Adapted from his series of articles for the New York Times comes these thoughtful essays on why we need these ancient laws -- and what happens when we abandon them. A Phish band groupie provides a springboard for a discussion of idolatry. A Long Island whiskey bar becomes a laboratory for understanding "You shall not bear false witness." Honoring the Sabbath, he shows through the observances of one busy family, may be the antidote to popular culture. The story of the havoc wreaked on one childs life vividly illustrates the reason for the commandment, "You shall not commit adultery." Throughout his essays, he deftly weaves his own experiences into the narrative, as well as references from Fyodor Dostoyevskys classic book on good and evil, The Brothers Karamazov.
Hedges believes that the commandments hold out to us the possibility of love -- and love means living for others. The commandments are guideposts that bring us back to the right path, he writes. They call us to sacrifice. Compellingly, he urges us to abandon the culture of self; to live "not by exalting our life but by being willing to lose it." --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book was a real page-turner for me. Part memoir, part social critique, Hedges brings his unique perspective (seminarian turned war correspondent, turned dedicated husband,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary Bull
Very interesting idea. Could be much better written. I'm reading it for a book club, so I'll soldier on.Published 7 months ago by P. Dean Robertson
it is a practical, deep commentary of the true meaning of the 10 commandments applied to modern struggles; it speaks of its importance to our daily lives as well as to politics,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maria C. Frescas
Everyone I talk to, thinks the world in general and Western Civilization specifically is going to hell in a hand basket. Read morePublished 9 months ago by F. Kline
This is a very depressing book. If you can handle that, you will be okay with the book. It is very informative. Chris Hedges is not an armchair author. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jalleer
Great Book, reminds me of Anthony De Mello's teachings or even Joseph Campbell. Most times the hardest truths to face are at the same time the most obvious.Published 12 months ago by Roger D. Edwards
The book was a little darker than I expected. Hedges has an engaging writing style and brings challenges to the norms and accepted assumptions of our culture war-based worldview. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Green Bay Pastor
This book is a great look on the moral compass of man. Although he needs to take it easy on Phish fans. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Neal Diamond
Trained at the Harvard Divinity School, Chris Hedges has been a NY Times reporter and won prizes for his journalism. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Karen Cookson