“Ten Words to Live By” by Jen Wilken began like a meandering path through a hidden garden. The initial chapters felt introspective, their pace unhurried, and I confess, I struggled to find my footing. But like any worthwhile exploration, patience turned out to be the key. As I ventured deeper, the book blossomed, each chapter revealing its unique beauty.

Jens’s strength lies in her ability to bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern realities. Her insights on Sabbath rest, for instance, felt like a cool drink on a parched day. The mere suggestion of stepping away from the constant churn of life, of genuinely resting and recharging my soul, sparked a quiet reflection within me. Similarly, her exploration of honoring one’s parents transcended platitudes, delving into the complexities of respect, forgiveness, and the intricate dance of family dynamics.

While these chapters resonated most deeply with me, each commandment received its due diligence. Her clear and engaging prose demystified complex concepts, making them relevant to my life. I saw familiar verses with fresh eyes, appreciating the intricate tapestry woven by the Ten Commandments. It was a revelation, a reminder that they weren’t isolated rules but directions to living in harmony with God and others.

“Ten Words to Live By” is a journey brimming with rewards. If you’re seeking a thought-provoking companion to re-examine your relationship with God’s law, this book is your invitation. Trust me, my initial meandering soon led to breathtaking vistas, leaving me with a deeper understanding of myself and my place in the world.

Favorite Quotes from Jen

What a mercy that God sees the end from the beginning. He engraves good boundaries for us even before we know we need them.

The narrow path is narrow because its gate is Christ alone, and its way is the way of holiness. It is the path that teaches us the delight of loving God and neighbor as we look toward a day when all will be made new

We were created in the image of God. The more we worship an idol, the more we will conform to its image. To put to death an idol is to be restored to the image of God

We are created for single-minded allegiance. We are designed for it. We are made in the image of one God, to bear the image of one God. We cannot conform to both the image of God and the image of an idol.

More than the deliberate cessation of work for the purpose of decompressing, Sabbath is the deliberate cessation of any activity that might reinforce my belief in my own self-sufficiency. In contrast to cultural ideas of rest marked by self-care, Sabbath rest is marked by self-denial.

So, if you’re seeking a thought-provoking pilgrimage that transcends mere rule-following and delves into the heart of living a God-centered life, then embark on this journey with Jen Wilken. It’s a book that promises to enrich your life and illuminate the path toward a more fulfilling, God-centered existence. Highly recommended for anyone seeking to walk in deeper communion with God’s will.

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  1. I loved this book. One of the most insightful parts for me was about the command not to murder. Most of us think we’re far from that one. But Jesus said being angry or insulting our brother is cause for judgement. Jen brought out how name-calling and insulting someone is dehumanizing. That struck me so much because in so many Internet “fights,” I’ve seen people call names and wish evil on someone for the slightest disagreement. And then I have wondered how people could be so inhumane to fellow humans over history, like Nazis to the Jews and slaveowners to slaves. One reason is that same dehumanization–thinking of others as less than human. That’s true of abortion as well. I had not seen that connection before, and it was really eye-opening.

    1. Amen and I’ll say it again Amen! True, True & True. I’m with you 💯%

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