Coming October 1st, 2017 from Upper Room Books: For Sabbath’s Sake is a book that seeks to reinvigorate your practice of sabbath. From resting, worshiping, and participating in your community, J. Dana Trent explores the purpose and spirit of sabbath in ways both ancient and modern.
Be the first to get it! Pre-order your copy here.
Need to begin or renew a sabbath practice? Start here:
- What Keeps You From Sabbath?
- Talking Through Sabbath Obstacles
- Help in Lack of Sabbath
- Prayer for Sabbath Rest
- Prayer to Keep Time Holy
- Sabbath Writing Exercise
- Making a Sabbath Gratitude List
- How to Observe Sabbath Quiet Time
- Creating Sabbath Space
- Questions About Sabbath Practices
- How Do You Feel When You Observe Sabbath?
- Encouraging Others to Observe Sabbath
What People are Saying About For Sabbath’s Sake:
“Dana Trent knows something about you: you’re working too hard, multitasking too fervently, and not giving your soul a rest. She has a prescription for you, and it’s a good one, and on top of that, she’s a delightful writer. So get this book and slow down long enough to read it. You’ll be better off on many levels.”
—Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration
“To keep sabbath with our Creator is to learn to imagine the peace and justice that is possible when we work in God’s way. I’m grateful to my sister Dana for pointing us toward this practice that is essential to a prophetic imagination.”
—Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Reconstructing the Gospel
“What a winsome narrator! What sprightly prose! Part memoir, part cultural critique, part historical deep dive, this book will edify you and inspire your own sabbath practice—and will thereby provoke your intimacy with the God whose creation and rest the sabbath hallows.”
“Dana Trent’s book is a friendly companion for anyone interested in delving into the simple but not easy practice of sabbath. She blends scripture, theology, and personal narrative with a keen eye toward the challenges of finding a savoring pace in a culture of ‘crazy busy.'”
—MaryAnn McKibben Dana, author of Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time
“We take pride in being busy, even wearing it like a badge of honor. Meanwhile, a gift continues to be offered, an invitation to step away and allow ourselves to enter the fold of sabbath. In For Sabbath’s Sake, J. Dana Trent not only places the gift of sabbath before us through scripture and personal witness, she also offers concrete examples on how to allow the sabbath to hold us and transform us. If you’re tempted to believe you don’t have time for this book, then its lessons might be what you most need for this season of life.”
—Donna Claycomb Sokol, pastor of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Washington, DC, and co-author of A New Day in the City
“Dana Trent has one message for those in the church who say, “I’m too busy for sabbath keeping”: your busyness means you need it even more! For Sabbath’s Sake is a spiritual jolt back into learning what it means to set aside time for rest in the age of an ever-beeping smart phone and exploding calendar. It’s just the book every congregation needs to study together for a reminder of our identity as sabbath people.”
—Elizabeth Hagan, Baptist pastor and author of Birthed: Finding Grace Through Infertility
“Many of us hunger for rest and restoration. J. Dana Trent makes the eloquent and compelling case that a sabbath practice can revolutionize our lives. Her combination of self-revealing, humorous reflection on her own sabbath habits and insightful analysis of the historical, religious, and spiritual meaning of sabbath create a helpful and challenging guide to the reader. She addresses the tough questions that are facing the church and our broader culture today, and reminds us that the sabbath is a sanctuary and priceless gift from God.”
—Kate H. Rademacher, author of Following the Red Bird: First Steps into a Life of Faith