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Mudhouse Sabbath
Winner, Lauren F.
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Brewster, Mass. : Paraclete Press, [2003]

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xiii, 161 pages ; 19 cm
Shabbat / Sabbath -- Kashrut / Fitting food -- Avelut / Mourning -- Hachnassat orchim / Hospitality -- Tefillah / Prayer -- Guf / Body -- Tzum / Fasting -- Hiddur p'nai zaken / Aging -- Hadlakat nerot / Candle-lighting -- Kiddushin / Weddings -- Mezuzot / Doorposts.
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With characteristic wit, intellectual sharpness, and passion for authenticity, the groundbreaking author of "Girl Meets God" illuminates eleven spiritual lessons that Judaism has taught her.

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Booklist Review

Although Winner converted to Christianity from Orthodox Judaism, her former religion continues to shape and influence her daily life. She firmly believes that Christianity would be considerably enriched by a few lessons from Judaism. She discusses 11 Jewish spiritual practices concerned with mourning and weddings, hospitality and fasting, prayer and aging, and so forth, noting, often with gentle humor, customs that set Jews and Christians apart and others that keep them together. Some of her observations are insightful, as when she explains how eating kosher food helped shape her spiritual life, transforming a simple routine into something approaching faithfulness; feeding oneself became a sacred act imbued with meaning. With great care she describes the long process of mourning in the Jewish tradition, something that she believes Christianity lacks and misses, for what does one do, she asks, after family and friends leave one alone with sorrow. A little book that glows with warmth and tender charm as it appreciates the wisdom of a different culture. --June Sawyers Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Winner, who wrote about her conversion to Christianity in 2002's acclaimed memoir Girl Meets God, draws on the Orthodox Jewish rituals that shaped her young adult life to rediscover the richness of those customs in her life as a Christian today. Through her personal reflections on 11 spiritual practices, including keeping the Sabbath, prayer, fasting and candle-lighting, Winner illuminates the profound cultural and religious significance of each practice within the Jewish community and modifies those practices to enrich the lives of Christians who seek of deeper experience of their own faith. Taking care not to turn the rituals into legalistic regulations, the author instead cuts to the heart of each spiritual practice and shows, through examples from her own life, how it can fit into a gospel-centered paradigm. The chapter on the Jewish approach to mourning, for example, poignantly conveys the inadequacy in the all-too-short grieving process among Christians. On a lighter, humorous note, a friend's suggestion that she continue the tradition of attaching a mezuzah, or tiny scripture scroll, to the door frame of her home forces Winner to face her unwillingness to expose her Christian faith quite so publicly. As much as anything else it accomplishes, Mudhouse Sabbath-"Mudhouse" refers to the coffee shop where the author read a compelling Sabbath account one Sunday afternoon-succeeds in establishing Winner as a writer of spiritual substance and grace-filled style. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved