For the recent Labor Day holiday, we posted a list of the best Christian books on Labor, Work, and Vocation. But in the rhythms of Christian life, habits of Sabbath and rest are similarly important.
Here are some very helpful Sabbath books for Christians
(and it’s probably more accurate to call these books for Christians, not Christian books, as some were written by Jews and people of other faiths) on Sabbath, rest, and leisure.
*** What books about Sabbath, rest, and leisure
would you add to this list?
Mary McKibben Dana
“Life felt like a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle with 600 pieces.” So writes MaryAnn McKibben Dana in the introduction of her book. As she considered her family’s frenetic suburban existence–a relentless list of work, errands, carpool, dishes, email, bills, yardwork–she knew something had to change.
The family faced a choice: to continue at the same frantic pace or to fight back with a radically different way of being. They went radical. For one year, they committed to a practice of Sabbath-keeping. For a whole day each week, they set aside their doing in order to simply be. Work took a backseat to games, walks, Legos, naps, homebrewing, and leisurely contentment. The practice never got easier–the house was a mess, the kids still fought–but Sabbath became the one essential “to-do” each week.
With lively prose (“a fresh voice and energy” –Publishers Weekly), Dana documents the Sabbath experiment as a guide for families of all shapes and sizes. Each chapter includes tips to help you claim Sabbath moments–to see time not as an enemy to subdue, but as a friend to savor.
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