“Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8, NRSV.

“…hallow my sabbaths that they may be a sign between me and you, so that you may know that I the LORD am your God.” Ezekiel 20:20, NRSV.

“…the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” Matthew 12:8, NRSV.

“…it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.'” Matthew 12:12, NRSV.

“…[Jesus] said to them, ‘The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.'” Mark 2:27-28, NRSV.

author Dan B. Allender is the writer of Sabbath, a volume in the Ancient Practices Series from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Allender is the founder Mars Hill Graduate School, a therapist in private practice, a frequent speaker and seminar leader, and the author of other books.

Sabbath is wonderful.

very early in the book, in the introduction to be exact, Allender lays out a kind of thesis and framework for the book: “The way to make use of this book from the beginning is to ask the simplest question: what would I do for a twenty-four hour period of time if the only criteria was to pursue my deepest joy.” (Dan B. Allender, Sabbath, 15).

after introductory comments and material Allender’s book is split into three parts: “Sabbath Pillars,” “Sabbath Purpose,” and “Sabbath Performance.”

Sabbath is a well-written joy to read. reading this book in itself is a wonderful piece of sabbath for any day of the week and any time of the day.

*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*


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