Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World

Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World

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Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World by A. J. Swoboda

We live in a 24/7 culture of endless productivity, workaholism, distraction, burnout, and anxiety--a way of life to which we've sadly grown accustomed. This tired system of "life" ultimately destroys our souls, our bodies, our relationships, our society, and the rest of God's creation. The whole world grows exhausted because humanity has forgotten to enter into God's rest.

This book pioneers a creative path to an alternative way of existing. Combining creative storytelling, pastoral sensitivity, practical insight, and relevant academic research, Subversive Sabbath offers a unique invitation to personal Sabbath-keeping that leads to fuller and more joyful lives. A. J. Swoboda demonstrates that Sabbath is both a spiritual discipline and a form of social justice, connects Sabbath-keeping to local communities, and explains how God may actually do more when we do less. He shows that the biblical practice of Sabbath-keeping is God's plan for the restoration and healing of all creation. The book includes a foreword by Matthew Sleeth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493412907
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,012,925
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

A. J. Swoboda (PhD, University of Birmingham) pastors Theophilus Church in urban Portland, Oregon. He is executive director of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance, a consortium of Christian higher education institutions dedicated to reconnecting Christians with the biblical call to care for God's creation. Swoboda also teaches biblical studies, theology, and church history at Portland Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary, among others. He is an award-winning author or editor of nine books and speaks regularly at conferences, retreats, churches, and seminars. Visit his website and blog at

Table of Contents


Part 1: Sabbath for Us
1. Sabbath and Time
2. Sabbath and Work
3. Sabbath and Health
Part 2: Sabbath for Others
4. Sabbath and Relationships
5. Sabbath, Economy, and Technology
6. Sabbath and the Marginalized
Part 3: Sabbath for Creation
7. Sabbath and Creation
8. Sabbath and the Land
9. Sabbath and Critters
Part 4: Sabbath for Worship
10. Sabbath and Witness
11. Sabbath and Worship
12. Sabbath and Discipleship

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