My Strength Is My Story with Ana Levy-Lyons, No Other Gods
Ana Levy-Lyons brings an insightful and fresh perspective of the Ten Commandments in her new book, No Other Gods.
Ana Levy-Lyons: A wife of 11 years and mother to their twins.
Ana is senior minister of First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, New York.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree of music from Brown University and a Master’s of Divinity from The University of Chicago Divinity School.
Ana’s career followed a winding path from founding a web start-up to a singer-songwriter.
“It matters what we do, and matters why we do it.” ~ Ana Levy-Lyons
Enjoy the multitude of topics discussed including music & nature, micromanaging, the golden calf, and enoughness. Be inspired as the Ten Commandments come alive!
- Faith & values
- Music & nature
- Driving in the city
- Jewish heritage
- Professor of religion
- Dad-Philosophy professor
- Ten Commandments
- Sermon series
- Literary agent
- Deep personal spiritual level
- Build a world collectively
- Sweat shops
- The Sabbath
- To Be
- The golden calf
- No other gods
- Support from society
- Personal struggle
- Personal spirituality
- Read as blessings
- Laws of secular society
- A woman named Joy
- Take and take and take
“Think globally, but act locally.” ~ Ana Levy-Lyons
Quotes and statements within the interview:
“Being in nature is where I feel most connected to God.”
“It’s like a second mortgage for having a parking spot nearby.”
“I wasn’t raised with any religion.”
“It’s about supporting people in their individual spiritual journeys.”
“The first couple of years were really, really difficult.”
“People initially have either a negative to neutral sort of impression of the Ten Commandments.”
“And actually, the Ten Commandments gives us an expansive kind of spirituality-grounded way to live our values in the world and to live deeper, more meaningful lives.”
“I feel like God is micromanaging my life and this process.”
“There have been a lot of books that have been written about the Ten Commandments as ethical prescriptions.”
“The Ten Commandments were spoken in 2nd person singular.”
“That sense of the unknowability of God and really the infinite nature of God.”
“We all have other gods.”
“To discover what they are, I think we need to look at what are we looking to, for a kind of salvation.”
“Looking for the approval of others is a tough one for me; as a minister, as a woman.”
“Your inner spiritual journey has powerful ramifications in the world.”
“And as we’re always going towards the center of connection with God and not that it’s a pass or fail test.”
“That’s one of the misunderstandings of the modern world, where we believe that when we let go of religious laws, that therefore we’re free.”
“But actually, if you do keep these arbitrary laws, you actually find a huge freedom in that from the laws of our secular society.”
“They would reach their Sunday nights with anxiety, they’d be stressed our even though they had gotten more done.”
“You are giving up certain freedoms, but you’re also gaining something immeasurable that you really can’t get any other way.”
“We need to feel that we have enough.”
“So all of the commandments are a little bit about kind of staying in our lane and having gratitude for the gifts and abundance that we already have.”
What has your story gifted you?
“The story of my life and particularly the story of how this book came to be has given me so much trust.”
“God is micromanaging my life.”
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- BOOK: No Other Gods
- Connect with Ana Levy-Lyons
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ana_LevyLyons
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ana_levylyons/
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Music by Mandisa – Overcomer
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