"I have read a lot about Sabbath and time issues, and much on food and agriculture issues as well, but nowhere have I encountered such a rich and promising connection between the two.... [Wirzba] opens real possibilities for living in a way that honors and embodies rest, remembering, refocusing and thanksgiving."--Arthur Paul Boers, Christian Century
Our traditional understanding of Sabbath observance is resting from our otherwise harried lives one day a week. But in Living the Sabbath, Norman Wirzba leads us deeper into the heart of Sabbath with a holistic and rewarding interpretation of what true Sabbath-keeping can mean in our lives today. Wirzba teaches that Sabbath is ultimately about delight in the goodness that God has made--in everything we do, every day of the week. He then shows how this understanding of Sabbath teaching has the potential to elevate all our activities so that they bring honor to God and delight to the world. With practical examples, Wirzba unpacks what that means for our work, our homes, our economy, our schools, our treatment of creation, and our churches. In doing so, he examines everything from the way chickens are treated in our food industry to the value of family mealtime.
In the end, you will be equipped with a deeper theological understanding of Sabbath, as well as down-to-earth ways to live it out in your daily life. This book will appeal to clergy and laypeople alike who are seeking ways to discover the transformative power of Sabbath.
From the foreword:
The requirement of Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest the world continues without our help. It invites us to find delight in the world's beauty and abundance. (Thank God for cheap recreation!) Now, in our pandemonium, it may be asking us also to consider that if we choose not to honor it and care well for it, the world will continue in our absence.
The life of this world is by no means simple or comprehensible to us humans. It involves darkness and suffering;it confronts us daily with mystery and our ignorance. But the idea of the Sabbath passes through it as a vein of light, reminding us of the inherent sanctity of the world and our life, and of the transformative sanity of admiration, gratitude, and care. Norman Wirzba's book asks what kind of human life it takes to include the Sabbath. It is high time somebody asked. As this book shows, what is implied is a set of answers dangerous to ignore.