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Dan B. Allender’s Sabbath, reviewed by Lisa R. Ward

Allender not only illustrates the possibilities of a wondrous experience with God on the Sabbath, but he also writes to the hindrances in part two of his monograph. The western reader can certainly see oneself in these descriptions in which Allender chooses to highlight. He rightly points to the perils that afflict relationships; such as, division, superficiality, materialism, and discouragement. Although, he does not leave the reader in despair, but offers fruitful solutions derived within a Sabbath of reconciliation and hope. This section pointedly marks the practicality of the Sabbath as it relates to community and healing.

Allender opens new dimensions in which one can explore an encounter with God in fulfillment of the Sabbath commandment. He puts it best in his depiction of the four Sabbath pillars. He describes the Sabbath as experiencing “sensual glory” within a time that is dedicated as holy and coming to the “communal feast” to enjoy a “day of play” with the creator of the universe! (35). Instead of looking at the Sabbath as a set of rules to follow, Allender presents this time as entering into various creative ways of delight. After all, God did not rest because he needed rest, as if he were tired; but rather, God rested to delight in his creation. Allender artfully demonstrates ways in which humanity can imitate God’s way of delight.

Reviewed by Lisa R. Ward

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About the Author: Lisa R. Ward, M.B.L., M.P.T., MMGT (Oral Roberts University), is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Renewal Studies, specializing in biblical studies, at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. As a nurse and teacher, she is involved with her faith community to establish churches, orphanages, medical clinics, and leadership training centers for pastors in East Africa.

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