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Living the Sabbath (Christian Practice Of Everyday Life Series)

Norman Wirzba
Living the Sabbath (Christian Practice Of Everyday Life Series)
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Living the Sabbath (Christian Practice Of Everyday Life Series)

Norman Wirzba

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Sabbath is one day a week when we should rest from our otherwise harried lives, right? In Living the Sabbath, Norman Wirzba leads us to a much more holistic and rewarding understanding of Sabbath-keeping. Wirzba shows how Sabbath is ultimately about delight in the goodness that God has made--in everything we do, every day of the week. With practical examples, Wirzba unpacks what that means for our daily lives at work, in our homes, in our economies, in school, in our treatment of creation, and in church. This book will appeal to clergy and laypeople alike and to all who are seeking ways to discover the transformative power of Sabbath in their lives today.

- Publisher "'Sabbath time' is a concept popular among overworked clergy, but Wirzba penetrates to the core of Sabbath teaching as an indispensable element of biblical thought that must inform Christian practice altogether. Drawing widely on traditional and contemporary sources, he shows how Sabbath principles apply to subjects as apparently diverse as farming and eating, education, recreation, economics, and worship. At last the church has a beautifully written, deeply informed study of Sabbath living that is worthy of a place alongside Abraham Heschel's great work."--Ellen F. Davis, Duke Divinity School"This book reads so well that you're tempted to speed through it. But don't. Enjoy it with a glass of iced tea; sit in your rocking chair on the porch and savor it, read slowly, let it sink in. Turn off the television, stay away from the mall, have a conversation with your neighbors, eat home-grown tomatoes. Practice it while you read it. Learn to do Sabbath. Take delight."--Kyle Childress, pastor of Austin Heights Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas"Norman Wirzba's Living the Sabbath takes us beyond the usual depictions of Sabbath as individual retreat into the practices of Sabbath that engage the fullness of our lives. He explores what it means to live out of a sense of Sabbath in family and community relationships, work and social commitments, and in the theological expressions of 'delight in the goodness of God.' Here is a text for living simply and in the continuing transformation of our lives by God's grace."--Malcolm Lyle Warford, Lexington Theological Seminary"Living the Sabbath is a cup of cold water for thirsty souls--a cup of rest and delight offered to those of us exhausted and burdened by the frenetic pace of even our 'Christian' busy-ness. Far from the 'working-for-the-weekend' escapism of our consumer society, Wirzba shows how Sabbath-keeping is just as much a Wednesday and Thursday way of inhabiting God's good creation. He bids us to another world and another way of life by painting a picture of how it could be otherwise, providing not formulae and rules but examples and vignettes that invite us to imagine our habits differently. As a beginning to living the Sabbath, make time to read this book!"--James K.A. Smith, Calvin College"In our hot-and-now commodity culture, in which even religion is often seen as just another thing to be consumed, Living the Sabbath is a clarion call to retrieve the wisdom of the biblical understanding of Sabbath. Clearly and engagingly written, free of scholarly clutter, and brim full of much practical insight on how to live with joy and delight, Norman Wirzba's book is a welcome and timely addition to the Christian Practice of Everyday Life series. This book deserves a wide readership."--Steven Bouma-Prediger, Hope College

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Sabbath is one day a week when we should rest from our otherwise harried lives, right? In Living the Sabbath, Norman Wirzba leads us to a much more holistic and rewarding understanding of Sabbath-keeping. Wirzba shows how Sabbath is ultimately about delight in the goodness that God has made--in everything we do, every day of the week. With practical examples, Wirzba unpacks what that means for our daily lives at work, in our homes, in our economies, in school, in our treatment of creation, and in church. This book will appeal to clergy and laypeople alike and to all who are seeking ways to discover the transformative power of Sabbath in their lives today.
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"'Sabbath time' is a concept popular among overworked clergy, but Wirzba penetrates to the core of Sabbath teaching as an indispensable element of biblical thought that must inform Christian practice altogether. Drawing widely on traditional and contemporary sources, he shows how Sabbath principles apply to subjects as apparently diverse as farming and eating, education, recreation, economics, and worship. At last the church has a beautifully written, deeply informed study of Sabbath living that is worthy of a place alongside Abraham Heschel's great work."--Ellen F. Davis, Duke Divinity School"This book reads so well that you're tempted to speed through it. But don't. Enjoy it with a glass of iced tea; sit in your rocking chair on the porch and savor it, read slowly, let it sink in. Turn off the television, stay away from the mall, have a conversation with your neighbors, eat home-grown tomatoes. Practice it while you read it. Learn to do Sabbath. Take delight."--Kyle Childress, pastor of Austin Heights Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas"Norman Wirzba's Living the Sabbath takes us beyond the usual depictions of Sabbath as individual retreat into the practices of Sabbath that engage the fullness of our lives. He explores what it means to live out of a sense of Sabbath in family and community relationships, work and social commitments, and in the theological expressions of 'delight in the goodness of God.' Here is a text for living simply and in the continuing transformation of our lives by God's grace."--Malcolm Lyle Warford, Lexington Theological Seminary"Living the Sabbath is a cup of cold water for thirsty souls--a cup of rest and delight offered to those of us exhausted and burdened by the frenetic pace of even our 'Christian' busy-ness. Far from the 'working-for-the-weekend' escapism of our consumer society, Wirzba shows how Sabbath-keeping is just as much a Wednesday and Thursday way of inhabiting God's good creation. He bids us to another world and another way of life by painting a picture of how it could be otherwise, providing not formulae and rules but examples and vignettes that invite us to imagine our habits differently. As a beginning to living the Sabbath, make time to read this book!"--James K.A. Smith, Calvin College"In our hot-and-now commodity culture, in which even religion is often seen as just another thing to be consumed, Living the Sabbath is a clarion call to retrieve the wisdom of the biblical understanding of Sabbath. Clearly and engagingly written, free of scholarly clutter, and brim full of much practical insight on how to live with joy and delight, Norman Wirzba's book is a welcome and timely addition to the Christian Practice of Everyday Life series. This book deserves a wide readership."--Steven Bouma-Prediger, Hope College
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Norman Wirzba

Norman Wirzba is Research Professor of Theology, Ecology andNorman Wirzba is Research Professor of Theology, Ecology and Rural Life at Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Foo Rural Life at Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Food and Faith, Living the Sabbath and The Paradise of God. d and Faith, Living the Sabbath and The Paradise of God. C

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