In this series, we are digging in to understand better how our habits shape us into followers of Jesus. Below are some resources that might be helpful to you and your family are looking to grow in these areas. This page will be updated throughout the series.
Two book recommendation for further study for the whole series:
- The Common Rule by Justin Whitmel Earley. Here you can visit the website that outlines the various practices recommended in the book, and discern which you might like to adopt into your family life.
- You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K.A. Smith. This is a book to go a little deeper into the theological understanding of how the way we go through our days forms us into followers of Jesus.
Holy Limits: Using Technology Wisely
- The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch. This is a great book for families to read to learn more about ways to think through how to use technology wisely in the home.
- 10 Commandments for a “Tech-Wise Family”. Read this article that helpfully condenses the book, and offers some of the practical guidance Andy Crouch recommends for families to consider.
Questions for Technology Use (adapted from Tech-Wise Family):
Is this helping me bond with real people?
Is this starting great conversations?
Is this helping me care for my fragile body?
Is this helping me develop skills or just consume media?
Is this helping me cultivate awe and responsibility for the created world?
And finally, …
Am I using this tech with intention and care?
Holy Rhythms: Balancing Work and Rest
- BibleProject video on the Sabbath: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFTLvkB3JLM. The Bible Project makes wonderful videos on biblical topics; this one is a great primer on the biblical understanding of the Sabbath.
- Book: 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life by Matthew Sleeth, M.D. This book brings a doctor’s perspective who, by practicing the Sabbath, was led into faith in Jesus.
- Book: Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation into a Life of Spiritual Disciplines by Lauren F. Winner. In this book, the author writes of how her Jewish richly contributed to her spiritual practices as a Christian. You can read an article from Lauren winner on the Sabbath here.