Rest, taking a day off, is something hard for many of us. It used to be stores were closed on Sunday so we had to do restful things on that day. Not any more. Now we can be busy every day. And most of us are. That's not good, says Morris. God commanded a day of rest and God's commands are good ideas. They are for our benefit.
If you have read a few other books on “sabbath,” you may well be familiar with the reasons Morris gives for a day of rest. There were two concepts in this book I'd not considered before. One was in answer to wondering how we can get everything done in six days. Morris says taking the day off is an act of faith. It is believing God will provide the exact amount of time for what needs to be done. This act of trusting God is figurative of the rest spoken of in Hebrews. Truly resting in God, we have no anxiety nor impatience.
Another aspect of the book I really liked was the section on four tanks. Morris identifies four areas of our lives we need to keep full. He includes good suggestions for restoring our spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental tanks.
Morris reminds Christians of the importance of a weekly day of rest and the more extended rest of a sabbatical. He gives good evidence for the necessity of rest, the command to rest, and the witness to the world in keeping a Sabbath. Readers who have not read other recent books on sabbath keeping will find good material here.
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My rating: 4/5 stars.
Robert Morris is the founding lead pastor of Gateway Church, a multicampus church based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 71,000 active attendees. His television program is aired in over 190 countries, and his radio program, Worship & the Word with Pastor Robert, airs in more than 1,800 radio markets across America. He serves as chancellor of The King's University and is the bestselling author of numerous books. He and his wife have three married children and nine grandchildren.
FaithWords, 224 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.