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The Rest of God Paperback – March 11, 2007
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In his fourth book, Christian pastor Buchanan delves into the concept of the Sabbath, by which he means both a day and an attitude. He campaigns persuasively for readers to revive the Sabbath as a refuge from our pervasive and spiritually destructive culture of busyness. Buchanan's prose is fresh and immediate, earnest and self-effacing at the same time. Each chapter is peppered with vivid stories from his own childhood and ministries as well as insightful retellings of biblical narratives. Each chapter also ends with a practicum the author calls a "Sabbath liturgy"—something to try out like choreographic notes, "not to be followed slavishly." Indeed, these invitations to put his ideas on living the Sabbath into action are not PowerPoint-style bulleted lists, but brief narrative passages spiced with more stories and engaging insights. The book can be taken as a whole or read piecemeal as rejuvenating brief sermons. It will aid those Christians looking to step off the hamster wheel of modern working lifestyles and find the rest of God—not just "actual physical, mental, spiritual rest, but also the rest of God—the things of God's nature and presence we miss in our busyness." (Jan. 31)
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About the Author
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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Many of us avoid the Sabbath out of a kind of vague sense that we wouldn't know how to do it properly if we tried. Many of us simply avoid the topic through the haze of overwork and our own sense of task-driven importance. Some of us suffered under a rigid legalism that turned Sabbath into the most burdensome of all the commandments. So, we avoid and ignore.
Buchanan has a wonderful way of expressing how to keep the Sabbath without resorting to a rigid legalism and its importance without laying another burden on the backs of the faithful. Sabbath is rest, after all. And Sabbath is a kind of anticipation of heaven - with all of its fulfilled rest, joy, peace, worship, and the presence of God. The right practice of Sabbath fulfills that longing for a certain taste we can't escape but also can't fulfill here in this life.
I started this book a couple of years ago, but recently returned to it and restarted it in my own felt need for rest. It has been a tremendous help and encouragement about the value and practice of Sabbath. It's not just one day a week, it is a practice, a disposition toward life and God, an inclination toward creation and relationships. I have valued my time in this book. I greatly valued Buchanan's honesty and wonderful ability to express himself. It is a rich book to read on every level.
I highly recommend this book for all disciples - especially those who know they need to taste that thing they have not yet found.
In this book I found a true meditation on what it means to keep the sabbath. The author looks at it from 13 angles, and to each lays out a way to practice it. His style of delivery was the best surprise of the book. His eloquent prose rises to a level more suited to a poet than a self-help/spiritual author. I felt refreshed just reading the pictures he painted in describing his message.
The book gave me a ton to think about and encouraged me to be more faithful in how I approach the Sabbath. And, I can attest to the results. Forcing myself to "just stop," as I believe the author put it in one chapter, has surprisingly replenished me and that is worth far more than the price of this book.
For any people who are too busy to take sabbath, or too important to take sabbath, this is a must read. It goes hand in hand for any working a 12 step program as well.
Very Well Done! A blessing to this workaholic!