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Rest, renewal, and delight

When I asked myself why it had taken me three years to open my copy of Sabbath, my answer was honest but hardly what author Wayne Muller would have wanted to hear. "Far too busy" sounded weak in the face of the subtitle right there on the cover of the paperback edition, "Finding rest, renewal, and delight in our busy lives." For those were precisely my rewards when I finally got around to reading the book.

Muller, an ordained minister and founder of Bread for the Journey (a small nonprofit charity to support the needs of people and communities), draws his title from one of the Ten Commandments, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Ex. 20:8). "Sabbath time," he says, "can be a revolutionary challenge to the violence of overwork, mindless accumulation, and the endless multiplication of desires, responsibilities, and accomplishments."

No curse to reverse
November 10, 2003

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