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The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart [Paperback]

By Joan Chittister (Author)
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Are the Ten Commandments just a set of rules or are they a way of life? In this book about laws of the heart, each chapter focuses on what one of the commandments means for Christians today.

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Are the Ten Commandments just a set of rules or are they a way of life? How does each one call us to reflect on out life and values? What does it mean to love God and our neighbor in a world where violence greed, and fear threaten our lives, our values, our hearts? Joan Chittister answers these and other questions. Each chapter focuses on what one of the commandments means for us today. The final two shed light on the two Great Commandments, "Love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself.

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570756848  
ISBN13  9781570756849  

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More About Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister Sister Joan D. Chittister, O.S.B. (born 1936) is a Benedictine nun, author and speaker.

A member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, where she served as prioress for 12 years, Sister Joan is an author and lecturer.

She is the author of Psalm Journal, Winds of Change, and WomanStrength: Modern Church, Modern Women.

She also writes a web column for the National Catholic Reporter, "From Where I Stand". Chittister holds a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in speech communication theory from Penn State University. She writes and speaks on women in the church and society, human rights, and peace and justice in the areas of war and poverty and religious life and spirituality. She is co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a UN-sponsored organization creating a worldwide network of women peacemakers. She is the founder of "Benetvision". Her public presentations are announced on the Benetvision website.

Joan Chittister currently resides in Erie, in the state of Pennsylvania.

Joan Chittister has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Crossroad Book

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Ten Commandments  Nov 25, 2008
"The Ten Commandments, Laws of the Heart" by Sister Joan Chittister is an excellent book. In it she brings the Laws of Moses into the 21st century and gives the reader a new viewpoint of how they apply to our modern world and the way we live. It's a very easy read but each chapter or Commandment interpretation will force the reader to put the book down after reading the chapter and contemplate on it. It's not just another book on the Ten Commandments but a spiritual experience.
Bringing Biblical Morality into today's world  Aug 12, 2008
The Ten Commandments is a concise study of the Ten Commandments, as given to Moses on his first trek up Mount Sinai. Chittister does in only 150 pages what most writers have been unable to do in lengthy tomes. She discusses the commandments from a historical standpoint, attempting to analyze them in light of the culture in which they were written. She gives us a contemporary situation in which we can see how the commandment plays out in today's world. She also gives us pithy snippets for us to meditate on to increase our understanding of each commandment. In doing so, she opens up our understanding of the Ten Commandments, taking them out of "bible-speak" and making them relevant as guidelines that we can use to guide our pathway toward gaining a deeper understanding of our relationship to God and to our fellow people.

If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of our place with God and each other, this book is a very worthwhile read.
Rethinking What It Means to be Christian  Mar 9, 2008
I have never read anything written by Joan Chittister that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. The Ten Commandments - The Laws of the Heart is no exception. Chittister causes me to re-examine my priorities, the possibilities and the potential. Listen to the following:

"If we fail to rethink what it means to be a Christian, to be a carrier of the Judeo-Christian tradition, in this day and age, the next day and age may be far more stark, exceedingly more threatening, extremely less hopeful, and seriously less spiritual than any we have ever known before. We must rethink what it means to be a moral agent in this society." P. 1.

A champion for the need for inter-faith understanding and collaboration, Chittister pulls no punches in this book. She applies new insights into interpretations of the commandments that have practical application to lives lived amongst the challenges of today.

I heartily recommend this book.
The Great American Catholic Benedictine Sister Chittister opens for us the universal, eternal meaning of the Ten Commandments  Oct 18, 2007
Sister Joan Chittister for a generation now has written beautifully about the meaning of our Faith and its practice, in particular the Benedicitne charism. She also recently co-authored the great and necessary work for peace and unity: The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Here in this present substantial and significant volume published by the great Catholic printing house Orbis Books, she opens up for us today the profound and eternal meaning of the Ten Commandments.

Some nowadays fight for public display of the Ten Comandments in order not to have to read them and practice them. Others ask where do you find these commandments listed as such in the Holy Bible. Others attempt to retranslate these commandments to fit their own loopholes and prejudices and permit such extraordinary and sinful horrors as modern warfare and capital punishment.

Sister Joan quietly and thoughtfully simply calls us home to the Commandments, gently and deeply explaining their meaning to us.

You find here each commandment as traditionally written, appending the "Great Commandments" spoken of in the Gospels, to love the Lord your God with all of your heart and all of your might and all of your soul, and your neighbor as yourself.

Each commandment in this fairly thick volume receives its own chapter, clearly entitled to establish themes and perspectives. For instance, the commandment to Honor thy father and thy mother is called The Law of Caring.

The beautiful chapter discussing the commandment so important for our times: THOU SHALT NOT KILL! is entitled The Law of Life. Read it.

Clearly this is a book valuable for every Catholic and everyone to read, to pray, to meditate and to put into practice. It serves as an excellent prreparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation; it is perfect lectio divina.

Please gift anyone you love with this strengthening and guiding book from the wisdom, eloquence and Faithfulness of Sister Joan. This book is a pillar of our Faith, a place of rest and refuge for our troubled times, a way home once more.
Another great book from Sister Joan  May 10, 2007
This book is an excellent one on the Ten Commandments. It has an historical part, an explanation and a series of questions about what the commandments mean in our world today. It has the usual insights of Joan Chittister and makes one think hard about what the commandments mean in our world today.


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