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In our frenetic, achievement-oriented world, we sometimes must come apart before we fall apart. A.J. Swoboda, in Subversive Sabbath, argues that our lives are more enriched and joyous when we establish a Sabbath rhythm that determines how we handle time, work, health, relationships, creation, worship, and the demands of overall discipleship.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Brazos Press
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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This book pioneers a creative path to an alternative way of existing. Combining creative storytelling, pastoral sensitivity, practical insight, and relevant academic research, Subversive Sabbath offers a unique invitation to personal Sabbath-keeping that leads to fuller and more joyful lives. A. J. Swoboda demonstrates that Sabbath is both a spiritual discipline and a form of social justice, connects Sabbath-keeping to local communities, and explains how God may actually do more when we do less. He shows that the biblical practice of Sabbath-keeping is God's plan for the restoration and healing of all creation. The book includes a foreword by Matthew Sleeth.
Morris Dirks5 Stars Out Of 5Fresh Thoughts on SabbathMarch 1, 2018Morris DirksQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have read numerous books about on Sabbath, solitude and rest. When I picked up Subversive Sabbath I wondered if Dr. Swaboda would have anything new to offer. He did! Chapter after chapter exposed me to fresh thoughts and personal challenges. His grasp of the Sabbath biblically, historically, and culturally were researched and presented in a very accessible manner. This is a book that every Christian should read. This is a book that EVERY pastor should process because we need to be communicating these truths to our people. Subversive Sabbath will give you fresh thoughts and a new challenge toward sabbathing well.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Academic theological argumeent for keeping SabbathFebruary 18, 2018bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Most Christians don't give much thought to keeping Sabbath. It is one of the Ten Commandments. We certainly would not kill or covet, but keep the Sabbath? Swoboda reminds us it is a gift from God. Receiving a gift is one thing but knowing how to use it properly is something else.
I am impressed with Swoboda's heart felt desire to see Christians keep Sabbath. It is a holy time, he says, and it reminds us that all time is God's. The Sabbath rest was experienced in Eden before the Fall so it is not part of the curse. God created Adam and Eve to need a day of rest, even in their perfect state.
I appreciate the many insights in this book. Vacation is not something we find in the Bible. "Because if we kept a weekly Sabbath, we would not need vacation." (18) Swoboda doesn't even want us to think about work on our Sabbath. The prohibition of work on the Sabbath allows us to center on being rather than doing. (34)
Swoboda also writes about keeping Jubilee and how that would change society. "When the church embraces the Sabbath, our society will change." (107) Our not keeping Sabbath has an effect on creation. "Creation will simply not work the way it is created to." (126)
Swoboda's is a convincing argument. His theology is sound. I like it when I see a business closed on Sunday. Because Swoboda is a pastor, they keep Sabbath on Wednesday. Each Christian would need to determine how and when to keep Sabbath but this book gives a solid foundation and many good ideas.
Swoboda's writing style is academic. This would be a good book for pastors and teachers. I am not sure the average layman would appreciate the extensive theological discussion the book contains. There are Questions for Reflection included at the end of each chapter. This book could be used as a small group study for thinking Christians.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.