Sabbath: The Ancient Practices
What would you do for twenty-four hours if the only criteria were to pursue your deepest joy?
Dan Allender’s lyrical book about the Sabbath expels the myriad myths about this “day of rest,” starting with the one that paints the Sabbath as a day of forced quiet, spiritual exercises, and religious devotion and attendance. This, he says, is at odds with the ancient tradition of Sabbath as a day of delight for both body and soul. Instead, the only way we can make use of the Sabbath is to see God’s original intent for the day with new eyes. InSabbath, Allender builds a case for delight by looking at this day as a festival that celebrates God’s re-creative, redemptive love using four components:
Now you can experience the delight of the Sabbath as you never have before—a day in which you receive and extend reconciliation, peace, abundance, and joy.
The Ancient Practices
There is a hunger in every human heart for connection, primitive and raw, to God. To satisfy it, many are beginning to explore traditional spiritual disciplines used for centuries . . . everything from fixed-hour prayer to fasting to sincere observance of the Sabbath. Compelling and readable, the Ancient Practices series is for every spiritual sojourner, for every Christian seeker who wants more.
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Interesting book, but misses the point of SabbathUser Review - Alex Klages - Christianbook.com
This book, while quite well-written, was not exactly what I was expecting. First, as a note of background, I did my MDiv thesis on a topic related to the Sabbath, so I have done a substantial amount ... Read full review
Thought-provoking, but not at all what I expected.User Review - Christianbook.com
The author begins with the assertion that true Sabbath rest isn't just about ceasing from work, or getting a "break," but about experiencing true delight, or so entering into beauty that we are brought to a point of awe toward the Creator of beauty. As the book continues, it is all very philosophical. Although valuable, in my opinion, for stretching the reader's thinking and drawing us out of our ruts, it isn't very practical. And it isn't all biblical. For example, he quotes from a gentleman named Abraham Haschel about time: "Time, that which is beyond and independent of space, is everlasting; it is the world of space which is perishing. Things perish, within time; time itself does not change. We should not speak of the flow or passage of time but of the flow or passage of space through time. It is not time that dies; it is the human body which dies in time. Temporality is an attribute of the world of space, of things of space. Time which is beyond space is beyond the division in past, present, and future." True or not, this is certainly thought-provoking, and has the potential to affect how we approach our time. But Allender's response is that "if Heschel is correct," (and, in context, the implication is that Allender believes him to be so), "time doesn't have to be redeemed or used or stolen or made or spent..." However, the Bible clearly says that we do need to redeem time! (Eph. 5:16, Col. 4:5) Whereas I would have expected a treatise on the Sabbath to go point-by-point through what the Scriptures say about the Sabbath, that is not the case here. I find this ironic considering the author points out that keeping the Sabbath is a commandment! Wouldn't we expect, then, to read what God said he had in mind for the keeping of it? Nevertheless, I did find much of this to be valuable reading, if for no other reason than, as previously mentioned, to make me think outside of my current rut. I also appreciate the reminder that the Sabbath - and, indeed, life - are n ...