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.
Sabbath Keepingby Donna Schaper
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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 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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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.