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Moments & Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Michelle Van Loon helps us treasure our time as a gift and a spiritual responsibility, and God as faithfully present in all our moments and days.
People rarely slow down to experience their days, and so they feel rushed through life even as they begin to suspect that life lacks significance. By introducing (and reintroducing) us to the feasts and festivals of the Bible, as
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by NavPress Publishing Group
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Dorothy Greco
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Van Loon's faith-filled, scholarly (but not boringly academic!) book will cause you to rethink your understanding of time. The author connects the dots between Judaism and Christianity, enriching our understanding of both faith traditions. Thoughtful and warm. Insightful and challenging. Highly recommend.
Tamara Dahling
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Michelle's van Loon's book is an interesting, informative, and extremely accessible discussion of the interplay between the Jewish & Christian calendars. Christians sometimes seem to forget that Jesus was an observant Jew and that the Christian church year has deep roots in Jewish celebrations.
I read through it very quickly because it pulled me in but I will definitely go back and revisit it to dig deeper into the subject. There is a great deal of information here but it's far from a dense
Create With Joy
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I ordered Moments & Days, I expected it to primarily be a reference book filled with descriptions of church holidays, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that Michelle Van Loon provides us with a much richer experience than that in her book!

In Moments & Days – How The Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith, Michelle speaks to those of us who want to understand the significance of time from a spiritual perspective and want to bring an awareness of the sacred into their daily lives.

Of c
Rebecca Ray
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sometimes those of us who don’t come from branches of the Christian church that celebrate the traditional church calendar feel a little left out and curious about what other Christians do with “Lent,” “Advent” “Epiphany” and other holidays. We might even wonder if we should celebrate those days. Add to that the fact that there’s a whole slew of Jewish feasts in the Bible (and additional Jewish holidays on the calendar) that we’re only passingly familiar with, and a girl might be wondering if she ...more
Nora St Laurent
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord, to thee. Take my moments and my days. Let them flow in endless praise.”

This author has helped us all to be able to do this one holiday at a time. First of all she gives her testimony that will blow you away and then she talks about her journey to walking a blended life. She grew up Jewish and then became a Christian in her 20’s. At that time the Jewish and Christian history to each holiday had more meaning for her. She says, “Our eternal God has gi
Anna Tan
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Moments & Days, Michelle Van Loon takes us through celebrations in the Jewish and Christian calendar, highlighting its significance in the past as well as its meaning for the present. All this is presented from the unique lens of a Messianic Jew, tying together the Jewish roots of Christianity to its Gentile, almost secular present.

The material is presented in a very conversational, easy-to-read manner whilst retaining a wealth of historical and Biblical information. I found the Jewish fe
C.E. Hart
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-nf
Moments & Days, by Michelle Van Loon, is a rousing, informative, and encouraging read that helps us structure our time and faith in a more productive and profitable way.

By studying the history and significance of feasts of the Old Testament and holidays of the Christian calendar, we experience a richer everyday life. Time is a precious gift that we unfortunately tend to overlook, but this book makes us more aware of how special our moments and days are.

This book is an easy and fast read. It
Crystal Carney
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
In "Moments & Days' Van Loon shows us the truth about the Sabbath and what it means to keep it. She explains how Jesus observed Jewish festivals and feast. This is something I have always been interested in, and there are some pretty neat recipes included in the book. I can't wait to try a few of these soon!

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own
Vik Arch
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Through her book, Michelle opens up the truth about Sabbath and what it meant to keep it. She explained the way Jesus observed Jewish festivals and feasts… Which is cool for the believers to know! With some recipes included in this book, now we might try few meals when the next feast and celebration comes. Be prepared and know the roots of Christianity, when Jesus united Jew and Gentile in worshiping one God of the Universe.
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
"Moments & Days" is about importance of holidays in our faith, it gives a very general explanation of Jewish and Christian festivals. I judged this book by the cover and expected more in depth information about different celebrations. I was disappointed to find preachy text that does not provide anything new. A couple of recipes in the end did not save it.
Toccara Feliciano
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first started to review this book I can say I could not appreciate it. I thought it would be different in the set up of the book. I was not looking for it to be so much of a novel but of a book with main points and more pictures. I know may sound a little off but that is what I was expecting. Now that I want to know more about Holy Celebrations and getting more in wanting to learn I can appreciate the detail, the informative information about the ones I know some about and the ones I knew ...more
Rachel Lundy
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Moments and Days is a good place to start for those who want to learn more about the celebrations in the Bible and in Christianity. This book takes the reader through the history and celebrations in both the Jewish and Christian calendars. Each chapter contains suggestions for ways believers can celebrate the various Jewish and Christian holidays.

The author, Michelle Van Loon, was raised in a Jewish home, and she became a believer in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah when she was a teenager. She has a
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very readable introduction to the Jewish and Christian calendars.

Van Loon gives an overview of the holidays and seasons in each, and explains the theological background and historical roots as she goes. She describes both how the two calendars are deeply connected and how they have evolved and diverged over the the centuries. Her warm style includes many personal connections and valuable insights — her assertion that the way a culture orders time affects the daily perspectives and ch
Jamie Hughes
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Van Loon is a marvelous writer, one who has a gift when it comes to making complicated material approachable and (dare I say it?) even fun. This book is no exception. She not only provides a thorough explanation of each Jewish and Christian holy day but also gives advice about how to celebrate them in order to enrich your faith. This is a highly enjoyable and informative book, one that helped me better understand the Jewish calendar and the ways in which it shaped my Christian one.
Terri Fullerton
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever wonder how the Feasts and Festivals and Sabbath apply to our faith? This is why I read Moments & Days. It helped me to read about the significance of the events and how they carry over into our spiritual journey. Michelle offers rich biblical insight and practical ways to incorporate sacred days into our hearts and homes.i highly recommend it.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this from the library. I read through all the chapters but at a faster pace than if it was my own. So time to actually buy a copy.
Some things I already knew, but I also learned a lot.
And even what I knew, it was good to reflect upon.
Maribeth Van loon
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great book with which to wander through the calendar of the year! Inspires one to reflect on time, how God wants us to view and celebrate time and what patterns help us to do so. I thought I knew a good bit about the christian and Jewish calendar already but this was wonderfully informative.
Karleen Cole
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Not quite a 4, but certainly a 3.75.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really interesting. I enjoyed it and will keep for future reference.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Growing up as a Christian I always loved how the church's Holy Days shaped our calendar and how our holidays ( Christmas, Easter, etc... ) were a way for Christians to share the Word and to feel connected to a larger family or community. But in todays secular society it seems even active church members are loss in a vast time of passing of days without any meaning; without any sense of measure of time. Days pass and nothing marks the beginning or end....Holy Days were designed by God for us as a ...more
Jane Hoppe
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
A Christian is part of a larger story and family than just his individual church. Understanding our Jewish heritage transports us to Jesus’ world when He walked the earth and calls us to community with our forever family. To that end, Michelle Van Loon’s Moments & Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith ties together BC and AD, Old Testament and New Testament. Through history and intent of each Jewish and Christian holy day, Van Loon encourages contemplation that leads to purposeful ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-reads
I really enjoyed this book. Reminds us to savor the moment. I won it in a contest and it was a good read!
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction-read
One of the best books I have read on the subject of the Liturgical/Church Calendar. The author gives great insight first with the Jewish appointed Feasts and Fasts that God gave the Israelites as found in Leviticus and other books in the Old Testament. Having grown up in a Jewish home, she explains in interesting detail why the Lord called for the people to observe the weekly Sabbath, the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and so on throughout the Jewish Year.

Now a believer in Jesus as Mes
Alyssa Cottrell
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
The first half of this book was helpful in understanding the Jewish feats and celebrations described in Scripture, as well as how the Jews counter-culturally understood and marked time. It made me want to visit Israel even more than I already do and continue learning about this topic. I probably would've given the book 4 stars at that point.
However, the second half of the book that focuses on the church calendar was incredibly dry and read like a research paper. Even though she gave a lot of de
Cathy Maldonado
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Moments and Days is a really good book. I was not expecting that. Not that I thought it was going to be bad, but I did think that it would get a little boring. But it didn't. This book will make you rethink how you spent your time. And it will help you understand the connections between Judaism and Christianity.
This book was really good.

This book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishing in exchange of an honest review.
Jan 23, 2017 added it
Michelle Van Loon is a well constructed bridge. Her explanations of Jewish and Christian faith holidays are easily understood. Her personal insights are both interesting and valuable. A very inclusive book, you will learn something about faith and practice that you did not know before.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this look at the Jewish and Christian calendars and how Holy Days are quite different from Holidays. I learned a lot.
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Michelle Van Loon’s Jewish heritage, spiritual hunger, and storyteller’s sensibilities have been informing her writing and shaping her faith journey since she came to Christ at the tail end of the Jesus Movement.She is the author of five books, and has been a regular contributor at Christianity Today’s women’s blog and In Touch magazine. She's the co-founder of, a website f ...more