This book takes a look at one of the oldest religious traditions: the Sabbath the day of rest. In his book, The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath, Mark Buchanan challenges us to go back to the original intent of the Sabbath, as expressed at its inception, commanded in the Torah and pointed to by Christ: a rest from one's labors, blessed by God. The Sabbath was created for man, not man for the Sabbath, Christ said, and the implications of this truth are what Buchanan examines. Buchanan is not calling for a return to blue laws and suit-and-tie Sundays, but a recognition that God calls us indeed created us to rest from our work, one day each week. Sabbath rest means recognizing God, restoring ourselves and enjoying the life he has given us.

Buchanan writes with skill and beauty, using phrases, images and stories that are a delight to read and a joy to the soul. Regardless of your background, The Rest of God is a healing treasure in a far too harried world.

A writer in Franklin, Tennessee, Howard Shirley is the author of Acts for God: 38 Dramatic Sketches for Contemporary Services, as well as Christian video and devotional materials.

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