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Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives [Paperback]

Wayne Muller
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Sept. 5 2000
In today's world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. We long for time with friends and family, we long for a moment to ourselves.

Millennia ago, the tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor. Now, in a book that can heal our harried lives, Wayne Muller, author of the spiritual classic How, Then, Shall We Live?, shows us how to create a special time of rest, delight, and renewal--a refuge for our souls.

We need not even schedule an entire day each week. Sabbath time can be a Sabbath afternoon, a Sabbath hour, a Sabbath walk. With wonderful stories, poems, and suggestions for practice, Muller teaches us how we can use this time of sacred rest to refresh our bodies and minds, restore our creativity, and regain our birthright of inner happiness.

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It's sad that we need a book to remind us of the importance of scheduling time to rest and worship. But because we can work, shop, achieve, and otherwise stay busy every hour of every day of the week, we do. The statement, "I am so busy" has become a frighteningly common lament, according to author Wayne Muller. Our perpetual state of busyness represents a war on our natural rhythms that demand quiet and renewal in order to be emotionally, spiritually, and creatively fertile.

Honoring the Sabbath need not be a commitment to a specific day of the week, explains Muller. In fact, it can be a yearlong retreat or a morning walk--"anything that preserves a visceral experience of life-giving nourishment and rest."

Far more than an interesting concept, this is a good read. Each chapter is provocative and fluid, with topics such as "Fear of Rest," "Dormancy," and "The Way of Enough." At the end of his chapters, Muller offers stories, poems, or practices that speak to the themes of the Sabbath. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Taking the Jewish Sabbath tradition as his starting point, Muller (How, Then, Shall We Live?) uncovers the basic pattern of all living things to follow a rhythm of exertion and rest. Human beings are not exempt from the physical need for rest, and it is the author's contention that we have a deep spiritual need to regularly experience joy and to rest from our labors. Although he explicates from the Sabbath, Muller, an ordained minister, is not Jewish; he is merely appreciative of the Jewish tradition. In treating his subject, he touches on the ways in which many faithsAincluding Christianity, Islam and BuddhismAalso encourage a rhythm of work and rest. Muller does not limit Sabbath practice to a seven-day pattern but encourages his readers to create their own uniquely suitable Sabbath practicesAdaily, weekly or according to some other pattern. Each chapter ends with a couple of brief tales that exemplify an aspect of sacred rest, followed by practical suggestions for integrating a Sabbath spirit into daily life. Muller's insights are applicable within a broad spectrum of faiths and will appeal to a wide range of readers, from the eclectically spiritual to those practicing Judaism or professing Christianity.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars SABBATH INTACT Nov. 12 2013
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THE SABBATH BOOK REFLECTS MAJOR AVENUES OF PRAYER DIRECTIVES, HAS INSIGHTFUL AND HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS. I RECOMMEND THE BOOK TO ANY AND ALL WHO MAY BE SEEKING OUT A BOOK THAT MAY AID IN THEIR QUEST OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION AND DESTINATION OF A HIGHER REALM. THE WRITING IS EASY ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND THE PRINT SIZE IS A DESIREABLE FONT, BOOK SIZE IS EASY ENOUGH TO PUT IN A POCKET. THE WRITER HAS A GLIMSP INTO THE HOLY SPACE THAT CAN BE ATTAINED BY ANY WHO TRULY SEEK IT OUT. A COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED TO PUT THE INFORMATION HELD UPON ITS PAGES INTO A PRACTICE. IT IS WORTH MORE THAN A SINGLE READING. CAN BE USED FOR GROUP STUDY OR PRODUCTIVE INDIVDUAL IMPROVMENT OF BEING. THE COVER HAD ME INTRIGUED WITH THE ROAD THAT AWAITS MY PRESENCE UPON IT. GO FORTH AND TRAVEL LIGHT AND WITH CONVICTION.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing July 6 2013
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I read this book while on a spiritual, mental, emotional and physical sabbatical. It is the best book I have read in years... a life changer for me! I plan on coming back to it again, and again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finding peace in these troubled times . . . Sept. 27 2001
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Finding rest renewal and delight in our busy lives. This is a wonderful little volume that now starts my day off in a very peaceful and contemplative way.
I took my time with this book. I savored each morning as I read only one of the "meditations" to start my day and then tried to remember and think about the meditation during the day some time. The Sabbath practices are doable in our every day lives and picking one or two will definitely add a new dimension to your day. And in light of the recent tragedies on our country, we could all use a little peace and Sabbath in our lives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A helpful perspective on God's gift of rest July 30 2001
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This easy-to-read book contains short chapters of a devotional nature, each ending with an "exercise" to help find or restore a sense of "Sabbath rest." Rather than a legalistic view to observing the Sabbath, he presents a convincing argument for applying the principles of rest into our daily lives. At times Muller seems a bit pluralistic, equating Buddhist teachings with Biblical teachings, but overall he writes in a clear, helpful style that inspires one to develop a "Sabbath sense" to one's daily week.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sabbath Was Made For Man July 6 2004
Format:Hardcover
This book is a good introduction to rest for anyone interested in it, yet it leaves the decision up to the reader as to which day one is to keep as a rest day.
Is the Sabbath rest command subject to arbitrary decision making leaving it up to the individual to decide which day is to be kept?
When Jesus spoke to his disciples he said that the Sabbath was made for man. Now there are some who may argue that the Saturday Sabbath was for the Jewish people only because he was talking with Jews at the time, yet, Jesus, you know, the God or Yahweh of the Old Testament gave the Sabbath to the Israelites, 12 tribes not just to Judah (with Benjamin and Levi, the Jews today.)
Also, the scripture stated that man was to keep 'THE' Sabbath day holy not 'A' Sabbath day.
However, this book introduces the topic. Yet is the day for our pleasure or for God's? Although man was not created for the Sabbath to be it's slave, the Sabbath or 'THE' seventh day was created for mankind or made at the time of creation for all to keep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delight April 8 2004
By CJ
Format:Paperback
I first read this book shortly after it was published and have used its gentle wisdom many times since. This year in my church we have encouraged members of our congregation to read it and the results have been very good. Most people find that it gives them a deep sense of the meaning of Sabbath and a resolve to make some changes in their own experience of Sabbath as a day of est and renewal. I highly recommend it for personal reading or for a book club.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A life-transforming book March 21 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is marvelous! As a psychologist, I've read a lot of wellness-oriented books, but this one truly makes one stop and look at life and what's important. It's just the message we all need in these difficult times, when it's so tough to find the balance everyone needs. After reading it, I wanted to give it to my family, friends, coworkers and patients. Each chapter has valuable insights. Muller also reaches across religious and secular sources to craft a spiritual book that does not necessarily reflect the views of any particular faith, but embraces them all. This book is truly a gift for yourself or others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Challenge to the Gospel of 24/7 Jan. 13 2001
By Mary J
Format:Paperback
I don't know anyone who is too poor to afford the basic necessities, like food and clothes, but I do know many who are starved for downtime -- time for rest, reflection, and quiet. Once the Sabbath was viewed as a restriction -- now it sounds like an incredible, even unreachable, luxury. What happened? How did we come to confuse busyness with importance or significance? Wayne Muller's words (I have the audio edition) challenge and encourage. Make time for Sabbath! Life's too short to hurry through.
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