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The Rest of God Paperback – March 11, 2007
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Mark Buchanan is a pastor, award-winning author, and father of three who lives with his wife, Cheryl, on the West Coast of Canada. Educated at the University of British Columbia and Regent College, his work has been published in numerous periodicals, including Christianity Today, Books and Culture, Leadership Journal, and Discipleship Magazine. He is the author of six books: Your God Is Too Safe, Things Unseen, The Holy Wild, The Rest of God, Hidden in Plain Sight, and Spiritual Rhythm.
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If all you've ever known about Sabbath is that you have permission to sleep all day on Sunday, you're in good company! But this is truly one of those cases where "if you snooze, you loose". Our rest has taken on the aspect of death instead of the renewal God had in mind when He set the pattern for Sabbath in motion after creation.
Mark Buchanan not only takes on the challenge of developing scripture around his subject, but he confronts religious culture in revealing that God provided for our rest and refreshment from the beginning: relaxation (yes - nap, but also yes - play!), as well as room to think, love, be thankful and be free... can't wait for Sunday!
The author also faces off on our very limited idea of Sabbath in other ways, thus the ambiguous title, THE REST OF GOD. Not only do we find the opportunity to be revived through Sabbath rest, but we are invited to be renewed daily as we celebrate God's sufficiency and abundance - the rest of God.
Buchanan is a gem of a writer. He is both artful and ingenious, weaving his insights and sharing his understanding through innocent observations and engaging stories of himself and others. He draws from many sources, and his writing is truly beautiful, inviting the reader to look over his shoulder or hear his thoughts. On the other hand, it is a book for personal discovery, too, finding a path often sought but seldom seen amid the glare of daily obligations and distractions. The pages are full of the kind of truth the reader will want to hold onto. The book is very readable; it is written in language that seekers of almost any age and station in life can hear and enjoy the benefit. It lends itself to one sitting, reading straight through from beginning to end, as well as being an effective devotional read. Either way you will want to pick it up again and again. (I just finished my third reading and am looking forward to my fourth!)
This book is designed for theologians and everyone else, too. It is both irresistible and challenging, a real life-changer when taken to heart. It is not the Word of God, but sounds very much like a whisper from God's own heart: "This is the way...". It is certainly a good companion to life and the spiritual vitality to which we are called.
I bought it on the suggestion of a friend and was committed to reading it because of this. But the book reads like the college term paper you started to write the night before it is due and to meet the page requirement, you copy lengthy quotations from your sources and cite paragraphs of discussions (in Buchanan's case, life stories) that are more adequately referenced in 3-4 sentences. You've met the 25-page requirement, but essentially all you have is 2-3 pages of honest effort and nothing worth your reader's time.
Outside of the Bible, I haven't found a good book on the subject. But here are 2 wonderful sermons I'd recommend: Ian Higham's "What is the Sabbath" and "How Should I Observe the Sabbath," available at: belvidere dot org dot uk. The church's name is Belvidere Road Church. You can search Sabbath on the homepage, which will take you to both sermons easily.
The author lays out how your sabbath allows you to taste what heaven is like. Heaven being the ultimate rest: filled with joy, peace, and love through Jesus. The author helps to show you how your sabbath isn't about getting away from work to taste heaven, but to taste heaven and bring it to work.