The Upper Room Staff Reading

July 1, 2018 by The staff of The Upper Room (Nashville, Tennessee)

We are reading together. The staff of The Upper Room are encouraged to read and join a discussion on an Upper Room Book pick of the month. On July 17, Robin Pippin, the editorial director of The Upper Room Center for Christian Spiritual Formation will lead staff in a conversation about For Sabbath's Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community by J. Dana Trent.

Want to know more about the editor’s pick of the month from Upper Room Books?

Discover For Sabbath's Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship and Community by J. Dana Trent and read with us.

ABOUT THE BOOK:In our culture of constant busyness, most of us feel like we're never caught up. The lines between home and work have blurred as we stay tethered to our mobile devices and computers. Many people use weekends to catch up on errands and other work that doesn't get done during the week. God's commandment to "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy" seems like a relic from a simpler time.

Many Americans balk at the idea of setting aside a whole day for worship, rest, and time with those who matter most to them. Yet we long for more time to spend on what matters most—unrushed time to rest, reconnect with friends and loved ones, and deepen our relationship with God.

An ancient spiritual practice exists that can help restore balance to our lives: the practice of keeping sabbath. But how exactly do we manage to build time for sabbath into our busy lives? Dana Trent explores this question in For Sabbath's Sake.

With humor and honesty, Trent reveals her own struggles with setting apart a day devoted to God, rest, and community. This book traces the rich history of sabbath, helps you find ways to overcome barriers to this spiritual practice, and suggests achievable ways to build sabbath into your life.


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