The current book that I am reviewing is Sabbath by Dan B. Allender published by Thomas Nelson. This book is part of The Ancient Practice Series that is "for every Christian seeker who wants more" (quoted from back cover of book). I chose this book to review because I wanted to get the history of this day and how it was and should be celebrated each week.
I was sorely disappointed when I was reading this book. Even though the series is the Ancient Practice Series, Allender never touches on anything ancient that is practiced on the Sabbath. He didn’t actually pinpoint much of anything down.
Allender talks about Sabbath Play and in those three chapters, I had a hard time remembering that we were talking about the Sabbath. I have the feeling that Allender celebrates the Sabbath any way that he wants, and then wrote a book about it to make it seem right. But he confuses me several times.
One certain point that he kept bringing up was Exodus 5:12-15, which is the fourth commandment explaining the Sabbath. But then he goes on to say that we don’t need to be resting on the Sabbath. Well, doesn’t the commandment say we are not to work? How can this be? Well, Allender goes ahead and explains it for us. It is because work is different than labor.
This is not a book that I would recommend to other readers unless they wanted to be more confused than when they started.
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