By Mark Buchanan
Most people consider completely ransacked: we are waylaid by means of never-ending calls for and stifling exercises. Even our holidays have a panicky, task-like area to them. "If I purely had extra time," is the chant of our age. yet is that this the true challenge?
Widely acclaimed writer Mark Buchanan states that what now we have really misplaced is "the remainder of God-the relaxation God bestows and, with it, that a part of himself we will be able to comprehend merely via stillness." Stillness as a advantage is a overseas thought in our society, yet there's knowledge in God's personal rhythm of labor and relaxation. Sabbath is elixir and antidote. it's a present for our sanity and wholeness--to delay our lives, to complement our relations, to extend our fruitfulness, to make our pleasure entire. Jesus practiced Sabbath between those that had grew to become it right into a dismal factor, an afternoon for murmuring and finger-wagging, and he reminded them of the day's real function: liberation-to heal, to feed, to rescue, to have a good time, to lavish and take pleasure in lifestyles abundant.
The reward of Sabbath is key to our complete humanity and religion, says Buchanan. faraway from being a few starched and dour day merely to be persevered, Sabbath is an afternoon extensive and brilliant, brimming with laughter, adequate to lend good looks to all our different days. Readers could be replaced endlessly through this pivotal book.
"It turns out very unsabbath-like to explain a publication approximately Sabbath with the adverb 'urgently'--but we urgently want this ebook. Mark Buchanan exhibits us that our busyness is killing us--killin us--and that Sabbath is our greatest healing, our greatest course for relaxation and reverence and discipleship."--LAUREN WINNER, Best-selling writer of woman Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath
"With the easiness of lengthy intimacy and a really deft hand, Buchanan right here braids jointly into one gracious and maintaining strand the great thing about Sabbath, the knowledge of its preserving, and the generosity of God in gifting us with it. those pages usually are not only a blessing, they seem to be a psalm that cries out to be joyfully engaged."--PHYLLIS TICKLE, faith editor (ret.) Publishers Weekly and compiler of The Divine Hours
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This is enjoyable reading about something precious most of us have lost, and some of us have never known. I needed to sit back, relax and savor this heart-moving, thought-provoking book. I suspect you do, too. —Randy Alcorn, Best-selling author THE REST OF GOD RESTORING YOUR SOUL BY RESTORING SABBATH MARK BUCHANAN THE REST OF GOD � 2006 Mark Buchanan All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, scanning, or other—except for brief quotations in critical reviews or articles, without the prior written permission of the publisher.
So it’s a good word for what I want to describe here: the ways we might, individually and together, create access and protection for one another. The ways we might build and use a bridge for getting from where we are to where we want to be. Liturgy is not law. This is important. The last thing I want to do here is return us to some parched and crabbed legalism around Sabbath observance. The beauty of calling Sabbath practice a liturgy is that nothing is violated if it’s not followed, or if it’s altered, expanded, abbreviated.
It’s all just a reminder. –Mark Buchanan I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? —MARY OLIVER Be still, and know that I am God. —PSALM 46:10 CONTENTS Acknowledgments Preface: Catnap: An Invitation to Stop Introduction: Starting to Stop 1. Work: One Thing Before You Stop Sabbath Liturgy: Establishing the Work of Your Hands 2.