Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sabbath by Dan B. Allender

This is the third book in a eight-part series on ancient practices edited by Phyllis Tickle. Sabbath includes extensive notes, a bibliography, and a study guide so that it can be used in group study.

Allender points out that contemporary folk just do not understand the concept of Sabbath. First, he points out that keeping the Sabbath is a commandment of God, "Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy." If we seek to please God, then we must observe Sabbath.

The author reminds us that God wants us to celebrate Sabbath, not just spend the day at church and catching up on work. It is intended as a gift to us. Not only is it a day of rest, but it is also a day to do things we truly take delight in.

I have mixed feelings about the book. It was a slow read for me, perhaps because the book is intended for study rather than casual reading. The author's style is a bit "flowery" for me. The information he provides is useful, and many of the points he makes are valid. However, toward the end of the book, I grew tired of all the descriptions of how he has experimented with celebrating Sabbath. Some of it seemed a bit self-indulgent to me.

Pastors and Bible teachers, consider Sabbath as a group study resource for your church. But, first, make sure you study it yourself to be sure your theology coincides with Allender's.

Buy it on Amazon.

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