Dan B. Allender, Pllc, Author, Phyllis Tickle, Foreword by . Thomas Nelson $17.99 (208p) ISBN 978-0-8499-0107-2

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, the often convoluted and confusing prose makes it a bit of a slog. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 12/15/2008
Release date: 02/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
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