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Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting Paperback – August 24, 1989
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I have found this book to be one of the most important things I've ever read: it offers practical ways for Christians (and others, if they care to borrow) to keep the Sabbath, which is helpful for those without a strong model to work from. The book is broken into four parts, of seven chapters each, so it can be read a chapter a day for four weeks, gently guiding the reader into a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the day of rest. It also focuses equally well on the negative (ceasing and resting from things) and positive (embracing and feasting) aspects of the Sabbath.
I am sorry that the previous reviewer of the book was unable to glean the many helpful and exciting ideas that I found, especially as both she and Ms. Dawn seem to have an equal respect for Abraham Joshua Heschel's book on the Sabbath (another book everyone should read). Contrary to her perception of it, Keeping the Sabbath Wholly is an holistic approach to Sabbath-keeping, entirely centered around God.
You don't have to agree with the author or her experiences to see the value in taking 24 full hours off each week. I can testify that when I was both working and going to school, that 24 hours kept me sane and gave me something to look forward to.
If you want to know which day is the Sabbath, this book isn't for you. (I would recommend Samuele Bacchiocchi's book "From Sabbath To Sunday" to treat this subject.) If someone is looking for ways to keep the Sabbath and experience the full blessing of God on this day, then this book gives many ideas.
I enjoyed her references to Jewish tradition and symbols and what they meant. Since reading this book, I have adopted the practice each week of lighting the Kiddush candles while praying to mark the start of the Sabbath when I go to bed. The following night, I then light the Havdalah candles while praying to commence the Sabbath. This has helped me to be intentional about my activities during the time in between these two lightings.
The author emphasized the need for us to learn how to celebrate life on the Sabbath. She showed how fellowship with others, going to church, alone time with God, reading morally uplifting books (not studying), recreation or sleep, feasting, appreciating God's creation outdoors or in art, and more can all be part of God's Sabbath day.
She also equally addressed what to stay away from and how to avoid certain unholy attitudes during this special day.
The author's perspective is also from a lifestyle of singleness. A good perspective, but I must say that being married and having children would change how observing the Sabbath would look. I do hope to eventually find a book with a family Sabbath outlook.
Overall, a great book of concrete examples of how God would love for us to enjoy Him!
I read and discussed this book with a group of folks from my church. In general we liked it, but I think the book could have used a better editor to help keep Dawn focused. She has many good things to say herein, but not all of them actually belonged in this book. She could have excised some of the tangents (e.g., on our sexuality) and entire chapters (e.g., the one on worship music), and the book would have been just as useful as far as Sabbath-keeping is concerned but more readable because it strayed from the topic less.
We also found the two middle sections on resting and embracing to be in large part redundant or unrelated to the topic at hand. The summaries of those sections that appeared later in the section on feasting, however, were more helpful and meaningful to us than the sections themselves, and we found ourselves wishing she had developed the theme of resting as repentance, for instance, more fully in those middle sections. (If you get bored by the middle, don't give up -- the section on feasting is much better!)
All in all, the book is useful, but it could have been executed in a better way, methinks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some great insights into practice, but at its core it still tries to capture being faithful as zero-sum experience (God does SO much, and I'll do this small tiny miniscule bit). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christopher D. Troxel
She knows what she is talking about. People who are Christians but under a lot of stress can use this book help them to de-hassle their lives.Published 12 months ago by Cornelia S. Cree
A good and thorough look at practicing the Sabbath. The author borrows heavily from Jewish tradition, which was at the same time helpful and enlightening--yet a bit more foreign... Read morePublished 13 months ago by William R Vriesema
I struggle with rest and this book has helped me return to keeping a Sabbath despite my anxiety over the piles of work I have. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Emily
This book gives you some ideas on how/what do to on the Sabbath. Look past some of the information that other wise leads the reader to believe that any day can be the Sabbath---... Read morePublished 14 months ago by JNCRUS
I have my own copy of this delightful book which makes the case for a sabbath rather than a particular day.
I purchased this for a friend.