Todays Book Club Monday happens to be a book that points out many of the sacred traditions Judiasim has to offer to the Christian world. While some may choose to focus on major contrasting points between these two beliefs, Mudhouse Sabbath attempts to bridge the gap.
I have read Mudhouse Sabbath written by Lauren F. Winner twice and both times I was able to understand more of the Jewish culture as well as take into consideration their specific acts that all seem to revolve around God. Winner has an interesting take on both of these beliefs because she grew under Judiastic beliefs and currently believes in Christianity.
She believes that everything Jews do is to remind them of their Creator and they are always encouraged to think about God except when they are in the bathroom. This act they believe should be concentrated on rather than thinking about God. (just a little interesting fact from the book)
There are some main contrast that Winner immediately points out with this quote…
“Practice is to Judiaism what belief is to Christianity.”
This quote may seem to highlight some contrast between these two beliefs, however through out Mudhouse Sabbath one is encouraged to observe and understand the purpose of each Jewish tradition.
Lauren does an amazing job interpreting how Christians can apply some Jewish traditions in their walk with God. You could even say, she attempts to bridge the contrast between Christianity and Judiasim by continuing to keep older specific Jewish customs and adopt newer Christian customs to mold into a walk with God combining the past with the present.
I absolutely recommend this book. You would be surprised by the unique interpretation of simple tasks such as lighting a candle would mean to followers of Judiaism and how they connect with God.