The Rest Of God Paperback – Mar 11 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
In his fourth book, Christian pastor Buchanan delves into the concept of the Sabbath, by which he means both a day and an attitude. He campaigns persuasively for readers to revive the Sabbath as a refuge from our pervasive and spiritually destructive culture of busyness. Buchanan's prose is fresh and immediate, earnest and self-effacing at the same time. Each chapter is peppered with vivid stories from his own childhood and ministries as well as insightful retellings of biblical narratives. Each chapter also ends with a practicum the author calls a "Sabbath liturgy"—something to try out like choreographic notes, "not to be followed slavishly." Indeed, these invitations to put his ideas on living the Sabbath into action are not PowerPoint-style bulleted lists, but brief narrative passages spiced with more stories and engaging insights. The book can be taken as a whole or read piecemeal as rejuvenating brief sermons. It will aid those Christians looking to step off the hamster wheel of modern working lifestyles and find the rest of God—not just "actual physical, mental, spiritual rest, but also the rest of God—the things of God's nature and presence we miss in our busyness." (Jan. 31)
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About the Author
Mark Buchanan is a pastor, award-winning author, and father of three who lives with his wife, Cheryl, on the West Coast of Canada. Educated at the University of British Columbia and Regent College, his work has been published in numerous periodicals, including Christianity Today, Books and Culture, Leadership Journal, and Discipleship Magazine. He is the author of six books: Your God Is Too Safe, Things Unseen, The Holy Wild, The Rest of God, Hidden in Plain Sight, and Spiritual Rhythm.
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What was particularly eye opening to me was Mark Buchanan's description of work. The early chapters paint a picture of work as necessarily flawed because of the world's distance from God plan and design. Originally even work was once meant to be restful and filling. Work done with care, gratitude and excellence can be an act of praise in and of itself.
Mark Buchanan also shares an interesting idea about physical rest in the form of sleep. Sleep, he explains, is an ultimate act of vulnerability and trust. We can only push through for so long before we have to sleep. Buchanan suggests a better way is to willingly enter into rest, into sleep as an admission of our need for refreshing from the God who designed our physical bodies to need sleep.
I have and will continue to recommend this book to family and friends who are seeking a better rhythm than that of relentless pursuit followed by an inevitable crash.
And also noteworthy is that the Rest of God is definitely rooted in Scripture, and is complimented by Mark's life experience and personal struggle with rest and work.
I highly recommend this book to anybody, but especially those who are feeling worn out and whose relationships with God and others are perhaps threadbare.
Most recent customer reviews
I am still half way through but learning a lot in the process!Published 7 months ago by Neil Zagala
Mark, you nailed it. This is exactly what I needed. Every chapter cut to my heart. It was refreshing and yet painful. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Oldbrotherdave
Mark Buchanan always satisfies. His insights always bless! His writing is a highlight every time!Published 19 months ago by andrew maves