Losing Moses on the Freeway: America's Broken Covenant with the Ten Commandments

Losing Moses on the Freeway: America's Broken Covenant with the Ten Commandments

by Chris Hedges
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Losing Moses on the Freeway: America's Broken Covenant with the Ten Commandments by Chris Hedges

In Losing Moses on the Freeway, Chris Hedges, veteran war correspondent and author of the bestselling War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, delivers an impassioned, eloquent call to heed the wisdom of the 10 Commandments. Celebrated for his courageous reporting on the crucial issues of our time, Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, explores the challenge of living according to these moral precepts we have tried to follow, often unsuccessfully, for the past 6,000 years. The commandments, he writes, do not save us from evil. Instead they save us from committing evil.

Inspired by unyielding faith, rigorous moral scrutiny, and a fierce sense of social responsibility, Hedges offers a breathtaking meditation on modern life. Losing Moses on the Freeway illustrates how the commandments usually choose us — and how we are rarely able to choose them. We cannot protect ourselves from theft, greed, adultery, or envy, nor from the impulses that lead us to commit evil acts. In honoring the commandments, we free ourselves from self-worship and are called back to the healing solidarity of community. It is in the self-sacrifice championed by the commandments that integrity, commitment, and, finally, love are made possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743255134
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 05/31/2005
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Chris Hedges was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio. He was a member of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for The New York Times coverage of global terrorism, and he received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. Hedges is the author of the bestseller American Fascists and National Book Critics Circle finalist for War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He is a Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute and a Lannan Literary Fellow and has taught at Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University.

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Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to understand that religion shouldn't be about rules but should be about love read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful little book whose aim seems to be to remind us that God is about love and grace and kindness and forgiveness, all of which we run from as though they were curses, rather than gifts. God told Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM,' but most of us are so afraid to examine our lives and truly find out who we are. So we turn from God, from love, and seek answers elsewhere. We listen to diet soda ads or Glamor magazine or Beck or wacko fundamentalists who are sending everyone else to Hell. Hedges lays bare the emptiness of our consumerist greed-based culture. The terror most of us feel in the face of raw, honest emotion is exposed. I don't believe in God but I do believe in the foundations of His Commandments: love, grace, kindness and forgiveness. It's easier to be cynical, to be greedy, to be glib. It's not better, just easier. As a friend of mine says, 'You can stand in the garage all you want. Doesn't make you a car.' We hide from the truth because the truth demands too much in return. I'd suggest two steps. first, read this book. Second, reflect on your 3 o'clock in the morning self. How do you feel about you all alone, in the dark at 3 am? Then be truly brave, truly adventurous and make yourself into a person you can stand to be alone with in the middle of the night.