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In Dressed for Church on Sunday Morning by Zadia Tyson, growing up in the South in the forties and fifties, the author always believed in attending church each Sunday wearing only the finest items of clothing. However, when she began teaching at a local Sunday school, she quickly realized that the church was a place to nurture your relationship with God and Jesus Christ and your outward appearance was of secondary importance. Discover why it is more important that you are clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, and love, not finery. The book offers guidance to truly experience the presence of God, and to live a life that is authentic to your faith. By understanding the origins of the church and the moral traits you must possess to bring you closer to God, you will gain a clear vision of your spiritual path. Transform your faith, spirituality and relationship with God and become a Christian that worships from the heart.
Dressed for Church on Sunday Morning by Zadia Tyson takes a refreshing, unique look at faith and will inspire you to take another look at the teachings of the Bible. The guide is full of passages from the Bible that reinforce the message that your attendance in church is just a small part of being a true Christian. I loved the section on worship and prayer; it was so uplifting. I also appreciated how the author cuts through all the finery and gets straight into the core beliefs and actions a Christian must possess. After reading this book, I came to the conclusion that many people who believe they are Christians are not acting in accordance with what God expects. I agree totally that a person's outward appearance has no spiritual value. But it is also full of encouraging words to people who have lost their faith to establish a new relationship with God and Jesus Christ. A relationship that is solid, meaningful, and nurturing. The acronym of BIBLE - 'basic instructions before leaving earth' - was a perfect summary. I loved this in-depth no-nonsense guide because it advocates for Christians to be encouraging, non-judgmental to others, kind, compassionate, and forgiving. I chose this quote from the book as it sums up the essence of the book perfectly: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; they worship me in vain.” (Matthew 15:8–9a)