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Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America [Paperback]

By Chris Hedges (Author)
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A veteran war correspondent and award-winning author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning shares examples from his personal life and career to discuss how specific American social groups can benefit from an adherence to the Ten Commandments. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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In "Losing Moses on the Freeway," Chris Hedges, veteran war correspondent and author of the bestselling "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," delivers an impassioned, eloquent call to heed the wisdom of the 10 Commandments. Celebrated for his courageous reporting on the crucial issues of our time, Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, explores the challenge of living according to these moral precepts we have tried to follow, often unsuccessfully, for the past 6,000 years. The commandments, he writes, do not save us from evil. Instead they save us from committing evil.
Inspired by unyielding faith, rigorous moral scrutiny, and a fierce sense of social responsibility, Hedges offers a breathtaking meditation on modern life. "Losing Moses on the Freeway" illustrates how the commandments usually choose us -- and how we are rarely able to choose them. We cannot protect ourselves from theft, greed, adultery, or envy, nor from the impulses that lead us to commit evil acts. In honoring the commandments, we free ourselves from self-worship and are called back to the healing solidarity of community. It is in the self-sacrifice championed by the commandments that integrity, commitment, and, finally, love are made possible.

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  • Christian Century - 06/27/2006 page 32

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Studio: Free Press
Pages   206
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.18" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 7, 2006
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  0743255143  
ISBN13  9780743255141  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He spent nearly two decades as a correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, with fifteen years at the New York Times. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class; War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning; and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which he co-wrote with Joe Sacco. He writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Chris Hedges currently resides in the state of New York.

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My faith in a loving God is restored  Mar 12, 2007
Chris, your books have given me words to express my frustration with the way some people understand God. I am renewed by knowing that the God I love is not the God so often portrayed by those who want to control us through a misguided interpretation of His word in the bible. It also gives me new strength to love and tolerate those who are misguided, and to understand and forgive myself when I have not been loving and compassionate. Thank you for this wonderful book.
Losing Moses on the Freeway  Mar 8, 2007
It is a very stimulating read. It makes you take a look at the Ten Commandments from a different perspective. If you have become complacent or take your faith to routinely, a must read to get you fired up again about what you believe.
ancient wisdom renewed  Jan 17, 2007
I suspect that for many people in our post-modern culture, the 10 Commandments evoke thoughts of moralizing television evangelists, perhaps disbelief that anyone would devote themselves to such archaic strictures, or, more commonly, sheer ignorance. In any case, that would be to our great peril, argues Chris Hedges, author of War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002).

Hedges brings a remarkable life story and degree of passion to his story-telling about these most famous Ten Words--mystery, idols, lying, sabbath, family, murder, adultery, theft, envy, greed and, in an epilogue, love. As a pastor's kid, he grew up in rural upstate New York, where his father was a Presbyterian pastor. Five years at an elite boarding school, the loneliness of his childhood, left him with "a deep hostility to authority and a visceral distaste for the snobbery of the 'well-born.'" Six days after graduating from Colgate University he began a two year stint as a pastor in the violent ghetto of Roxbury in metro Boston, an experience so unsettling that it provoked him to leave the church and seminary. After a year in South America he completed his divinity degree at Harvard, though not without caustic opinions about liberal professors who romanticized the poor whom they had never met, and the lectures which he experienced as "intellectual shell games." In a prescient understatement his father remarked to him that he was "ordained to write," and so he did, as an award-winning war correspondent in some 50 countries over 20 years.

Hedges has not written an exegetical or even theological treatise about the 10 Commandments, but rather existential reflections on them rooted in first person life experiences. He is at his best as an unvarnished prophet who unmasks the idolatries we so readily worship--the state, nation, especially in its glorification of war and legitimation (even sacralization) of violence, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, and class. At a graduation speech that he delivered at Rockford College in May 2003 the audience booed him from the stage for his critical remarks about the Iraq war. Such is the prophet's welcome. His chapter on murder recounts the tortured conscience of an Episcopal priest who estimates that he killed 300 people as a soldier in the Vietnam War. For theft he explores the breadth and depth of corporate greed through the experience of R. Foster Winans, a writer for the Wall Street Journal.

All of us struggle for moral integrity and personal authenticity, and Hedges by no means excludes himself. "The darkness I discovered in Roxbury was my darkness." No one is immune from corrosive impulses. But to flaunt the moral grammar of the universe is to court spiritual, emotional and psychological death. Hedges has experienced enough to know when and how that happens, whether in a bar in Sarajevo or a gleaming skyscraper office in Manhattan. The commandments save us from false covenants and idols that promise so much and deliver so little. In honoring the commandments, we honor the sanctity of life, the power of love, and their function to bind us together in life-affirming community.
Read this book.  Nov 3, 2006
No matter what your religious background, you should read this book. It has influenced my thinking about ethics and morality more than any book in my recent memory. And if you are a person of faith, it is required reading.
A must read.  Aug 10, 2006
Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America is a must read for people of faith or anyone concerned about the moral / ethical compass of western society, especially in the United States. Chris Hedges uses different people's life experiences as they encounter the destructive forces in contemprary life. He helps the reader understand how the Ten Commandments are more than a stone monument or a political issue; abiding in the commandments is how we build and sustain community. Losing the commandments is clear; recovering the commandments is work yet to be done.

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