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Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline

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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
Paperback, 162 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Paraclete Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Nov 08, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
I remember loving this little book. I gave it one more read before I mailed it to a friend.

Winner writes about bringing her former Orthodox Jewish practices into her Christian faith. She underscores the differences between individualism (most Christians) and living in community with shared rules (most Orthodox Jews).

I especially liked the rhythms of Jewish grieving: aninut (the time after death, before burial); shiva (seven days of intense mourning); shloshim (the first month after death, edgi
Angela White
When I first read this book, I was involved deeply with my church and teaching in an off-campus semester-long program for college juniors and seniors from Christian colleges and universities. The contents supported my work in both of these areas, giving me a greater sense of how to promote spiritual formation.

Now, seven years later, I'm re-reading this as a means of connecting with what many would consider pagan or women-centered religions, about which I know little, but which, I suspect, connec
Leslie Wilkins
I like to think of myself as a Christian with a better-than-average knowledge of Jewish faith and traditions. (Some of my best friends are Jews! :) ) In that vein, I found this book fascinating. It was presented in a factual and anecdotal manner, without judgement - just a commentary on what Jews do/believe/have/say versus what Christians do/believe/have/say. Had I not split this audiobook between two different road trips months apart, I may have enjoyed the book even more / rated it even higher ...more
May 10, 2015 Shemaiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third or fourth time I have read this little jewel of a book, reminding me to make life holy. A quick but rich read.
Kelly Hager
May 09, 2010 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As detailed in her memoir Girl Meets God (which is amazing and a must-read, in the world according to me), she was an Orthodox Jew before converting to Christianity. In this book, she talks about 11 specific things Jews do that would possibly enrich Christian lives.

For example, she says that much of Judaism is an action--specific prayers, for instance, and rituals--and there tend not to be counterparts for that in Christianity.

So she compares and contrasts things like weddings and the Sabbath/Sh
Oct 29, 2007 Marilyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the rites of faith
I was curious about what this girl, raised Jewish in NY, currently living out Christian Faith in North Carolina. While I despise religion, and even Jesus says in Luke 15 that religion is more spiritually dangerous than overt immorality, I also find that adhering to certain dictates, rites is important, especially one like Sabbath day observance. "the Sabbath was made for man, not man for Sabbath." It is for our own good that we have a day of complete focus on nothing. No errands, no shopping, no ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic book. Lauren Winner realizes that her Christian faith, while sustaining and wonderful, is missing something, and turns to her Jewish upbringing and the rituals and traditions found there to fill the gaps. Exploring traditions such as Sabbath, Kosher eating, hospitality, prayer, and fasting, Lauren explains how they are practiced by Jewish people, then ties it together with how Christians specifically can look at and potentially incorporate these rituals into their faith. The boo ...more
Jane Hoppe
Sep 03, 2013 Jane Hoppe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lauren F. Winner's Mudhouse Sabbath is a great tune-up. We Christians putter along life's road with church and disciplines and spiritual gifts. We're so on autopilot that we don't hear our engines sputtering. What we need is to learn the heart behind our traditions. Winner's simple approach ~ showing through stories the reasons behind certain Jewish customs ~ effectively adjusts understanding to open the heart. Before I read this book, I thought my life was centered around God. I found out it wa ...more
Feb 16, 2016 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my occasional forays into the world of memoir, and it's a good one for anyone interested in religious similarities and differences: as a former Orthodox Jew who's converted to Christianity, Winner is in a unique position to speak about both traditions. This book covers aspects of a religious life that, in the author's words, "Judaism does better," in the hope that they might be instructive to today's Christian practice.

Two points in particular stood out to me: attention to food a
Aug 05, 2015 Carrie rated it liked it
Recommended to Carrie by: Rachel
This book was recommended to me by a friend. Winner grew up Jewish and converted to Christianity sometime in her adolescent years, maybe her 20's, I don't remember exactly. As a Christian, she found she missed some of the rituals of her Jewish faith. This book discusses several of these rituals or disciplines and attempts to find places to loosely observe them in her Christian life or at least recognizes the important role they play in community. It was really interesting to learn about Jewish t ...more
A.C. Bauch
I felt that this book didn't meet its potential. The author compares/contrasts Christian and Jewish traditions, generally under the premise that "the way [fill in the blank] is handled in Judaism is better than how we do this as Christians." However, Winner never offers concrete ideas as to how these Jewish customs and traditions can be better incorporated into Christianity. She describes some of her own attempts at merging the two, but one never gets the idea that these attempts are satisfactor ...more
Mindy Worley
Mar 28, 2007 Mindy Worley rated it really liked it
A great read I pick up from time to time. Easy to read a chapter here and a chapter there when you have a few spare minutes. Shares how her past faith (Judaism) affects the way she views and lives out Christianity. Which I think Christians could use a lot more of, seeing as our faith came from Judaism to begin with. Great for expanding the way you look at things like death, hospitality, and aging.
Apr 03, 2007 linnea rated it liked it
I really like Lauren Winner's integration of Judaism and Episcopalianism. She is somewhat rule-oriented, or at least "I'm not going to do this" oriented, which I find disturbing at times, but on the whole I found this little book rather encouraging. She's an academic and a Christian and she really cares about studying her faith(s). I love that there are notes at the back of the book.
Feb 02, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
In Mudhouse Sabbath, Lauren Winner explores ways to apply Jewish spiritual disciplines to modern-day Christian practice. Winner was raised Jewish but converted to Christianity in young adulthood, and it is this background that pushed her to write Mudhouse Sabbath. Despite her new-found love of Christ, Winner admits that there are elements of the Jewish tradition that she misses now that she is a Christian, such as Jewish ways of observing the Sabbath, mourning, and hospitality. She does not deny ...more
Mar 11, 2008 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readin08
Easy introduction into some of the spiritual disciplines practiced in the Old Testament and by modern Jews.

I heard Winner speak a few months ago at a conference, and I think I had too high of expectations of Mudhouse Sabbath after hearing her talk. I enjoyed the book. It was an easy read, but I think I was expecting a little something more.
Sep 16, 2012 Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting read. i may read it again. Raised a Jew and now an Episcopal priest, she discusses Jewish ritual that would add so much to any spiritual life. Much to think about here and even to pit into practice.
Jul 06, 2015 Francine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, I watched the is set out in chapters that can be viewed individually and discussed or it can be watched from beginning to end as I did (it's only 65 minutes).

The author reminds us that not only was Jesus a Jew...He is still a Jew. It helps the seeker fill in gaps that one does not encounter in reading or hearing about Jesus. It was the Jewish faith that formed Jesus and informs Christianity.

This video (as I will assume the book as well) is a great support to anyone who is a
Kimberly Zimmerman
Emily Freeman posted a photo of this book in her reading pile last year and I was curious, so I bought a copy. I’m not sure exactly what I expected, but Lauren Winner’s saucy, witty style propelled me on a journey of Jewish learning. The title is Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline (Pocket Classics). Books on the spiritual disciplines interest and encourage me no end, so I try to read a few a year. Not having read a book by Winner before, I was unaware of her conver ...more
I picked up Mudhouse Sabbath after thoroughly enjoying Girl Meets God and its mixing of musings of Judaism, Christianity and Humanity. Mudhouse Sabbath is certainly more a book about fine print. A quick look at the title suggests, it is more about sabbath, but the subtitle is very clear that it is an invitation to spiritual disciplines. These disciplines follow the italicized Jewish words marking each chapter. Do not expect to pick up this book and learn the disciplines, rather be inspired by th ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Caleb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After hearing Lauren Winner interviewed on CBC, I checked out this book and gave it a quick read. It is an interesting little book about spiritual practice - an element of Christianity that North American Christians have been re-discovering over the past few years. Some of the examples felt shallow, but others were provocative. You might consider this a decent - and highly personal/limited - introduction to the wider subject. Definitely not the best book on the subject, and perhaps too autobiogr ...more
Oct 15, 2014 Little rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
If I had read this book when it first appeared on my radar, it probably would have merited 4 stars. Now, however, "women doing spiritual disciplines and reflecting on them" is a whole genre, and this is not my very most favorite book in that genre. It's worthwhile, though, not least of all for being significantly shorter than A Year of Biblical Womanhood and written through the lens of Jewish spiritual disciplines.
This would have been more interesting if I didn't have a degree in Jewish Studies-- having lived in an Orthodox Jewish community as a devout Protestant I've already considered most of what Winner presents here. That said, it's the only places besides my own brain I've seen spelled out ways Christians can learn from Jewish practices without falling to Judaising-- taking on the law unnecessarily, as described in Galatians. Noting here was life-altering for me, but some good reminders in easy, conv ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bridging and Integrating Judaism and Christianity

Small in size and light to hold, making it easy to slip into purse or backpack, mudhouse sabbath could become a handbook and resource for almost anyone's spiritual journey. Lauren Winner writes from the perspective of two of the great Abrahamic traditions, Judaism and Christianity; from her Jewish upbringing she brings perspectives on prayer, liturgy and community and she filters her Christian experiences as a present-day member of the Episcopal C
Jul 28, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lauren Winner is an excellent writer, and her insights into the connections between Judaism and Christianity are intelligent, with the wisdom gained from her own personal experience. She brings all of herself into her faith, having once been very devoted to Judaism and now bringing that same intensity and love to Christianity. This book explores how both religions have helped to shape the way she moves within the world, and she offers that gift to her readers.

I enjoyed reading this along with a
May 03, 2009 Julieta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a study of the importance of rituals in our faith and in our lives. The writer was an Orthodox Jew and converted to Christianity. She goes into the historical/bilblical reasoning of areas from the Sabbath to mourning to candle-lighting, weddings, etc.
Some of the areas that stood out for me were:
*The Jewish schedule for mourning. They are disciplined in their approach to grieving which must be helpful.
*Hospitality--reminded me of the importance of welcoming people into your home and into yo
I read this book aloud to me and my husband on a day trip yesterday. We both loved the book. Currently we are in a pentaostal denomination which is great, however, I am missing some of those basic disciplines that I grew up with that seem to be non existent in this denomination. This book reminded me of those things and why we need to have stable constant actions that keep us not to be too plainly put but in a routine. Repetition at it finest will bring us closer to the thing we are repeating. I ...more
Nathan Eilers
Jun 03, 2010 Nathan Eilers rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Nathan by: Jen
Winner is a Christian convert from Judaism, and in this book she takes up 11 traditions in the Jewish culture that she wants to incorporate into Christianity somehow. Some of them are already a part of the church--weddings, caring for the elderly, fasting--but others are foreign to Christians (hanging scripture on the door frame, keeping the Sabbath). I very much enjoyed hearing Winner's insightful combination of analysis, comparison, narrative, and spirituality.

Perhaps an overall theme of the
Beth Peninger
Jan 09, 2013 Beth Peninger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lauren Winner is a rabbinic Jew converted to Christianity and writes about her experiences and how her Jewish roots have influenced her Christian faith. This is the first book of hers I have read and in this one she specifically discusses some of the practices of the Jewish faith that as she says, "....about Christian practices that would be enriched, that would be thicker and more vibrant, if we took a few lessons from Judaism. It is ultimately about places where Christians have some things to ...more
Jamie Cain
Lauren Winner (Girl Meets God) writes a friendly introduction to the spiritual disciplines of Judaism, suggesting that they might also inform the Christian's disciplined life. I like Winner's style, for the most part: It's inviting, witty, and full of words you don't read everyday but wish you did. (Well, I wish I did.)

I particularly liked the inclusion of disciplines I wouldn't have really considered. Hospitality and aging, for example, don't usually make the list, but they are really crucial i
Jul 05, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it
I received this as a Christmas gift, based on both my faith in Jesus and also my fascination with the devotion of Jewish practice. Lauren Winner had already won my respect and admiration from her book Real Sex, and in this study she examines the ways that Jewish tradition and rituals enhance spiritual life. Having fallen in love with Chaim Potok's masterpieces when I was in high school, I was amazed by how Jewish people invited God into every crevice, every moment of their lives, and how garment ...more
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“Christians and Jews hold in common one theological basis for hospitality: Creation. Creation is the ultimate expression of God's hospitality to His creatures. In the words of on rabbi, everything God created is a "manifestation of His kindness. [The] world is one big hospitality inn." As Church historian Amy Oden has put it, "God offers hospitality to all humanity... by establishing a home.. for all." To invite people into our homes is to respond with gratitude to the God who made a home for us.

In the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, we find another resource for hospitality. The trinity shows God in relationships with Himself. our Three-in-one God has welcomed us into Himself and invited us to participate in divine life. And so the invitation that we as Christians extend to one another is not simply an invitation into our homes or to our tables; what we ask of other people it that hey enter into our lives.”
“God's Creation gives usa model for making and sharing homes with people, but the reality of God's Trinitarian life suggests that Christian hospitality goes farther than that. We are not meant simply to invite people into our homes, but also to invite them into our lives. Having guests and visitors, if we do it right, is not an imposition, because we are not meant to rearrange our lives for our guests - we are meant to invite our guests to enter into our lives as they are. It is this forging of relationships that transforms entertianment... into hospitality... As writer Karen Burton Mains puts it, "Visitors may be more than guests in our home. if they like, they may be friends.” 1 likes
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