Practicing Our Faith

Practicing Our Faith : A Way of Life for a Searching People

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An updated edition of the down-to-earth resource that offers twelve practices to make Christian faith a way of life Many Christians are looking for ways to deepen their relationship with God by practicing their faith in everyday life. This best-selling guide helps take belief out of the realm of theory and shows how to live it out in a series of twelve central practices such as hospitality, forgiveness, healing, testimony, and keeping Sabbath. Designed to work across a wide range of Christian laypeople, leaders, denominations, and study groups, this is the second edition of the book that Theolog y called "...a stimulating contribution to the work of making explicit the connection between what Christians do and what they believe."
Contains information on the practices discussed in the book and shows how they relate to and intersect with prayer, worship, and Bible study Offers a guide for conversation, learning, and growth at the back of the book This updated and expanded new edition includes a new introduction and two additional chapters that describes new insights into and experiences with the "practicing our faith" approach The book includes a variety of prominent contributors, who draw on their rich shared experience as believers, theologians, ethicists, and educators.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 21mm | 378g
  • Jossey Bass Wiley
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 047048411X
  • 9780470484111
  • 285,005

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Praise for the Second Edition of Practicing Our Faith

"Practicing Our Faith is more than a book; it outlines amovement--God's movement--that is both as old as Abrahamand as new as today's emerging Christianity. Here is a way to livethe abundant life that is good news for our neighbors, sweet restfor our souls, and hope for a church too long fragmented bydivision. Like the preachers of the last great awakening, I want toshout, 'Get on board!'"
--Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, new monastic, author, speaker(

Praise for the First Edition of Practicing Our Faith

"Deceptively simple and down-to-earth, these authors providepotent surprises. Dorothy Bass's observation that 'slaves cannottake a day off but free people can' startled me into a newcomprehension of the workaholism that permeates American culture.Practicing Our Faith strikes me as a book as wise as grandparents, a good guide to living within our families and communities withintegrity and generosity."
--Kathleen Norris, author of The Cloister Walk and Acedia andMe: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life

"Practicing Our Faith is a book written by a remarkablecommunity of people--remarkable not only because it includessome of the most insightful Christian voices of our time, butbecause its members prayed and talked and worked together to createthis volume, modeling the way the church is meant to do its work. .. . Practicing Our Faith is a book that should be widely read, andmore: it should be put into action."
--Parker Palmer, author of A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your LifeSpeak, and The Courage to Teach

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Table of contents

Preface to the 1997 edition. Chapter 1 Times of Yearning, Practices of Faith (Craig Dykstra and Dorothy C. Bass). Chapter 2 Honoring the Body (Stephanie Paulsell). Chapter 3 Hospitality (Ana Maria Pineda). Chapter 4 Household Economics (Sharon Daloz Parks). Chapter 5 Saying Yes and Saying No (M. Shawn Copeland). Chapter 6 Keeping Sabbath (Dorothy C. Bass). Chapter 7 Testimony (Thomas Hoyt Jr.). Chapter 8 Discernment (Frank Rogers Jr.). Chapter 9 Shaping Communities (Larry Rasmussen). Chapter 10 Forgiveness (L. Gregory Jones). Chapter 11 Healing (John Koenig). Chapter 12 Dying Well (Amy Plantinga Pauw). Chapter 13 Singing Our Lives (Don E. Saliers). Chapter 14 Practicing a Way of Life (Dorothy C. Bass and Craig Dykstra). Chapter 15 A Way of Thinking about a Way of Life (Craig Dykstra and Dorothy C. Bass). References. Index of Scripture References. The Contributors. Conversation Guide. Index.
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About Dorothy C. Bass

Dorothy C. Bass is a writer, noted church historian, and director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith.
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