Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting

Keeping the Sabbath Wholly Ceasing Resting Embracing Feasting But I don t wanna go to church Marva Dawn has often heard that cry and not only from children What a sad commentary it is on North American spirituality she writes that the delight of keeping the Sa

  • Title: Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting
  • Author: Marva J. Dawn
  • ISBN: 9780802804570
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback
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    But I don t wanna go to church Marva Dawn has often heard that cry and not only from children What a sad commentary it is on North American spirituality, she writes, that the delight of keeping the Sabbath day has degenerated into the routine and drudgery even the downright oppressiveness of going to church According to Dawn, the phrase going to church both But I don t wanna go to church Marva Dawn has often heard that cry and not only from children What a sad commentary it is on North American spirituality, she writes, that the delight of keeping the Sabbath day has degenerated into the routine and drudgery even the downright oppressiveness of going to church According to Dawn, the phrase going to church both reveals and promotes bad theology it suggests that the church is a static place when in fact the church is the people of God The regular gathering together of God s people for worship is important it enables them to be church in the world but the act of worship is only a small part of observing the Sabbath This refreshing book invites the reader to experience the wholeness and joy that come from observing God s order for life a rhythm of working six days and setting apart one day for rest, worship, festivity, and relationships Dawn develops a four part pattern for keeping the Sabbath 1 ceasing not only from work but also from productivity, anxiety, worry, possessiveness, and so on 2 resting of the body as well as the mind, emotions, and spirit a wholistic rest 3 embracing deliberately taking hold of Christian values, of our calling in life, of the wholeness God offers us 4 feasting celebrating God and his goodness in individual and corporate worship as well as feasting with beauty, music, food, affection, and social interaction Combining sound biblical theology and research into Jewish traditions with many practical suggestions, Keeping the Sabbath Wholly offers a healthy balance between head and heart the book shows how theological insights can undergird daily life and practice, and it gives the reader both motivation and methods for enjoying a special holy day Dawn s work unpretentiously eloquent, refreshingly personal in tone, and rich with inspiring example promotes the discipline of Sabbath keeping not as a legalistic duty but as the way to freedom, delight, and joy Christians and Jews, pastors and laypeople, individuals and small groups all will benefit greatly from reading and discussing the book and putting its ideas into practice.

    Comment 554

    • Laurie says:

      I want to explore this Sabbath Rest -- I have never studied the idea of keeping the Sabbath, and apart from attending church, "Sabbath-keeping" has not been part of my spiritual experience.Key quotes:The Sabbath is an intentional day of remembering how Yahweh ordained the practice of Sabbath keeping by his own example at Creation, how the people of Israel observed it throughout their history, and how Jesus continued to practice it and to honor it, especially in his acts of compassion. Moreover, [...]

    • Stephen Lake says:

      Dawn's quiet, contemplative sabbath routine inspired my family and others in a Saturday evening church we helped found some years. She had a rich but practical theology about entering into the rest of God through the practice of sabbathing. An excellent book, the best I've found on the topic.

    • Deirdre says:

      Good, thorough exposition of what it means to keep the Sabbath. It's a bit dated in some places, she says some odd things in other places, and it's a bit repetitive, but overall it was quite good. I like her robust theology of Sabbath, which calls for Sabbath-keeping not only as something you as an individual do to become a better follower of Jesus by acknowledging your limits and trusting God with the work that you do but also something that draws you deeper into your community and the pursuit [...]

    • Patrick says:

      This is an excellent book offering contemporary Christians why and how to observe the Sabbath in our busy, fragmented lives. Highly recommended!

    • Kate says:

      I enjoyed this book and was challenged by the community. Always wanted to belong to a church that put a greater emphasis on the Sabbath

    • Kristen says:

      Before I was married and a mother, keeping the sabbath was easy. I read Keeping the Sabbath Wholly by Marva Dawn to remind myself why I need to press on towards making my Sundays the way they ought to be, even in the midst of all of my busyness.I really appreciated Keeping the Sabbath Wholly. Dawn works her way through four elements of sabbath keeping: ceasing, resting, embracing and feasting. As Christians, when we cease, we don’t just run away from everyday life, we assert that the things th [...]

    • Matt Miles says:

      Both in Abraham Heschel's The Sabbath and Judith Shulevitz's The Sabbath World, I got the impression of Sabbath as a metaphor for religious practice, or rather, that religious practice that distinguishes the devout as set apart, and holy. This holiness isn't for the purpose of being noticed, though it is noticeable, but rather than looking different, worshipers are concerned with transformation of self and community. I thought of this while reading Marva J. Dawn's apologetic/handbook for a Chris [...]

    • Michael says:

      My community group is currently reading through this book on my recommendation. I first read this book while in grad school, and after reading it I started to practice (however imperfectly) the discipline of setting aside one day each week to rest, worship, and cease everyday activities. It's a biblical way to live, and as much as I kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath kept me. Although when I finished grad school I didn't have as many papers as some of my fellow grad students, I think I was much happi [...]

    • Rachel says:

      In just over 200 joyful pages, Dawn lays out the full essence of what “remembering the Sabbath day to keep it holy” can mean for Christians.For Dawn, Sabbath is neither a duty to be fulfilled nor a reward to be earned — it is a gift to be gratefully received. It is a day that not only becomes the joyous high point of the week for those who observe it — a holy oasis in time — but that also provides spiritual, physical, and emotional nourishment to carry them through the other six days.T [...]

    • Brandon Wilkins says:

      This was an enjoyable reflection on the implications of Sabbath. Marva Dawn breaks the book up into four sections: ceasing (understood as acts of repentance), resting, embracing, and feasting (all three understood as acts of faith). Dawn provides a lot of good material for reflection on, even after reading.One thing that I was not as wild about was the heavy use of Judaism for understanding the Sabbath. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there is value in considering how Jewish theology understands Sa [...]

    • Jenny says:

      Keeping the Sabbath was the focus of Lent at Zumbro Lutheran Church this spring. Dawn offers compelling arguments for keeping this commandment which is a foreign idea for most contemporary Americans. Slow down? Take a rest? What is that all about? Really, the benefits are numerous. Dawn bases her own understanding and personal Sabbath-keeping practices in Jewish traditions, which is interesting to learn about. Her practices are not for everyone I'm sure as Dawn is a single woman without children [...]

    • Kay Mcgriff says:

      I deliberately read this one slowly so I could have time to reflect as I read. And it was conveniently divided into 28 chapters for daily readings for four weeks. Reading this has deepened my understanding of Sabbath to much more than restrictions on what you can or cannot do. As I am beginning to be more intentional in my observance of Sabbath, I am enjoying its gifts more and more. One of the best takeaways for me is the choice to be intentional about celebrating the Sabbath while not being bo [...]

    • Joshua D. says:

      I really wanted to like this book as I have benefited from Marva Dawn's writing before, especially in "Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down." However, I didn't like it. At all. I'm sure it has something to do with having read 2 other books on sabbath in close proximity, but this book didn't add anything to my understanding of the Sabbath either theologically or practically. The best part of the book is the broad framework: ceasing, resting, embracing, feasting. But really, that's it. Read the title [...]

    • Deb says:

      Marva Dawn spoke at our church a couple of years ago, and she was incredibly inspiring on the topic of keeping Sabbath. I find her book to be less inspiring, mostly because it's written in a very academic way. It reads like one of my grad school papers. And while the information is good and I DO want to keep Sabbath, I'm having a very hard time getting through the book.I'm sure I will eventually finish it all, but in the meantime I'm exploring other books by writers I love, like Mark Buchanan's [...]

    • Bekki Fahrer says:

      I got a lot out of this book. I am not good at doing Sabbath, and so Dawn's book gave me a lot to think about. What I really liked was considering the rhythm of the Sabbath including ceasing, resting, embracing, and feasting. I think that I am not good a ceasing and resting. I find that I have a hard time stopping worrying, planning, and trying/striving. I also don't know how to rest well. I can't say I loved this book, but it did challenge me a lot.

    • Peggy Lo says:

      Some good perspectives on the concept of the Sabbath and what does it mean to keep the Sabbath nowadays and what are the different ways we can keep the Sabbath. I think it's a lot like Centering Prayer. You do it so the more you do it, the more the tranquility and peace or perspectives you attain during the Sabbath can extend into how you live your life during the rest of the week.

    • Brenton says:

      I really enjoyed this book! I would highly recommend it for "type A" or pragmatic people that are looking for reasons and guidelines to practicing the Sabbath. The author outlines practical purposes, and suggests implementations for the ceasing, resting, embracing, and feasting on a day that is set apart each week.

    • Julia Matallana says:

      Fabulous! She is very knowledgeable about historical context and the jewish understanding of Sabbath. Takes this historical understanding and interprets and encourages a christian understanding to loving and drawing close to Christ in Sabbath.

    • Mark Nenadov says:

      Enjoyed it. I wouldn't follow it in everything nor agree with everything said, but its full of helpful thoughts on theory and practice regarding setting apart the Lord's day as a day of rest, refreshment, and feasting.

    • Olive Chan says:

      An excellent resource on the theology, history, meaning and practice of Sabbath. I enjoyed reading it on my Sabbaths. It gives a well-rounded presentation of what the Sabbath is and how one can go about practicing it.

    • Kari says:

      I wanted a book on the Sabbath, and picked this one partly because I heard it was good and partly because one of my relatives wrote it! Although it could have been half as long, I enjoyed it and appreciated her views on Sabbath keeping.

    • Shelly Harris says:

      This book brings joy to keeping and celebrating the Sabbath. It's supernatural how God multiplies back to us what we give to Him. The Sabbath is a gift that we, in the hustle and bustle of a busy life, often choose to leave unopened.

    • Candy says:

      “A great benefit of Sabbath keeping is that we learn to let God take care of us — not by becoming passive and lazy, but in the freedom of giving up our feeble attempts to be God in our own lives.” ~ by Marva J. Dawn

    • Rene says:

      Apply what you read in this book and you will obtain a whole new level of deep, rich living - not just mere existence

    • Chris says:

      In our busy culture everyone needs to rediscover the discipline of Sabbath keeping. There is more to life then your accomplishments.

    • Sean-david says:

      I loved this book. Refreshing, compelling, and Christ exalting.

    • Linda says:

      Interesting study in how to begin to truly keep Sabbath and why it might change your life.

    • Hon says:

      a good book that taught me how to enjoy God and let God be God. Sabbath, afterall, is intended to help us reposition ourselves as God's children

    • Julie says:

      I love this book!! Everyone should read it.

    • Jill Willis says:

      Mandatory reading for Disciple 2. The author's not married and doesn't have children, so some of her advice seems more geared toward singles, but she makes some great points.

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