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Receiving the Day: Christian Practices for Opening the Gift of Time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    What a wonderful, soulful book!

    Bass doesn¿t preach at us from on high, but rather bears witness to her own struggles to keep sabbath and receive time as a blessing and gift instead of as a problem or enemy. Bass describes how ¿receiving the day¿ can become a way-of-life practice, and she relates this activity to other core practices that give life character and integrity(see 'Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People,' which Bass edited.) Bass grounds her analysis of time in contemporary research from a social scientific perspective, such as A.R. Hochschild¿s 'The Time Bind' and R. Levine¿s 'A Geography of Time.' Bass¿s deeper grounding, however, is in the practical wisdom of the Jewish and Christian traditions for living faithfully in the rhythms of days, weeks, and years. Drawing on the biblical story of the creation of time (Genesis 1), Bass invites us to consider what difference it would make in our lives if we viewed dusk instead of dawn as the beginning of each new day. Observing how digital clocks now synchronize our global economy, Bass notes with irony how Benedictine monks invented the clock to call the community to prayer at set hours during the course of the day. The challenge for us today is not to ¿turn back the clock,¿ of course, but to learn how to live freely and humanly within a 24x7 society. I enthusiastically recommend 'Receiving the Day' to anyone who cares to ponder how we dwell together as creatures within time. This book prompted deep personal reflection about the ways I spend my time, and it also inspired the design of a playful worship service for our congregation¿s annual Family Camp. A great book for adult study groups and sermon ideas. To open 'Receiving the Day' is to open a thoughtfully chosen, carefully crafted gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2000

    Bass Opens Gift of Time to Reader

    Through her personal experiences and those of fellow believers Bass helps us to think of time in a whole new way. She offers practical ways to reshape and rethink our lives. She encourages us to embrace the Christian year and its seasons, to observe Sabbath each week and to view time as a true gift from God. I look forward to living out the practices she offers to us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 1999

    Bass's spirituality of time is changing my life

    As a mother with a full-time job outside the home, I too often view time as a problem, an enemy to do battle with every day in order to get my work done and care for my family. Dorothy Bass's book has been a revelation to me--she shows me that I can inhabit time differently, more graciously. There is so much practical wisdom in this book. I have been particularly helped by thinking about my days, weeks, months and years not as made up of blocks on the calendar, but as part of the rhythms of work and rest, feast days and ordinary days. I've been trying to follow some of Bass's suggestions for giving shape to each week, by observing a sabbath day of rest. I am finding out two things: that by preparing for a sabbath day I am more productive on my work days and that on the day of rest, time seems to open up, get larger somehow. Bass draws on the best wisdom religious traditions (Christianity primarily, but also Judaism) have to offer about how to give shape to our days and offers it to the reader in a form and a language that resonates with busy, contemporary people. I am so grateful for this book.

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