- Dan B. Allender © 2009
- Thomas Nelson Publishers
- ISBN 978-0-84999-4604-2 (trade paper)
- 194 pp. plus study guide, notes, bibliography
The book Sabbath offers a life foreign to most of us. The writing, poetic and profound at times, rings of truth and encourages us to discover an astonishing way of living.
God commanded a weekly Sabbath as a day of joy, freedom and abundance. He is never tired, so his ‘rest’ on the seventh day was like the Hebrew word for rest, menahu, a delight, a pleasure and especially playful exuberance.
The Creator wants for us one day a week that’s more than a change of pace and church attendance. He planned that we experience awe and gratitude as we share his joy in creation and enjoy immeasurable fun with Him. Can we believe fun with God is possible, available and desirable?
The author tells how to find true Sabbath celebration. He explains why we often inadvertently flee from and reject God’s actual desires for the day. We haven’t been taught that Sabbath means something far different than our usual attempts at piety.
We don’t expect God to dance and sing with us in daily life. We often have difficulty believing God always delights in us, even when we need to repent. He longs to personally express what He especially loves about each of us. We feel guilty accepting compliments from people, much less God.
God desires to refresh us by new and unexpected means. Allender shows why we don’t understand or practice God’s intentions for one day a week. He helps readers learn to anticipate a different kind of Sabbath even more than children anticipate Christmas.
Sabbath is a book to read, re-read, ponder and absorb, a book to change our lives in exultant ways.