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.