I was given a copy of Sabbath by Dan Allendar to review for Booksneeze a few months ago. This was the second of The Ancient Practices Series books that I have read. It was also the second book by Dan Allendar that I have read (I loved To Be Told and would recommend it to anyone struggling to see their life as part of a larger picture).
This book was quite the disappointment. While I enjoyed the author’s use of story and experience to share the bird’s eye view of what the Sabbath day is intended to be, I felt that he never really got around to sharing any practical insights that would aid the reader in experiencing the Sabbath in a new way. Much of what was shared through the book pointed the reader to experience new pleasures throughout the Sabbath day, as opposed to focusing on the God who gave it to us. It seemed that the focus of the Sabbath that Mr. Allendar described was more about enjoying the created world around us and had very little to do with the God who created the world.
There was very little insight into the lives of the ancients with regard to the Sabbath day. Most of the material felt as though is was a combination of new-age or mystical experiences, with a little Jewish activity thrown in to make it biblically relevant.
I truly did not enjoy this book, and put it down several times before I finally finished it.
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