vacation reading

vacation is over.  tomorrow we go back to our non-vacation routines.  aside from our quick trip to miami, our days were spent mostly at home where the hours ran into each other and nothing significant was accomplished.  we did manage to swim and visit some sea turtles, and omar braved the heat and took the boys to the zoo.

but the rain kept us inside most days and books kept us occupied.  the boys are enjoying Saint George and the Dragon, and we’re almost done with The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  they were also introduced to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and elisha can now be heard singing “it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…” all around the house.

i continued my reading about the sabbath in the hopes of making it a more integral part of our home.  i picked up dan allender’s Sabbath at the library, and while i feel there are some good quotes and sections to pull from the book thus far, much of the book has left me wondering where in the world he’s coming from.  “but what does that mean??” was the oft repeated refrain this past week.  as one reviewer of the book noted, it seems like much of the book is a stream of consciousness ramble.  yet there are some good points.  allender focuses on how most of us view the sabbath as simply a “day off” and how that misses much of what the sabbath could and should be.  he lists a christian friend’s activities (church, lunch, errands, football, nap, reading, etc.) on a typical sunday and then notes,

My friend’s day was merely time off from work.  Eugene Peterson calls this version of a Sabbath a “bastard Sabbath.”  Weekends in America are, for many, a secular Sabbath that misses the glory of what God has called us to enjoy.  p24

“enjoyment” is an overarching theme allender pushes us to think about.  allender also notes how the sabbath takes work.  it is work to prepare for it and work to reflect on previous sabbaths in order to better prepare and enjoy the next.

The key word is intentionality.  Joy doesn’t just happen, nor is it served up on demand…Sabbath joy is part mysterious surprise preceded by much planning and preparation.  The Sabbath calls us to receive and to create with God the delight he gives and invites us to orchestrate for his glory.  It requires surrender and imagination.  p62

hopefully, as i finish the book the good quotes will start to outnumber the more bewildering passages.

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4 thoughts on “vacation reading

  1. wow. dan allender wrote a book about something other than relationships & the journey? i’ve been hankering for a read on the sabbath, as we’ve done some sabbath discussing @ church recently. lauren winner’s book “mudhouse sabbath” had one chapter that i really enjoyed. i think you can read it online & it’s the first chapter in the book, “shabbat/sabbath”.

    i’m still surprised that dan allender wrote a sabbath book.

    1. i know what you mean. every time i dramatically said, “what does this mean??” omar reminded me who i was reading. and relationships/journey language definitely comes through strongly in this.

      i love winner’s book. i go back and reread parts of it often. what did you think of the rest of the book?

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