SABBATH ECONOMICS

A Spiritual Guide Linking Love with Money

Sabbath Economics (the ‘mother book’) is a combination of how-to, memoir, and journey of personal and spiritual growth. The writing style is informal, conversational, and occasionally intimate. Judith Favor offers inventive ideas to support readers in exploring new approaches to old difficulties. Contemplative money management involves a shift from head-centered control to soul-centered attentiveness. Calling upon your Inner Guide is an art anyone can learn, for all of us know the power of meaning and purpose when it touches us. Stories explore themes of slowing, owing, owning, consuming, sharing, neighboring and belonging. Practices support giving fuller attention to our true selves, our dearest ones, our hurting planet and our Sacred Source. Attention is a pure form of generosity. Increasing attentiveness is a core value brought forth in these pages.
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52 Weeks of Love and Money

A Companion Journal to Sabbath Economics:
A Spiritual Guide Linking Love with Money

52 Weeks of Love and Money: A Companion Journal (the ‘daughter book’) offers generative quotations and questions on 365 pages. Readers have blank space to explain new ideas and record personal perspectives as they form stronger links between loving intentions and monetary decisions.

All of us can create deeper meaning in our financial choices. All of us can develop the skills to utilize our time, our talents, our treasure and our tenderness more purposefully. In 52 Weeks of Love and Money: A Companion Journal to Sabbath Economics, Judith Favor offers provocative quotations on seven themes — slowing, owing, owning, consuming, sharing, neighboring and belonging. Probing questions help readers shape individualized money choices into a living language that touches others and makes a real difference to those who matter most.

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Excerpts

There are many ways to approach a book like this one. We all tend to bring our own experiences and needs to whatever we choose to read. If you are an interactive reader, you may gain a greater understanding of your own views and values, choices and decisions through themes, quotations and images in these pages. If you are a reflective reader, you might pause periodically to reflect on where my experience matches yours, and differs from it. If you are an inquisitive reader, you are likely to not only question my premises and conclusions, but also consider what you already know about love, money, spiritual guidance and scripture and try to predict where I am going with all this. If you are a contemplative reader, you may want to linger over some favorite spiritual practices and experiment with a few new ones. If you prefer personal narratives, you might skip the questions and go straight to the stories, easily identified by the subheading Story. If you like to explore your hidden dimensions through dialogue with another, you may highlight Paired Sharing suggestions, or underline Questions for Reflection to discuss with a spiritual companion. If you like to figure out where you stand on topics of love, money, soul-work and service by comparing your inner landscape to someone else’s thoughts and feelings, you may find yourself focusing on the contrasts and similarities you discover in the experiences of others. If you grow best by confiding in your personal journal, you will find plenty of provocative writing prompts. Some readers will focus on ideas, intent on gaining the fullest understanding of my most important points. Some readers will follow emotions, entering with empathy into the hearts of characters you meet in these pages. Some will attend to personal relationships, intent upon the conflicts that tend to dissolve relationships and the practices that deepen them. Some will find meaning in sensory experiences recounted here, visualizing settings, hearing voices and touching textures inherent in love and money interactions. Readers engaged in ministries of listening, teaching, pastoring and spiritual companionship may be interested in the inner movements experienced by people who move from simply being friends of God to becoming prophets in the larger world. Financially, whether you are struggling to make ends meet or are just getting by, whether you consider yourself decently comfortable, have more than enough, or have inherited millions, this book could be for you, if you want to do the most you can with what you have.

 

Spiritually, whether you belong to a well-organized religious tradition, a semi-organized bunch of meditators or are religiously unaffiliated, this book is for you if you hunger to discover deeper dimensions of your heartmindbodysoul. Readers who are not members of the Religious Society of Friends will learn a lot about the faith and practice of Quakers. Erotically, whether you consider love to be a spectator sport, a partnership of passion, or a solo communion — and whether your amorous journey is a faint memory, a throbbing reality or a distant hope — this book is for you, if you want to touch the more sensory aspects of linking love and money. Many of you will pick up the book periodically rather than reading it from beginning to end. Start with themes and stories that spark your interest. This is an interactive book, so I invite you to try out any spiritual practices that beckon. Respond to all, none or a select few of the multiple queries that salt most of the chapters. Write solo in your journal and / or ask someone to reflect with you conversationally in paired-sharing. Join a circle of trust if you feel led to do so, or form a new circle of your own. Whatever your economic, political, spiritual or erotic situation, the stories that follow will offer fresh insights into the varied meaning of faith and practice. They may call you to invest greater attention and intention in loving self, God and neighbor as you increase your current quotient of empathy, compassion, self-awareness and service. Whatever your mind-set, the process of questioning almost everything you hold dear about love and money may also prompt you to acknowledge your true wealth, and expand your imagination in creative ways to use it.

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