Sabbath as Resistance

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 2014 - Religion - 108 pages
Discussions about the Sabbath often center around moralistic laws and arguments over whether a person should be able to play cards or purchase liquor on Sundays. In this volume, popular author Walter Brueggemann writes that the Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Importantly, Brueggemann speaks to a 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. Keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. Brueggemann offers a transformative vision of the wholeness God intends, giving world-weary Christians a glimpse of a more fulfilling and simpler life through Sabbath observance.

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Part homage to Rabbi Heschel's book on Sabbath.. Brueggeman discusses Sabbath through both the Hebrew Bible and our own cultural moment. As always, he is insightful and forceful. I ponder this, for ... Read full review

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This was the book we were reading for Advent at my church, but I left for winter break and had to finish on my own, so obviously it got pushed back in favor of holiday romance short stories and new ... Read full review

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Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he is the author of dozens of books, including Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now, A Gospel of Hope, and Interrupting Silence: God's Command to Speak Out.

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