Sabbath Keeping: Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of Rest
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Six months in Iran and eighteen months in Israel, where all activity stops on every seventh day, began Lynne M. Baab's twenty-five-year embrace a rhythm of rest - as a stay-at-home mom, as a professional writer working out of her home, as a student and as a vocational minister of the gospel. With collected insights from Christian history and sabbath keepers of all ages and backgrounds, Sabbath Keeping offers a practical and hopeful guidebook for all of us to slow down and enjoy our relationship with the God of the universe.

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Title: Sabbath Keeping: Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of Rest
By: Lynne M. Baab
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 140
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 6 ounces
ISBN: 0830832580
ISBN-13: 9780830832583
Stock No: WW832580

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Let's give ourselves an A for effort.
  • We keep our minds so preoccupied with work projects that we act and think on autopilot.
  • We keep our kids so occupied with activities that they need day planners before grade school.
  • We keep our schedules so full with church meetings and housekeeping and even entertaining that down-time sounds like a mortal sin.
When we fail to rest we do more than burn ourselves out. We misunderstand the God who calls us to rest--who created us to be people of rest. Let's face it: our rest needs work. Sabbath recalls our creation, and with it God's satisfaction with us as he made us, without our hurried wrangling and harried worrying. It also recalls God's deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, and with it God's ability to do completely what we cannot complete in ourselves. Sabbath keeping reminds us that we are free to rest each week. Eighteen months in Tel Aviv, Israel, where a weekly sabbath is built into the culture, began Lynne M. Baab's twenty-five-year embrace of a rhythm of rest—as a stay-at-home mom, as a professional writer working out of her home and as a minister of the gospel. With collected insights from sabbath keepers of all ages and backgrounds, Sabbath Keeping offers a practical and hopeful guidebook that encourages all of us to slow down and enjoy our relationship with the God of the universe.

Author Bio

is author of several books, most recently and She and her husband live in Seattle.

Library Journal

Baab, a Presbyterian minister in Seattle, WA, has written a brief but heartfelt book on the advantages of Sabbath observance for Christians. She learned Sabbath observance practice in Israel more than 20 years ago, and her family has practiced Israeli-style Sabbath ever since, refraining from work. Baab finds that Sabbath, in a world from which most "blue laws" have long since disappeared, shows us "our necessity and our significance," teaching us "grace in a deep, experiential way." Many Christians and non-Christians alike, seeking reasons to find areas of respite in a nonstop world, should find illumination and help in her words. For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly

In a gentle, concise style, Baab (A Renewed Spirituality) recommends a weekly day of rest as a gift from God that teaches Christians about grace. Although rules and puritanical solemnity have tarnished Sabbath-keeping in the United States, Baab commends the practice as a balm for frazzled moderns: "The frantic pace, the exhaustion that accompanies it and the resulting emptiness call us back to a rhythm that includes stopping and resting." While Sabbath-keeping is commanded in the Bible, God intends it as a reminder of freedom and abundant life. Baab suggests that Christians customize their Sabbath: All are called to cease from work, but one person's work could be another person's play. (Baab also says the Sabbath may involve freedom from multitasking, technology, media, shopping, competition, talking and anxiety.) Also, she says, the day for the observance does not matter, as long as it is consistent. Baab covers the scriptural reasons for Sabbath observance, but the best sections of this work deal with the personal and the practical. Her account of living (and keeping the Sabbath) in Iran, Israel and the United States instructs and fascinates. One particularly helpful chapter about creating a Sabbath celebration offers tips about making the day special. Winsome, passionate and persuasive, this will convince many Christians of the continuing relevance of the Fourth Commandment. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"Rest. Delight. Are such things even possible in the 21st century? "Absolutely, believes Lynne M. Baab, author of Sabbath Keeping: Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of Rest. 'The meaning of the word Sabbath is "stop, cease, desist, pause, rest,"' she points out. 'The Sabbath is a concrete, practical, doable way to build rest into our schedules.'"
Baab weaves a compelling argument for incorporating Sabbath keeping into one?s personal life. Baab has taken a subject that could potentially be guilt-inducing and treated it with gentleness.
"Winsome, passionate and persuasive, [Sabbath Keeping] will convince many Christians of the continuing relevance of the Fourth Commandment."

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