What would you do for twenty-four hours if the only criteria were to pursue your deepest joy?
Dan Allender’s lyrical book about the Sabbath expels the myriad myths about this “day of rest,” starting with the one that paints the Sabbath as a day of forced quiet, spiritual exercises, and religious devotion and attendance. This, he says, is at odds with the ancient tradition of Sabbath as a day of delight for both body and soul. Instead, the only way we can make use of the Sabbath is to see God’s original intent for the day with new eyes. In Sabbath, Allender builds a case for delight by looking at this day as a festival that celebrates God’s re-creative, redemptive love using four components:
Now you can experience the delight of the Sabbath as you never have before―a day in which you receive and extend reconciliation, peace, abundance, and joy.
The Ancient Practices
There is a hunger in every human heart for connection, primitive and raw, to God. To satisfy it, many are beginning to explore traditional spiritual disciplines used for centuries . . . everything from fixed-hour prayer to fasting to sincere observance of the Sabbath. Compelling and readable, the Ancient Practices series is for every spiritual sojourner, for every Christian seeker who wants more.
This is one of the most detailed books on Amillennialism. Sam Storms covers a variety of topics, including a discussion of Daniel, Revelation, the Olivet Discourse, and the multiple millennial views. This is not an introduction, but an in-depth study. It might also be good a read for individual chapters, even if you don’t read the whole thing.
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The quickest and easiest read of all the books recommended in the area of Rhythm, Rest, Sabbath. Buchanan has a very easy style in this book yet it is still informative and challenging. The best first step into this area.
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This is one of the must-read books among Frontline Leadership. Bruce Miller does a great job showing the goal for us is not living a balanced life. A balanced life is not found in human experience or in Scripture. Instead, we need to embrace a life of rhythm. If you are under stress or want to grow in not living such a hectic life, this is a must read.
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The Discipline of Grace offers a clear and thorough explanation of the gospel and what it means to be a believer. Jerry Bridges has lots of helpful tools on preaching the gospel to yourself scattered across this book.
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