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Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline

Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline

by Lauren F. Winner
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557255327
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Pages: 162
Sales rank: 355,826
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author

With Girl Meets God -- her 2002 breakout memoir about making the personal transition from Judaism to Christianity -- Lauren Winner earned a place in the Barnes & Noble "Discover New Writers" program.


Charlottesville, Virginia

Date of Birth:

October 13, 1976

Place of Birth:

Asheville, North Carolina


B.A., Columbia University, 1997; M.A., Cambridge University, 1999

Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
Sabbath     1
Fitting food     14
Mourning     27
Hospitality     40
Prayer     54
Body     65
Fasting     81
Aging     92
Candle-lighting     109
Weddings     120
Doorposts     131
Acknowledgments     143
Notes     144
Glossary     157

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Mudhouse Sabbath 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Winner writes with wit and charm that make her readers fall in love with her at once. I loved Girl Meets God, and I appreciate the rare perspective she bringd to the Christian faith. Mudhouse Sabbath has not only been useful for me in my own life, but has also challenged me to think a little differently. It was like a breath of fresh air that I was easily able to pass along to others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To say that Lauren Winner's previous book, Girl Meets God, changed my life...well, it would be true, if dramatic. When I found Mudhouse Sabbath on the shelf, I was delighted. I took it home that very day. It's the kind of book from which I read portions aloud to friends over the phone: and they notably DIDN'T sigh and wonder when I'd be done. Am I a Christian? Yes. Do I happen to have a life-long interest in Jews and the Jewish roots of my faith? Yes. But never mind that. The fact is that Winner's writing is graceful, evocative, real, funny, and searching. Pick up this book. While you're at it, pick up Girl Meets God. Or come to my store in Indiana, and I'll tell you all about both of them!
GeorgiaDonna More than 1 year ago
This book is an easy read highlighting traditional Jewish customs and suggesting ways in which they might be integrated into the Christian community's daily life and customs. Focus is on similarities and mutual respect - for people with a "teachable spirit".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Packed with history, Mudhouse Sabbath is an honest, cleverly written account of the shared history of Jews and Christians...and one of how Christians could benefit from including meaningful Jewish traditions in their worship. I know, I know, it sounds like a heavy theology read, but I promise you that it is just as entertaining as it is instructive. Makes you think you could really be friends with this Lauren Winner woman!
disneypope on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very helpful view in our (Christian) Jewish roots. There are some wonderful practices we have let go by the wayside that we could (re)learn from our Jewish sisters and brothers.
wrmjr66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lauren Winner's Mudhouse Sabbath takes an uncommon path when talking about Christian spirituality. Winner converted to Christianity from Judaism, and this book is her attempt to look at places where Christian spirituality can be informed and deepened by Judaic practices. In eleven brief chapters, Winner writes about a single practice, distinguishes between how Christians and Jews approach these practices, and tries to reach some sort of synthesis. At the same time, she is writing a memoir of sorts that describe her attempts to live the syntheses she describes. So while discussing marriage, for example, she shares a bit about her own attempts to create a wedding that takes the strengths from both religious traditions. It's a quick read, but one that merits thought and planning. I agree with her premise: Christians can learn a thing or two about spirituality from our Jewish brethren. I think this book is a good first step in that direction.
Bonni208 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading this delightful book is like having a short, meaningful conversation with the author. Winner writes about some of the Jewish customs she used to observe that she wishes were practiced (in some form) in Christianity. I started reading it last night and wrapped up the last couple of chapters this morning, before I even got up. I'm looking forward to exploring what else Winner has written, to continue to learn from her life and wonderful sense of humor.
LhLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good follow up to Girl Meets God. She continues her themes with more in-depth ideas.
dunyazade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
They say that there's no zealot like a convert, but in this case, Lauren Winner's zeal for her new faith comes with self-effacing humor, wistful revelations, and thoughtful observations on the meanings of Jewish practices that have no full equivalent within Christian spirituality. She invites the reader to risk new ways of engaging with God that have centuries of history behind them, building moments of faithfulness into each day.
ElTomaso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An appealing Christian non-fiction book that sheds light on the value of ritual and tradition in church.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I trueley find this book offensive, and somewhat tries to Christian-ize Jewish practices.