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The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath Paperback – August 7, 2012
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"What a wonderful book! Reading it helped me to recapture the wonder and excitement I experienced when I first became a Sabbath observer some thirty years ago. Senator Joe Lieberman and David Klinghoffer provide insights that can enrich anyone's life, not just weekly but daily."--Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk radio host, author of The 10 Big Lies About America
"What a wonderful service Joe Lieberman has rendered his frazzled fellow Americans by reminding them of God's gift of the Sabbath. "The Gift of Rest "has certainly convicted this too-busy Baptist to mend his ways and once again embrace a weekly 'day of rest.'"--Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
"Joe Lieberman's modest memoir of a notable political career, lived wholly within the frame of the eternal Jewish Sabbath, is unique in its zestful picture of how he does it in this day and age."--Herman Wouk, bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Caine Mutiny
""The Gift of Rest" is a charming, beautifully written inspirational gem, as well as a fascinating insider's look at how spirituality and faith intersect at the highest echelons of political power."--Jonathan Kellerman, bestselling novelist
"This charming, personal, and informative book by the popular Senator Joe Lieberman 'is my love song to the Shabbat, ' the Jewish Sabbath, and what it can mean for non-Jews as well. This discovery and rediscovery of the Shabbat offers an intimate glimpse into the mind and heart of a decent and thoughtful person, written in non-technical prose, and which cannot fail to inspire a sensitive reader. Read it and cherish it. It will add a new dimension to your life."--Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, Chancellor of Yeshiva University, Rosh Hayeshiva (Head) of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
"Senator Lieberman's "The Gift of Rest" is itself "a gift of faith". In these few pages, Senator Lieberman reminds us that the God-given day of rest--whether we call it Sabbath or Sunday--should be honored by all believers. As Pope John Paul II taught: we cannot work with God all week, if we do not rest with God on His Sabbath! Senator Lieberman's reflections help each of us to remember just how to rest in God's presence on His day."--Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
"Joseph Lieberman does not just acknowledge the Sabbath as a break from the working week. As an observant Jew he relishes and bathes in the spirit of it. While most other faiths do not embrace the formal rituals of Judaism, there is much here that we can admire and that will remind Christians of what we have lost as respect and love for the Sabbath has diminished. This is a book about faith that both informs and transforms the reader."--Cecil O. Samuelson, President, Brigham Young University
"What a beautiful book about a beautiful concept--a day of rest as a gift to humanity. Senator Lieberman's account of the Sabbath brought back fond memories of my own past while inspiring me to try to return to the values embodied in the Sabbath."--Alan Dershowitz, author of The Trials of Zion
"This deeply sincere and highly readable composition is certain to help people rethink their concept of Sabbath and prod them to rest."--Publishers Weekly
About the Author
David Klinghoffer is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle. He is the author of five books and a former senior editor of National Review magazine. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications.
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Gulp. Then...I pick up and read U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman's new book about rediscovering the beauty of the Sabbath. I'm pretty sure I don't mention the Sabbath when talking or writing about work/life balance. Double gulp.
How about you? Sen. Lieberman says he has embraced the fourth commandment. "Most of the time," he writes, "it feels less like a commandment and more like a gift from God."
He adds, "For me, Sabbath observance is a gift because it is one of the deepest, purest pleasures in my life. It is a day of peace, rest and sensual pleasure." (Never heard my Baptist parents, preachers or friends ever use those words about the Sunday rules we railed against.)
Well...this is a tough sell--convincing you to read this book. But I'll try. Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan once said, "I can do a year's worth of work in eleven months but not in twelve." Ditto, perhaps, the six-day week?
Lieberman's plain-spoken, transparent--and phenomenally interesting book--hooked me in the first paragraph:
"It's Friday night, raining one of those torrential downpours that we get in Washington, D.C., and I am walking from the Capitol to my home in Georgetown, getting absolutely soaked.Read more ›
Intertwined in the discussion, the Senator gives us a brief, but meaningful, autobiography of his life and we are introduced to his grandparents, his parents, his children and, of course, his second wife, Hadassah.
All in all, the book keeps its promise of the title. The Sabbath is truly a gift.
work and take a rest from the daily grind by setting aside time for
contemplation and time with family and friends on a regular basis.
A day of rest will yield one a better, fuller and more healthful life
and for that I thought the book did fulfill its goal.
The Jewish Shabbat is from sundown Friday until Saturday night, the Christian Sabbath is generally on Sunday. It is supposed to be a time of reflection about who we are, our relationship with our creator, and a reconnection with our families and loved ones. Lieberman is right that we have lost this precious day of the week, and by doing so, a lost of little of ourselves in the process.
Learn how both Jews and Christians may benefit from recapturing the beauty of the day of Sabbath or Shabbat. There is more to life than watching electronic screens.
Senator Lieberman's reflections helped us to remember just how to rest in God's presence on His day.
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I really enjoyed reading this book - it was insightful for a Christian who is learning more about the Jewish faith. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Webb
No matter what your religious point of view or when you chose as your day of rest and meditation, this is a wonderful book for EVERYONE. Read morePublished 1 month ago by styarbrough
I love this book. It is a sweet, easy read. I have given it as gifts and donated it to my church library. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Pretty good read. Gives good ideas on how to make the Sabbath more meaningful. I just wish he would quit mentioning Al Gore (the liar). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Timothy J Cardon
This little book was a nice, elementary guide to the Jewish Sabbath. For those of us who already observe it, it pretty much tells us what we already know. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael Lewyn
I read this book with much interest. I highly respect Senator Lieberman's practices. If a very busy senator and vice-presidential candidate can take 24 and more hours to observe... Read morePublished 10 months ago by hobby fan
Great for those suffering from overwork and not knowing God's will for their lives! Simple. Lieberman make every Saturday (Jewish Sabbath) a near Christmas celebration! Read morePublished 11 months ago by David C. McNair