The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath


By Mark Buchanan

Most of us feel utterly ransacked. We are waylaid by endless demands and stifling routines. Even our vacations have a panicky, task-like edge to them. “If I only had more time,” is the mantra of our age. But is this the real problem?

Mark Buchanan believes that what we’ve really lost is the rest of God—the rest God bestows and, with it, that part of himself we can know only through stillness. The gift of Sabbath is essential to our full humanity and faith. God, knowing that, and knowing how easily we might neglect it, made it a command. We’ve neglected it anyhow. We’ve lost the rest of God.

This book seeks to change that – to help us receive anew the gift of Sabbath, this day of rest and play and replenishment. Sabbath allows us to live more fully into our status as free people, people released from the gruelling, incessant demands of taskmasters. And in the sweet shadow of Sabbath, we anticipate the ultimate rest – heaven.

***If you’d like to hear about the profound impact this book had on a member of our team here at Ffald y Brenin, you can read Michelle’s personal story here.

Mark Buchanan is a professor and author of several books, including Your God is Too Safe and Spiritual Rhythm. He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Cochrane, Alberta. He regularly contributes to the Leadership Journal and Christianity Today.

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"It seems very unsabbath-like to describe a book about Sabbath with the adverb 'urgently,' but we urgently need this book. Marck Buchanan whos us that our busyness is killing us – killing us – and that Sabbath is our best cure, our best path for rest and reverence and discipleship.
–Lauren Winner, Best selling author of Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath

"Mark Buchanan's writing always leaves me moved, stimulated, and convicted. I find myself mulling it over days later and wishing for more."
– Philip Yancey, Best-selling author

"For too long now debates over how to observe the Lord's Day have lacked two things: spirit and imagination. Mark Buchanan restores both in this delightfully inspiring book."
– Charles Colson, Founder of Prison Fellowship

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Weight0.300 kg
Dimensions21.5 × 14.0 × 1.5 cm