From Publishers Weekly:Dana, a Presbyterian pastor, brings a fresh voice and energy to the familiar topic of time management as understood by people who would describe themselves as either religious, or spiritual but not religious. Dana writes in a distinct voice about making a traditional religious practice meaningful to contemporary families.
From Christian Century: "One of the most helpful and well-conceived books on spirituality I've ever read... Dana contends that 'we can act ourselves into a different way of being.' Her family's brilliantly narrated experiment with holy time proves her point as they grow and change together, learning to love each other and the world more fully through spiritual practice."From Presbyterian Outlook:
MaryAnn McKibben Dana makes a persuasive case for Sabbath-keeping. She writes eloquently about the excuses that so many of us make for NOT practicing Sabbath, or for practicing it in a haphazard and slapdash way when it is convenient for us. With gentle humor and without harsh judgment, she points out the ways so many of us overfunction, and how we think that we are letting the world down if we take time on a regular basis for renewal, reconnection and recreation. We make idols of our "to do" lists rather than savoring the gift of life.From Englewood Review of Books:
Readers of MaryAnn McKibben Dana's Sabbath in the Suburbs will find the practice of Sabbath keeping less foreign and ritualistic and be encouraged to embark on their own Sabbath experiment. Small groups, book clubs, Sunday School classes, or even entire churches, may find this a useful book to read and practice together, thus finding strength in numbers.From NetGalley:
Other than getting a little tired of reading the word "Sabbath" I loved this one. It was a thoughtful and funny and realistic description of one family's attempt to have Sabbath time each week for a year. Both MaryAnn and her husband work outside the home, so I found this to be much more relatable than many books that focus on spiritual practices. Many of these year-long experiment books feel forced, but this one was head-and-shoulders above the pack. Recommended for: anyone interested in the practice of Sabbath.
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