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Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People, 2nd Edition

Dorothy C. Bass (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-48411-1
304 pages
January 2010, Jossey-Bass
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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 Theology 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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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).


Index of Scripture References.

The Contributors.

Conversation Guide.


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Author Information

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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Press Release

January 05, 2010
PRACTICING OUR FAITH: A Way of Life for a Searching People, 2nd edition

NOW WITH UPDATED AND EXPANDED MATERIAL! PRACTICING OUR FAITH: A Way of Life for a Searching People, 2nd edition (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint; January 2009; $19.95; Paper; ISBN: 978-0-470-48411-1), the best-selling book that launched Jossey-Bass’s religion publishing program, is now being released in a new edition after more than a decade of accolades. Laypersons, leaders, denominations, and study groups have resonated with the book’s twelve central spiritual practices that define what it means to live out Christian faith: honoring the body, hospitality, household economics, saying yes and saying no, keeping Sabbath, testimony, discernment, shaping communities, forgiveness, healing, dying well, and singing our lives to God.

 NEW READING GUIDE! Just in time for Lenten study groups, a new introduction, conclusion, and reading guide help readers meditate on the practices discussed in the book and how they intersect with other Christian practices such as prayer, worship, and Bible study. For those longing to translate lofty theology into ordinary day-to-day living, PRACTICING OUR FAITH shows them the way.

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