So when a friend of mine recommended Mudhouse Sabbath, I ordered it straight away—and it was like meeting with an old friend for coffee. This short book (as the jacket describes) “illuminates 11 spiritual practices” drawn from Jewish traditions and religious practices “that can transform the way we view the world, and God.” I’ve been a long time reader of folks like Dallas Willard and Richard Foster and found Winner’s book a fresh and conversational approach to the disciplines. That the ones she focuses on are drawn from the faith from which Jesus grew draws me all the more. Each chapter moves through a thoughtful muse on practices ranging from more familiar disciplines and practices (like the Sabbath, weddings, hospitality and prayer) to ones less often discussed (like eating, candle-lighting and what we put on our doorposts). To each she brings not only the history of the practice itself but her own experience and struggles in that voice of hers I just love—a one-of-a-kind sometimes make-me-laugh-out-loud, sometimes frank and to-the-point, and sometimes achingly poignant and vulnerable.
All in all, I found this little book not only a fresh look at spiritual disciplines but (having read girl meets God) also a wonderful chance to catch up on Winner’s spiritual transformation and journey. And I love how she draws from the rich history of her faith and invites us to share it with her. I highly recommend it.