- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: W Pub Group (March 20, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0849918480
- ISBN-13: 978-0849918483
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 159 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath Hardcover – March 20, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
The most recent book we read was The Rest of God: Restoring your Soul by Restoring Sabbath.
Sabbath is something I've toyed a lot with over the years. I sort of play at it, so to speak. I'll be intentional with it for a time, then release it again when I become too legalistic about it. Like any discipline, once you start setting up rules around it, it's easy to forget the grace found in disciplines and become stuck only at following the rules. I do this with Sabbath often.
Mark Buchanan challenged me once again in my approach to resting. I would have devoured the book if Manel and I hadn't promised ourselves to take it slowly. We would read just 2 chapters a week. We savored his stories and the beautiful way he writes and relays the content. From discussing work and play, to sabbatical and legalism, Buchanan covers a wide variety of questions and concerns about what it means to keep a Sabbath.
My book is covered with underlining and comments. He caused me to examine my heart and the way I live and then carefully make changes in my life. After every chapter he had something called a "Sabbath Liturgy." It's sort of an action step. He didn't merely want to change our thinking about Sabbath, he wanted us to do something about it. The liturgies are things like Praying, Writing a poem, taking time to play, serving others, paying attention.
I loved having something to DO when I finished a chapter. I liked about the Sabbath Liturgies that he wasn't asking his readers to do weren't some massive life-altering THING. Instead he was asking for small steps that would eventually lead to knowing the best ways of practicing a Sabbath.
He isn't legalistic about his ideas and I don't want to be either.
I've learned a ton from others who have prayerfully made space in their lives for God to be at work restoring their spirits.
How does God use your commitment to rest to restore you? In what ways has practicing a Sabbath transformed you?
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.