a comment

I just finished an enjoyable, inspiring book. Mudhouse Sabbath seemed as unlikely name for such a powerful little book, but there it is. Author Lauren Winner, Jewish by birth becoming a Christian believer in adulthood, writes with both passion and sincerity.

Having infused her Jewish cultural background into her Christian practice, she writes with a deep richness. She speaks of the concept of sabbath, for example, showing how the western church has lost sight of the true meaning of sabbath. It’s not so much a day to do as we please, but rather a day to devote to the Lord, to focus on Him and to rest in Him. It’s a day given over to worship of our Creator.

To touch on a few interesting areas in the book, I appreciated Lauren’s explanation of the grieving process as experienced by a Jewish person. It reminds me of the book of Ecclesiastes, with there being a time for each phase of life. She conveys the importance of ritual in daily life without negating the spontaneous, Spirit-led aspects. It’s important to the Jewish person to experience vital community involvement in all stages of life. A friend pointed out to me, too, how Lauren’s take on fasting was refreshing, revitalizing.

It was a quick little book, but I enjoyed it and came away inspired and energized.

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