As disorienting as the world can be, given our frenetic pace and lack of rootedness, this book offers a unifying way of life centered on essential Christian practices. Each chapter is written by a different author-all from varying regions of the country, backgrounds and races, about an orienting value of Christian faith and practice. The ones discussed are less traditional in nature and relate to how we can “live aright” during this time in history. What are distinctively Christian practices, editor Dorothy Bass and contributor Craig Dykstra ask? They are “things Christian people do together over time in response to and in the light of God’s active presence” in the world. Their list includes topics such as honoring the body, saying yes and saying no, household economics, hospitality, forgiveness and dying well. For those from Protestant and Catholic traditions looking for an individual or small group spirituality resource that tackles the demands and difficulties of current culture, this would be an excellent choice.
Reviewed by Beth Booram