Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting [Paperback]

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It's Sunday! Time to cut the grass, wash the car, paint the house, and . . . oh, go to church. Dawn shows you why going to church shouldn't be just another chore. Through sound biblical theology and research into Jewish traditions, Dawn motivates you to cease work and relish this God-given day of rest and worship.

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But I don t" wanna" go to church Marva Dawn has often heard that cry--and not only from children. What a sad commentary it is on North American spirituality, she writes, that the delight of keeping the Sabbath day has degenerated into the routine and drudgery--even the downright oppressiveness--of going to church.
According to Dawn, the phrase going to church both reveals and promotes bad theology: it suggests that the church is a static place when in fact the church is the "people of God." The regular gathering together of God?'s people for worship is important--it enables them to" be church" in the world--but the act of worship is only a small part of observing the Sabbath.
This refreshing book invites the reader to experience the wholeness and joy that come from observing God?'s order for life--a rhythm of working six days and setting apart one day for rest, worship, festivity, and relationships. Dawn develops a four-part pattern for keeping the Sabbath: (1)"ceasing"--not only from work but also from productivity, anxiety, worry, possessiveness, and so on; (2) "resting"-- of the body as well as the mind, emotions, and spirit--a wholistic rest; (3) "embracing"--deliberately taking hold of Christian values, of our calling in life, of the wholeness God offers us; (4) "feasting"--celebrating God and his goodness in individual and corporate worship as well as feasting with beauty, music, food, affection, and social interaction.
Combining sound biblical theology and research into Jewish traditions with many practical suggestions, "Keeping the Sabbath Wholly" offers a healthy balance between head and heart: the book shows how theological insights can undergird daily life and practice, and it gives the reader both motivation and methods for "enjoying" a special holy day.
Dawn?'s work-- unpretentiously eloquent, refreshingly personal in tone, and rich with inspiring example--promotes the discipline of Sabbath-keeping not as a legalistic duty but as the way to freedom, delight, and joy. Christians and Jews, pastors and laypeople, individuals and small groups--all will benefit greatly from reading and discussing the book and putting its ideas into practice.

Item Specifications...

Pages   217
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1989
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802804578  
EAN  9780802804570  

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poor recitation of Sabbath  Apr 11, 2008
Once again the Sabbath understanding has been relegated to any day of the week with no understanding regarding it's purpose. We burned the book.
Life Changing  May 14, 2007
This book is one of those that will always be with me. I read many books and there are only a select few that make a huge impact on my life and that I remember always. This is one of them. Marva Dawn makes the point that you can accomplish more in 6 days with a Sabbath Rest day than if you work 7 days without, much like a tithe. This is a subject that the church has to a great extent left out of its teaching in many years. I believe this is the answer to the problem of all the rage we have in this society. People are pushed to the limit and take no time to rest and recuperate and draw close to the Lord.
Useful but not well executed  Dec 28, 2006
When it comes to the Sabbath, there are four basic questions: What is it (what does it mean)? Who should celebrate it? When should it be celebrated? and How should it be celebrated? Dawn's is a mostly practical book on Sabbath-keeping, and she spends most of her space discussing the last question and conspicuously -- and, I suspect, intentionally -- avoids the other three. (For a relatively brief theological discussion of those other concerns from a Christian perspective, I'd recommend chapters 28-30 of John Frame's _Doctrine of the Christian Life_, which can be found for free online.)

I read and discussed this book with a group of folks from my church. In general we liked it, but I think the book could have used a better editor to help keep Dawn focused. She has many good things to say herein, but not all of them actually belonged in this book. She could have excised some of the tangents (e.g., on our sexuality) and entire chapters (e.g., the one on worship music), and the book would have been just as useful as far as Sabbath-keeping is concerned but more readable because it strayed from the topic less.

We also found the two middle sections on resting and embracing to be in large part redundant or unrelated to the topic at hand. The summaries of those sections that appeared later in the section on feasting, however, were more helpful and meaningful to us than the sections themselves, and we found ourselves wishing she had developed the theme of resting as repentance, for instance, more fully in those middle sections. (If you get bored by the middle, don't give up -- the section on feasting is much better!)

All in all, the book is useful, but it could have been executed in a better way, methinks.
Special Symbols for a Special Day  Nov 23, 2005
This is the second Sabbath book I have read (the first being "Celebrating the Sabbath" by Bruce Ray). My question has always been, "How do we keep the Sabbath holy as the Lord says? I know it is supposed to be a day of rest, but what else and how does that look?" I was delighted to read about this author's special detailed attention given to this holy day.

I enjoyed her references to Jewish tradition and symbols and what they meant. Since reading this book, I have adopted the practice each week of lighting the Kiddush candles while praying to mark the start of the Sabbath when I go to bed. The following night, I then light the Havdalah candles while praying to commence the Sabbath. This has helped me to be intentional about my activities during the time in between these two lightings.

The author emphasized the need for us to learn how to celebrate life on the Sabbath. She showed how fellowship with others, going to church, alone time with God, reading morally uplifting books (not studying), recreation or sleep, feasting, appreciating God's creation outdoors or in art, and more can all be part of God's Sabbath day.

She also equally addressed what to stay away from and how to avoid certain unholy attitudes during this special day.

The author's perspective is also from a lifestyle of singleness. A good perspective, but I must say that being married and having children would change how observing the Sabbath would look. I do hope to eventually find a book with a family Sabbath outlook.

Overall, a great book of concrete examples of how God would love for us to enjoy Him!
A good "how-to" book  Nov 13, 2005
Finally a Sabbath book that doesn't seek to convince one of which day should be kept as the Sabbath, but focusses instead on HOW to keep the Sabbath. The book is broken into four major parts - ceasing, resting, embracing, and feasting. Each of those chapter breaks its subject down into seven areas. For example, the section on resting covers physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social rest.

You don't have to agree with the author or her experiences to see the value in taking 24 full hours off each week. I can testify that when I was both working and going to school, that 24 hours kept me sane and gave me something to look forward to.

If you want to know which day is the Sabbath, this book isn't for you. (I would recommend Samuele Bacchiocchi's book "From Sabbath To Sunday" to treat this subject.) If someone is looking for ways to keep the Sabbath and experience the full blessing of God on this day, then this book gives many ideas.

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