Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now is an interesting take on Sabbath as a halt to acquisitiveness and anxious productivity. The author uses the Exodus account of Israelites being freed from Pharaoh’s coercion and brought into a new model of living that sanctified a day of rest. The parallels with modern life were thought-provoking–our tendency to get caught up in churning over the “bricks” we need to make or made incorrectly or failed to make reveals our lack of trust in God as our provider.
The book is not really comprehensive in its treatment of the topic of Sabbath, but I do think it has a lot of good points to consider. It’s more concerned with the attitudes of our hearts than with questions like what exactly we should or shouldn’t do on a given day.
I didn’t agree with everything the author concluded, but found the book good to think over. I’m figuring out how to balance a heavier work load this fall–which is good and I am grateful–and it’s very, very tempting to consider Sunday one more work day. And even when I do forgo the work, it’s also tough to refrain from being distracted by my list of “bricks” for next week when I’m supposed to be focusing on a sermon. So this book was a timely read for me, and if you’re interested in the topic I’d recommend it if you’re reading other books as well.
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