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Sabbath Reading List

Reading ListWe’ve put together the following list of quotes and further reading resources for your continued study and experience with Sabbath-keeping. We hope you’d consider reading at least one of the following books and growing in your understanding of what it means to practice the Sabbath in your life.

Notable Quotes on the Sabbath

(From the Territorial Sabbath-Keeping Task Force)

“[B]ecause as nature cries out that there is a God so nature is also crying out that you need to spend time with Him.” – Major Raphael Jackson

Salvationist leaders should not heap activity or responsibility on those in the home, work or corps. We must model for those under our influence the need for the rhythm of worship, rest and delight.” – Major Lauren Hodgson, paraphrasing the founder, General William Booth. (“LXXXVII. – The Sabbath.” The Field Officer, November 1901: 517-520.)

Security and harmony are found in the Sabbath Day when we relinquish the illusion of control of image, control of appointment and control of others to the control of the Almighty.” – Major Larry Ashcraft (From other writings on Sabbath-Keeping)

God’s rest on the Sabbath day did not amount to a pulling back but rather a deep sympathy, harmony and celebration with all that was there. In so delighting in the splendor of creation, God invites creatures to bask in the glory of the divine life.” – Norman Wirzba, Living in the Sabbath: Discovering Rhythms of Rest and Delight

This call to embrace a virtuous life in the hurly-burly of the daily grind follows hard on the primary promise, ‘The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Major Bruce Powers, Can You Remember a Sabbath? (The Officer, August 2000)

In keeping the Sabbath holy, we enter in to a space and time of openness to God, the kind of time we experience when we enter a house of prayer.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man.


Sabbath Recommended Reading List:

Booth, W. (1901, November). LXXXVII. – The Sabbath. The Field Officer , pp. 517-520.

Parachin, V. (2010, November 20). Give It A Rest – Reclaiming the Sabbath for Modern Times. The War Cry , pp. 18-19.

Powers, M. B. (2000, August). Can You Remember a Sabbath? The Officer , pp. 18-20.

Emilie Griffin, Wilderness Time (New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 1997).

Susan S. Phillips, Stop in the Name of Love: The Radical Practice of Sabbath Keeping. Crux Fall, 2011 vol. 47, no.3

Wayne Muller, Sabbath (New York: Bantam, 1999), p. 1.

Barbara Brown Taylor, “Divine Subtraction,” The Christian Century, Nov. 3, 1999. Available online at

Norman Wirzba, Living in the Sabbath: discovering the rhythms of rest and delight (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2006)

Eugene H. Peterson, Working the Angles (Grand Rapids: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1987), 73.

Keith Drury, With Unveiled Faces (Indianapolis, Indiana: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2005).

Lauren Winner, Mudhouse Sabbath (Brewster, Miss.: Paraclete, 2003), pp. 3-4.

Marva J. Dawn, Keeping the Sabbath Wholly (Grand Rapids, MI.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989).

Priscilla Shirer, Breathe (Nashville, TN.: LifeWay Press, 2014).

Richard A. Swenson, Margin/The Overload Syndrome (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1998), 125.

Ruth Haley Barton, Sacred Rhythms (Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press, 2006).

Ruth Haley Barton, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press, 2008).

Tracey R. Rich, “Shabbat,” Judaism 101. Available online:

Walter Brueggemann, Sabbath as Resistance: saying no to the culture of now (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014) p. 67

James A. Boland, Should we keep the Sabbath? Christian Research Journal, vol. 26, no. 2 (2003)

Tim Keller, “Wisdom and Sabbath Rest” <>

Dana Townsend, “The Secret of the Sabbath” Women In Touch 2015 Australian Territory Pipeline Magazine


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