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Mudhouse Sabbath

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In her groundbreaking book, Girl Meets God, Lauren Winner described her path from Orthodox Judaism to Christianity. Now, with characteristic wit, intellectual sharpness, and passion for authenticity, Winner illuminates eleven spiritual lessons that Judaism taught her. By reflecting deeply on these religious practices and how they shape and inform her faith as a Christian, ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Paraclete Pr (first published January 1st 2003)
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Carol Bakker
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book very much but I have to admit that my first impression was that she was pining away for her former religion, even once to say ' Jews do this better ' and wondered why she ever converted to Christianity when it was so clear she definitely had one foot in her former life.

Then I had an 'aha' moment. I moved to England and lived there for a year, one of 8 trips across the pond over the decades, and I loved my home, my long distance country walks, seeing pheasants and hares, sheep,
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
Sep 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Enchantress  debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
Just what I needed. Highly recommended by a good friend. Review to follow.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My introduction to Lauren Winner's writing came more than a decade ago. My wife had read and liked Girl Meets God and loved it. I picked up her other book, Mudhouse Sabbath because I loved the premise. Winner's turn toward God took her through Orthodox Judaism to Christianity (the story recounted in her first memoir). Mudhouse Sabbath was about the nourishing spiritual practices she found in Judaism and missed after her conversion to Christianity. She wrote appreciatively about what she found in ...more
Kaitlin Kline
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I just adore Lauren's work. The way she writes is so simple and honest, and it endears me to her. I picked this up after having owned it for years because I've been studying Exodus and Mosaic laws go completely over my head. I loved these little vignettes about the similarities and differences in between Jewish traditions and Christian ones. It fascinates me to learn how a culture who also seeks to worship God with their lives has completely different ways of doing so, th
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
In Mudhouse Sabbath, you'll discover a rich picture of Christianity informed alongside a contemporary Jewish perspective. Having grown up Jewish, Lauren Winner is able to weave together Christian and Jewish practices, allowing each to inform the other in the context of everyday life. The book begins with Sabbath, but extends to include such topics as hospitality, aging, candle-lighting, doorposts and more...

Kelly Hager
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it liked it
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
Maybe a memoir, maybe a book review of Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner

Honoring my body, it is safe to say, is something at which I have failed. Gratitude for this conglomeration of blood, bones, organs, skin, tissues that God bestowed upon me has not been high on my priorities. Indeed, it would be also safe to say that I was taught to use it but not pay too much attention to it. Mom taught me to call certain body parts by made-up words. No doubt she was continuing a tradition her mother tau
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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
Mindy Worley
Mar 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 03, 2008 rated it liked it
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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.
Beautiful. A library read, it's now added on wish list for my own copy.
So many spiritually impacting and challenging thoughts of which I want to be reminded, not just for thought but for implementing.
Loved it.
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Suzie Soucy
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It discusses practices in Judaism that Christians could incorporate into our faith.
Justin Ferguson
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I find that looking at how other faiths treat certain life moments helps me reflect on my own faith as well as expands and makes my religious practice more dynamic. In this case, Lauren Winner ended up doing the same as she converted from Orthodox Judaism to Protestant Christianity. In "Mudhouse Sabbath," she reflects on how certain life events as peaches by Jews could enrich the practice of Christians. I found this idea intriguing and while I appreciated the over-arching approach she took in th ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find that looking at how other faiths treat certain life moments helps me reflect on my own faith as well as expands and makes my religious practice more dynamic. In this case, Lauren Winner ended up doing the same as she converted from Orthodox Judaism to Protestant Christianity. In "Mudhouse Sabbath," she reflects on how certain life events as peaches by Jews could enrich the practice of Christians. I found this idea intriguing and while I appreciated the over-arching approach she took in th ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting little book, which is so simple that it can be read in a couple of hours. I appreciated Winner's insights into areas of Christian practice that could be improved by a deeper knowledge of Jewish customs. This was especially true in her chapter on marriage (as more communal than private), on the Sabbath (as a reclaiming of our birthright rather than as an adoption of a Jewish ritual), on the human body (Jews are less gnostic than Christians in this), and on aging.

Nothing earth shatt
Cindy Brookshire
Our rector saw this book among others in the pop-up bookstore at the diocesan convention in North Carolina and encouraged our parish to read it as a Monday night study. I learned how nurturing the Jewish faith is to a couple in the process of getting married, and to a grieving family in the midst of death, and how that sense of community isn't prolonged in the Christian faith during the most vulnerable times of family life. The most benefit I received from reading it was that my husband and I st ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Winner wrote this book at age 26. That adds a refreshing air to the work. She writes about a faith that is that is relatively new and that is deeper because of the Jewish tradition that she knows well. Growing up in a non-denominational and only modestly liturgical church myself, I know discouragingly little about spiritual disciplines, and particularly about Jewish ones. I particularly recommend the chapters on sabbath, prayer, food, and marriage. I am reminded that the discipline of spiritual ...more
I really enjoyed reading chapters of this book as part of my sabbath practices this summer. Without having read Winner's other work (but knowing the gist of her life/faith story), I found myself continuously wondering why she hasn't retained more of these Jewish practices, incorporating them into her Christianity. Regardless, I really appreciate both this glimpse of understanding into Jewish life as well as the reminders about the importance of intentionality, ancient ritual, and daily practice.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was short, but so rich. I loved the way that Lauren wove her knowledge of Jewish practice and traditions into her Christian faith. As Christians, we can definitely learn from the Jewish emphasis on community and their dedication to practicing the more tangible expressions of faith.
" Practicing the spiritual disciplines does not make us Christians. Instead, the practicing teaches us what it means to live as Christians."
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very thoughtful and thought-provoking book. I got it from the library, but I may need to buy a copy, because I think it will be something I pick up again. It was a very insightful view of Jewish spiritual practices for a Christian. Easy to read and very engaging. You'll want to read it with a friend or group so that you can discuss it when you're done. I read it in one day, but I took pages of notes.
George Love
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Winner is uniquely qualified to write this book which explores spiritual disciplines shared by Judaism and Christianity, highlighting what each brings to the table and how they can the traditions can inform and enrich each other in the practice of these disciplines. The chapter on funerals and weddings and the way these both highlight community in the Jewish faith was really helpful.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be very interesting. Lauren Winner discusses various aspects of her life as a Christian as connected to the way things are done when she was practicing Judaism. As she states some practices in Judaism make more sense. Some in Christianity make more sense. What comes forth is a rich and engaging look at two faith traditions and the good both have in building community.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Not transformative, but a quick, enjoyable read. I appreciated the connections between Hewish and Christian practice, and would definitely use this book with folks new to Christian spiritual practice. A nice introduction. In several sections, I wished she went into more depth, but appreciate this as more of an overview. Would give 3.5 stars if possible.
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Lauren F. Winner is the author of numerous books, including Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath. Her study A Cheerful & Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia was published in the fall of 2010 by Yale University Press. She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for The New York Times Book Review, The ...more
“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.” 5 likes
“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.”
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