Embracing Rhythms of WORK and REST: From Sabbath to Sabbatical and Back Again

Reviewed by:

Julie-Allyson Ieron, author/Bible teacher/worship minister



Embracing Rhythms of WORK and REST: From Sabbath to Sabbatical and Back Again


Ruth Haley Barton


InterVarsity Press

http://InterVarsity Press

Publication date:

October 11, 2022


Trade hardcover or ebook


248 pp.


This is not just another spiritual disciplines primer, it’s a practical, vulnerable journey into keeping the Sabbath. Barton, who holds a Doctor of Divinity degree from Northern Seminary, says Sabbath is a gift God designed for the body of Christ, not just the ancient Israelites. She challenges each reader to fall in love with Sabbath and to work diligently to prepare and celebrate a consistent, intentional weekly day of rest.

Additionally, she recommends celebrating in community, with family and with a church family, because community helps us withstand interruptions that would derail our best intentions. Added value items include a Sabbath worksheet, a section on sabbaticals, recommendations on setting boundaries, journaling prompts, and a conversation guide suitable for groups.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Believers in Christ, from teen and adult, who have a passion to please our Creator with our use of the limited time and resources He has gifted to us.

Christian Impact:

Don’t read this book unless you’re open to applying its practical challenge of keeping God’s commanded Sabbath as part of your harried, 21st-century lifestyle.


Embracing Rhythms of Work and Rest: From Sabbath to Sabbatical and Back Again




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