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|Title: A Day Apart: How Jews, Christians, and Muslims Find Faith, Freedom, and Joy on the Sabbath|
By: Christopher D. Ringwald
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.12 (inches)|
Weight: 15 ounces
Stock No: WW537019
present, weaving together the stories of three families, three religions and three thousand years of history.
A Day Apart is the first book to examine the Sabbath in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A marvelously readable book, it describes the three weekly holy days--the Muslim Juma on Friday, the Jewish Shabbat on Saturday and the Christian Lord's Day on Sunday--and introduces us to three families,
including Ringwald's own, and shows how they observe the holy day and what it means to them. The heart of the book recounts the history of the Sabbath, ranging from the Creation story and Moses on Mount Sinai to the teachings of Jesus and Muhammad, the impact of the Protestant Reformation and the
Industrial Revolution, and the rise of the modern weekend. Ringwald shows that the Sabbath instinct, to observe a special day of withdrawal and repose, is universal. Indeed, all religions and philosophies teach that life is more than toil, that time should be set aside for contemplation, enjoyment
In today's frantic 24/7 world, the Sabbath--a day devoted to rest and contemplation--has never been more necessary. A Day Apart offers a portrait of a truly timeless way to escape the everyday world and add meaning to our lives.
"I can not recall reading anything on the three faiths that so deftly engages them in robust conversation. Amazingly learned, Ringwald nonetheless has a light, friendly touch. The warmth of his soul is unmistakable."
Christopher D. Ringwald is the author of The Soul of Recovery and a journalist who has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Commonweal and National Catholic Reporter. He directs the Faith and Society Project at The Sage Colleges, in Albany, New York, where he lives with his
wife, film critic Amy Biancolli, and their children.
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