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Sabbath: The Ancient Practices
     

Sabbath: The Ancient Practices

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by Dan Allender, Bob Abernethy (Editor), William Boles (Editor)
 

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To rest does not mean to cease all activity.

Bestselling author Dan Allender presents an insightful and fascinating look at the origins and purpose of Sabbath. Serving as volume three in The Ancient Practices Series, Sabbath examines the key issues of this oft-misunderstood day of the week.

This "day of delight," as

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To rest does not mean to cease all activity.

Bestselling author Dan Allender presents an insightful and fascinating look at the origins and purpose of Sabbath. Serving as volume three in The Ancient Practices Series, Sabbath examines the key issues of this oft-misunderstood day of the week.

This "day of delight," as instituted by God, has become a dirge for millions of believers. For many, it is simply a break from the busyness of the work week. So, what keeps us from properly understanding, sanctifying and celebrating this important day? Allender looks at not only the history of this discipline, going all the way back to ancient Israel, but also at the modern manifestations and misunderstandings of its practice.

Allender bases his premise on the Hebrew word for rest, Menuha, which is best translated as joyous repose, tranquility, or delight. It is through this lens that he resurrects this lost definition of what it really means to rest.

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In this reflection on the many faces of the Fourth Commandment, Allender (The Healing Path) tries to reinvigorate the Judeo-Christian idea of the Sabbath as a time of joy, celebration and holiness rather than a time for sporting events and grocery shopping. The author, who is president of Mars Hill Graduate School, urges his readers to "go play in the fields of God." The book, part of the Ancient Practices series, is founded on three central ideas. The Sabbath is a commandment, not an option. It is not a minivacation but a "day of delight." It is also a time for feasting, a remembrance of Eden and an anticipation of eternal life. Allender liberally sprinkles his work with personal anecdotes as he proposes a Sabbath theology that includes time, "sensual glory," feasting, ritual, abundance, play and justice. While this volume may be really helpful to those readers seeking to take a fresh look at Sabbath observance,A the often convoluted and confusing prose makes it a bit of a slog. (Feb.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780849901072
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
02/10/2009
Series:
Ancient Practices Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Dan B. Allender received his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University. Currently, Dan serves as Professor of Counseling Psychology and Founding President at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, WA. A therapist in private practice, he is a frequent speaker and conference leader. He and his wife, Rebecca, are parents to three adult children and grandparents of two grandsons and one granddaughter.

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Sabbath: The Ancient Practices 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
D_Hixon More than 1 year ago
Dan Allender has written a beautiful book that gives freedom to a person that is seeking the meaning of Sabbath that God has commanded of His followers. It is so motivating to practice the Sabbath with creativity, freedom and in anticipation after reading this book. I'm reading it for the second time now and enjoying it in different ways and even more appreciation of his writing skills and heart felt words within his writing. This book is settling to the soul to read and I recommend it to all that are desiring to discover Sabbath in their daily living. This book sends me to a peaceful heart and soul and the God that desires it for me.
ReviewYourBook.com More than 1 year ago
Sabbath The ancient Practices Series Dan B. Allender Thomas Nelson, 2009 ISBN: 9780849901072 Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 02/09 5 Stars An overlook of the Sabbath. This is the third book in the Ancient Practices Series. Dan B, Allendar, author of Sabbath, offers readers an overview of a misunderstood day. The Sabbath is a day to delight in the Lord. We are to separate ourselves from the stress of our lives and celebrate the joy of God our creator. Allendar uses the Hebrew word Menuha (tranquility) to help define Sabbath. He takes back to through history to study how the Israelites used the Sabbath through present day and our misconceptions. Beautifully written, this book will help you to find your own Sabbath.