Sabbath Keeping

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The third in Cowley’s Cloister Book series, Sabbath Keeping is a collection of ten meditations, each exploring a different aspect of keeping the sabbath and ending with a prayer. Since it is a difficult art in a society that does not value rest, Schaper encourages small acts of sabbath keeping that initially focus on physical and mental renewal but soon broaden to questions of justice and power. She begins with a chapter called “What is Sabbath?” and goes to the Bible for definitions, from the ordinances ...
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Overview

The third in Cowley’s Cloister Book series, Sabbath Keeping is a collection of ten meditations, each exploring a different aspect of keeping the sabbath and ending with a prayer. Since it is a difficult art in a society that does not value rest, Schaper encourages small acts of sabbath keeping that initially focus on physical and mental renewal but soon broaden to questions of justice and power. She begins with a chapter called “What is Sabbath?” and goes to the Bible for definitions, from the ordinances surrounding sabbath in the Hebrew Bible to the gospel stories about the Sabbath. Other meditations concern sabbath and music, sabbath and the body, prayer, focusing and decluttering, sabbath and memory, sabbath as the relinquishing of power, and sabbath as an act of resistance.
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Christianity and The Arts
'We are desperate for rest in a culture that seems to reward only effort. We understand ourselves as overworked, but in a way we are proud of our exhaustion and our failure to honor the Sabbath.’

“These words by Donna Schaper in her new book Sabbath Keeping make a good beginning, for we are indeed deeply confused about time, bound as we are by a misguided allegiance to schedules and work that drives us beyond even fatigue to something worse, the loss of our very souls.

“Schaper’s volume focuses on the Sabbath’s unique role in sanctifying time. . . . Schaper also reminds us that the third commandment is an invitation to joy. Indeed, . . . there is always an expectation of joy lurking behind time—time seen as a gift from God, as a part of God’s mysterious grace
— Mark Harshman

Christianity and The Arts - Mark Harshman
'We are desperate for rest in a culture that seems to reward only effort. We understand ourselves as overworked, but in a way we are proud of our exhaustion and our failure to honor the Sabbath.’

“These words by Donna Schaper in her new book Sabbath Keeping make a good beginning, for we are indeed deeply confused about time, bound as we are by a misguided allegiance to schedules and work that drives us beyond even fatigue to something worse, the loss of our very souls.

“Schaper’s volume focuses on the Sabbath’s unique role in sanctifying time. . . . Schaper also reminds us that the third commandment is an invitation to joy. Indeed, . . . there is always an expectation of joy lurking behind time—time seen as a gift from God, as a part of God’s mysterious grace

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561011636
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Cowley Cloister Bks.
  • Pages: 110
  • Sales rank: 986,660
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.16 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

DONNA SCHAPER is an area minister for the United Church of Christ and a popular retreat leader. A writer for Weavings, The Other Side, and Homiletic, she has also published several books.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2001

    Space to appreciate God and allow his direction.

    The use of language in this book is beautiful and efficient. In a culture which esteems productivity in every waking moment, I have been trying to balance work and rest, activity and quiet, in my own life. I gained some healthy points to ponder whenever I get myself caught in a whirlwind without any space around my activities. I want God, not frenzy, to direct my life. The book is physically presented in a way that makes it attractive for giving and appropriate for reading in small bits.

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