The Books

This web site was developed by the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, a project of Lilly Endowment based at Valparaiso University.  The Valparaiso Project launched PracticingOurFaith.org as a way to extend the invitation offered in Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People (1997; second edition, 2010).  Both book and website explore twelve time-honored practice shaped by the Christian community over the centuries and still richly relevant to contemporary experience.  These Christian practices are shared activities that address fundamental human needs and that, when woven together, form a way of life that is faithful and has integrity.



 

 

Practicing our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People
Dorothy C. Bass, Editor

 

Contents:

New Preface for the Revised Edition
Preface to the 1997 Edition


Chapter 1    Times of Yearning, Practices of Faith   
Craig Dykstra and Dorothy C. Bass
Chapter 9    Shaping Community       
Larry Rasmussen
Chapter 2    Honoring the Body       
Stephanie Paulsell
Chapter 10    Forgiveness
L. Gregory Jones
Chapter 3    Hospitality           
Ana Maria Pineda
Chapter 11    Healing           
John Koenig
Chapter 4    Household Economics   
Sharon Daloz Parks
Chapter 12    Dying Well        
Amy Plantinga Pauw
Chapter 5    Saying Yes and Saying No   
M. Shawn Copeland
Chapter 13    Singing our Lives   
Don E. Saliers
Chapter 6    Keeping Sabbath       
Dorothy C. Bass
Chapter 14    Practicing a Way of Life
Dorothy C. Bass and Craig Dykstra
Chapter 7.    Testimony           
Thomas Hoyt Jr.
Chapter 15    A Way of Thinking About a Way of Life
Craig Dykstra and Dorothy C. Bass
Chapter 8    Discernment           
Frank Rogers Jr.

 

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On Our Way: Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life
Dorothy C. Bass and Susan R. Briehl, editors

 

Contents:

 

 

* Living a whole life . . .

* in the real world . . .

1. An Invitation
Dorothy C. Bass
7. Care for Creation
Dan Spencer
* attentively . . .
8. Making a Good Living
Douglas A. Hicks
2. Study
Matthew Myer Boulton
9. Honoring the Body
Evelyn L. Parker
3. Discerning God’s Call
Jennifer Grant Haworth
* for the good of all . . .
* together . . . 10. Knowing and Loving our Neighbors of Other Faiths
Scott C. Alexander
4. Living as Community
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
11. Peacemaking and Nonviolence
Mary Emily Briehl Duba
5. Friendship and Intimacy
Stephanie Paulsell
12. Doing Justice
Joyce Hollyday
6. Singing Our Lives to God
Tony Alonso
* in response to God . . .

 

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Download at no cost On Our Way Study Guide with chapter-by-chapter suggestions, ideas, activities, scripture study, prayers, and more for engaging Christian practices.

On Our Way DVDs: Conversations with The Authors
- Care for Creation with Dan Spencer
- Knowing and Loving Our Neighbors of Other Faiths
with Scott C. Alexander

 

13. Living in the Presence of God
Susan Briehl
 

 

 

Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens
Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter, editors

Contents:

 

 

Life
Dorothy C. Bass
with John Schwehn
and Martha Schwehn

Truth
Melissa Wiginton
with Betsy Crowe

The Story
Susan Briehl,
Mary Emily Briehl Wells,
and Magdalena Briehl Wells

Choices
David White
with Matthew Mistal
Bodies
Kay Bessler Northcutt
with Clinton Trench
Friends
Carol E. Lytch
with Katie Lytch
Stuff
Mark Yaconelli
with Alexx Campbell

Welcome
Joyce Hollyday
with Kaitlyn Filar

Food
Susan Briehl,
Mary Emily Briehl Wells,
and Magdalena Briehl Wells
Forgiveness
Rodger Nishioka
with Judy Kuo
Creation
Frank Rogers Jr.
with Tim Frazier
Justice
Evelyn L. Parker
with Raymond Rivera
Creativity
Carol Lakey Hess
and Marie Hess
Grieving
Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan
with Tatiana Wilson
Work
Nancy Pineda-Madrid
with Angel Fernandez

Music
Don Saliers
and Emily Saliers
Elizabeth Marshburn
Mark Monk Winstanley

Play
Don Richter
with Jack DePaolo

Prayer
Mark Yaconelli
with Alexx Campbell

Time
Dorothy Bass
with John Schwehn
and Martha Schwehn
Practice
Dorothy C. Bass
with John Schwehn
and Martha Schwehn

 

Download at no cost Leader’s Guide: Ideas for Growing in Christian Practices with Teens
This guide provides chapter-by-chapter suggestions, activities, scripture study, prayers, and other resources for involving teens in thinking about and engaging 18 Christian practices.

 

 

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