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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Incorporated (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573126128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573126120
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Reverend Michael Smith is a pastor, editor and writer. He serves as senior pastor of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, Knoxville, Tennessee, and is a graduate of Belmont University (BA) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv.; PhD). He is active in Baptist life at the local, state, and national levels. He currently serves as a trustee of Belmont University and a member of the Consultation on the Common Text. Rabbi Rami Shapiro, PhD is adjunct professor of Religion at Middle Tennessee State University and the director of Wisdom House at Scarritt-Bennett, an interfaith center in Nashville. Author of more than twenty books, Rami also writes the regular column “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler” for Spirituality & Health magazine. He can be reached via his website, rabbirami.com.

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I started with high hopes for this book, but was quickly disappointed. The gems of insight into the 10 Commandments have to be dug out of the meandering, stream-of-conscious conversation between these two friends. Some chapters start with a focused discussion on a particular commandment, but quickly wander off into some other train of thought that has little to no direct relationship to the commandment at hand. Other chapters start off with one of the authors wanting to discuss some esoteric topic that, if related to the commandment at all, is only tenuously connected to the commandment under consideration. The Rabbi seems to want to use the book as an opportunity to discuss his philosophy of religion and seems uncomfortable with staying within the parameters of the Traditions out of which these 10 Words were birthed and the ones that have appropriated them into their catechetical framework. The Reverend allows himself to get sucked into tangential discussion, while making weak attempts to salvage something meaningful about each commandment under discussion. This book could have been improved with better editing along the way, with a more concerted effort by both persons to stay on topic.
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By dfedak on October 31, 2013
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Rabbi Shapiro and Reverend Smith converse about the lessons of the Ten Commandments as understood through Judaism and Christianity, respectively. This is an open discussion between friends and is offered to the reader for his or her study and reflection. I hope more of their discussions of faith are made available to everyone. I highly recommend this to those seeking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of both Judaism and Christianity.
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I started with high hopes for this book, but was quickly disappointed. The gems of insight into the 10 Commandments have to be dug out of the meandering, stream-of-conscious conversation between these two friends. Some chapters start with a focused discussion on a particular commandment, but quickly wander off into some other train of thought that has little to no direct relationship to the commandment at hand. Other chapters start off with one of the authors wanting to discuss some esoteric topic that, if related to the commandment at all, is only tenuously connected to the commandment under consideration. The Rabbi seems to want to use the book as an opportunity to discuss his philosophy of religion and seems uncomfortable with staying within the parameters of the Traditions out of which these 10 Words were birthed and the ones that have appropriated them into their catechetical framework. The Reverend allows himself to get sucked into tangential discussion, while making weak attempts to salvage something meaningful about each commandment under discussion. This book could have been improved with better editing along the way, with a more concerted effort by both persons to stay on topic.
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This book took me a long time to read - I would read a section and then take some time to mull it over. I was bummed when it was over and just bought the next volume today. The broad differences between the two writers are both easy to understand and even identify with - I found myself underlining each authors words, as they resonated with my own outlook. I think though, that part of the the beauty of this collaboration is that, as I read, the two often ended up deciding they were saying the same thing, but coming at it from such opposite ends of the spectrum that it took awhile to get there. The journey was both fun to observe and participate in as well. I was drawn to Rami's references and respect for the things that other traditions, such as Buddhism, emphasize and that he seems to have incorporated into his spiritual view. While Mike did not profess to those same stirrings, I was drawn to his willingness to listen with respect (something that both authors do well, even when ribbing each other) and draw parallels into his own faith journey, within his belief system. Finally, I enjoyed the debate of how beneficial organized religion is in accomplishing its professed reasons for being, the pitfalls these groups repeatedly find themselves wallowing in and if on the end, the good outweighs the bad. Mike raised some good points about the good works, spiritual support and uplift a group working for God and with pure hearts can provide their members and community. Rami raised some interesting counter thoughts, indicating how at times, members don't interact with pure hearts, that the stylized forms of worship can distract from a personal search and acceptance of God within you, independent of an organized group. I have more thoughts, and apologize for assigning either author a motive or point that they don't feel they meant to present. It's a great book.
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By Bubberitto on November 3, 2012
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The blending of these two religious traditions gave the reader a fresh, new perspective on the Ten Commandments. It's a great read - thoughtful, unique and a must read for anyone intrested in honest, serious Bible study.
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More About the Author

RABBI RAMI

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award winning author of over two dozen books on religion and spirituality. He received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and holds a PH.D. from Union Graduate School. A congregational rabbi for 20 years, Rabbi Rami currently co-directs One River Wisdom School (oneriverwisdomschool.com), blogs at rabbirami.blogspot.com, writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine called Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler, and hosts the weekly Internet radio show, How to be a Holy Rascal on Unity On-line Radio (www.unity.fm/program/howtobeaholyrascal). His newest book is Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent (SkyLight Paths). Rami can be reached via his website, rabbirami.com


"To me, religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or say as well in another; and the more languages you learn, the more nuanced your understanding of life becomes. Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multi-lingual. In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence. - Rabbi Rami Shapiro


THE RIVER WISDOM SCHOOL

A congregational rabbi for 20 years, Rabbi Rami currently co-directs One River Wisdom School (oneriverwisdomschool.com) and Holy Rascals Foundation (holyrascals.com). He also directs the Spiritually Independent Network and Lech Lecha, a spiritual mentor training program for the spiritually independent. The website spirituallyindependent.com should be up and running soon.

SPIRITUAL HEALTH MAGAZIN

Rami writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine called Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler, and hosts the weekly Internet radio show, How to be a Holy Rascal on Unity On-line Radio unity.fm/program/howtobeaholyrascal.com. His newest book is Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent (SkyLight Paths).

One River Wisdom School meets three times each year to explore the perennial wisdom of the world's religions. Our next retreat is April 4-6, 2014 at St. Mary's Retreat Center in Sewanee, TN.


HOLY RASCALS REVIVAL

Holy Rascals Revival is a joyous celebration of spiritual subversion. Our next revival is in Portland, OR April 25-27, 2014.

SPIRITUALLY INDEPENDENT RETREAT

Spiritually Independent Retreat is Rabbi Rami's workshop based on his book Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent.

LECH LECHA

Lech Lecha, an 18-month spiritual mentor training program for the spiritually independent, is a work in progress. Details forthcoming.

SOUNDS TRUE

Based on Rabbi Rami's Guide to Forgiveness & sponsored by SoundsTrue, The Forgiveness Challenge begins January 29th.

Listen to Tami Simon's interview with Rami on forgiveness:
http://www.soundstrue.com/weeklywisdom/.


USIC, THE CARRIER OF INTENTION IN 49 JEWISH PRAYERS

Rabbi Rami will be appearing in the Creating Calm Network Publishing Group's upcoming anthology, Music, The Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers.




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