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Overview In this spirituality of time, Dorothy Bass invites readers into a way of living in time that is alert to both contemporary pressures and rooted ancient wisdom. The celebrated editor of Practicing Our Faith asks hard questions about how our injurious attitude toward time has distorted our relationships with our innermost selves, with other people, with the natural world, and with God. As an alternative to the rhetoric of management and mastery, Receiving the Day offers a language of attention, poetry, and celebration. Bass encourages us to reevaluate our understanding of the temporal and thereby to participate fully in the Christian practice of knowing time as God's gift. Embraced in this way, time need not be wrestled with each day. Instead, time becomes the habitation of blessing.
Publishers Description In this spirituality of time, Dorothy Bass invites readers into a way of living in time that is alert to both contemporary pressures and rooted ancient wisdom. The celebrated editor of "Practicing Our Faith" asks hard questions about how our injurious attitude toward time has distorted our relationships with our innermost selves, with other people, with the natural world, and with God.
As an alternative to the rhetoric of management and mastery, "Receiving the Day" offers a language of attention, poetry, and celebration. Bass encourages us to reevaluate our understanding of the temporal and thereby to participate fully in the Christian practice of knowing time as God's gift. Embraced in this way, time need not be wrestled with each day. Instead, time becomes the habitation of blessing.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.03" Width: 6" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2001
Series Practices Of Faith
ISBN 0787956473 ISBN13 9780787956479
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More About Dorothy C. Bass
Dorothy C. Bass is director emerita of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith. Kathleen A. Cahalan is professor of theology at Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota. Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture at Vanderbilt University. James R. Nieman is president of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Christian B. Scharen is vice president of applied research at Auburn Theological Seminary, New York.
Dorothy C. Bass currently resides in the state of Indiana. Dorothy C. Bass has an academic affiliation as follows - Valparaiso Univ. Valparaiso University Valparaiso University Valparais.
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The Potential in Each Day May 21, 2008
"The most precious thing a human being has to give is time," so says a woman quoted by author Dorothy C. Bass in this book about the meaning of a day and the potential in each day. It is a book not only of ideas but also of suggestions for Christian practice in order to truly live each and every day.
The book holds chapters with inviting subjects such as, "Learning to Count Our Days" and "Living in the Story This Year." I was particularly taken by the chapter on Sabbath keeping with its emphasis on worship and rest. Both of these are human needs and all too often people assume they can do just fine without one or the other or both. You have heard people say they can worship God wherever they please and so have I, but there is something remarkably powerful about worshiping God in God's house, hearing God's word and sharing in God's music. Also we have heard people say, "I don't need more than a few hours of sleep a night," but all people everywhere have a deep need for rest from our labors (or our frenetic enjoyments). As Bass says, when we keep a Sabbath holy we are practicing for a day the freedom God intends for all people." (Page 63)
In the chapter on "Learning to Count Our Days", we are reminded of the finiteness of earthly lives and the importance of remembering. As Bass says, "Whenever death comes near, I am prompted to ponder my own death and thus my life." (Page 116) When we live in tune with creation and contribute toward the well being of others, we can make the highest, the best use of each day.
Also, Bass talks eloquently about the gift of hospitality and the full measure of time that is given when one truly welcomes another. Those who have pondered the "better part" that Mary chose, of sitting at Jesus feet, will appreciate this section of the book.
Dorothy C. Bass is an historian of American religion and the director of the Valparaiso University's program called "Practicing our Faith". She has acquired a strong following of readers who are eager to explore the Christian journey in her company. I encourage you to become one of them.
Surprisingly thought-provoking Feb 23, 2006
As an avid reader, I find that an increasing number of the books I read simply re-hash old, familiar ideas. I read this book in preparation for a Church retreat, and was expecting a typical, look-at-your-priorities to prioritize-your-activites type of book - time management with a spiritual slant. What I found was much deeper than that. The book proposes a fundamental shift in our psychology of approaching time; changing our entire attitude to one of gratitude, reverence, an attunement to natural (divine) rhythms. But don't think it's all abstract philosophy - the book is every bit as practical as it is philosophical. I don't know that I'd go as far as to call it life-changing... But it's definitely nudging me in a whole new mental direction. Highly recommended for the (like me) hassled and harried.
A Wonderful Appreciation of Time Sep 23, 2001
Without a doubt, this little book is one of the most helpful spiritual books of the new century. Bass takes a careful look at how we view and use time. Her citations of other authors, especially poets, are well chosen and lyric. This is a book to savor, to stimulate meditation, and to return to. May I suggest it as the perfect Christmas present for someone who is not too superficial to appreciate it?
A reevaluation of how we think about time Jun 24, 2000
The most striking point made in this book, from my perspective, was the notion that the Jewish concept of day from sundown to sundown reflected the creation story of Genesis in the sense that first God acts, later people are drawn into the equation. If insights such as that excite you, you will enjoy this book.
The book is written in a very personal style - how Dorothy C. Bass has come to see and use time. This results occassionally in some reader disconnects e.g. her assumption that a church could not refrain from Christmas carols during Advent - I come from a church that does not use Christmas carols until the Christmas vigil. But these "disconnects" also are a strength for the book - she is not giving you a list of how-to's, but rather inviting you to reevaluate time in your life ... with a recognition that that will have similarities and differences from what it means in her life.
This book is recommended for everyone - and especially needed by individuals planning liturgical season.
What a wonderful, soulful book! Feb 4, 2000
Bass doesn't preach at us from on high, but rather bears witness to her own struggles to keep sabbath and receive time as a blessing and gift instead of as a problem or enemy. Bass describes how "receiving the day" can become a way-of-life practice, and she relates this activity to other core practices that give life character and integrity (see "Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People," which Bass edited.) Bass grounds her analysis of time in contemporary research from a social scientific perspective, such as A.R. Hochschild's "The Time Bind" and R. Levine's "A Geography of Time." Bass's deeper grounding, however, is in the practical wisdom of the Jewish and Christian traditions for living faithfully in the rhythms of days, weeks, and years. Drawing on the biblical story of the creation of time (Genesis 1), Bass invites us to consider what difference it would make in our lives if we viewed dusk instead of dawn as the beginning of each new day. Observing how digital clocks now synchronize our global economy, Bass notes with irony how Benedictine monks invented the clock to call the community to prayer at set hours during the course of the day. The challenge for us today is not to "turn back the clock," of course, but to learn how to live freely and humanly within a 24x7 society. I enthusiastically recommend "Receiving the Day" to anyone who cares to ponder how we dwell together as creatures within time. This book prompted deep personal reflection about the ways I spend my time, and it also inspired the design of a playful worship service for our congregation's annual Family Camp. A great book for adult study groups and sermon ideas. To open "Receiving the Day" is to open a thoughtfully chosen, carefully crafted gift.