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Sabbath in the Suburbs A Family's Experiment with Holy Time

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A Family's Experiment with Holy Time
Sabbath in the Suburbs

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"Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy." Yeah, right. Sabbath-keeping seems quaint in our 24/7, twenty-first century world. Life often feels impossibly full, what with work, to-do lists, kid activities, chores, and errands. And laundry… always and forever laundry. 

But the Sabbath isn't just one of the ten commandments; it is a delight that can transform the other six days of the week. Join one family's quest to take Sabbath to heart and change their frenetic way of living by keeping a Sabbath day each week for one year. With lively and compelling prose, MaryAnn McKibben Dana documents their experiment with holy time as a guide for families of all shapes and sizes. Tips are included in each chapter to help make your own Sabbath experiment successful. 

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: IC235212
Dimensions: 8.4" x 5.4"
Length: 157 pages
Chalice Press
ISBN: 9780827235212
1-2 copies $18.00 each
3-5 copies $17.00 each
6+ copies $16.00 each
Written by Maryann McKibben-Dana


Dana, a Presbyterian pastor, brings a fresh voice and energy to the familiar topic of time management as understood by people who would describe themselves as either religious or spiritual but not religious: Sabbath-keeping. She writes from a perspective that many can relate to, that of a suburban mother of three who works part-time. Bringing the gift of self-awareness and irony, Dana notes that a four-minute difference in school bus rides ought not to prompt a letter-writing campaign from anxious parents. She also brings theological awareness of the historical practice and meaning of Sabbath-keeping. Dana writes in a distinct voice about making a traditional religious practice meaningful to contemporary families.
Publishers Weekly, September 3, 2012, issue
This accessible, realistic book combines narrative and reflection. Written by a young Presbyterian pastor who is the mother of three young children (ages three, five, and seven), it chronicles a year-long quest for a different relationship with time. Along the way, MaryAnn Dana not only learns to see life through the eyes and minds of her children, but also finds her own inner stillness and calm.....There is one chapter for each month of the year. Dana discovers that the months present thematic foci such as letting things be, delight, balance, or slowness. In the final month (August), she looks back and realizes that the year has been an adventure in freedom, and that freedom is gained in setting limits. She learns that Sabbath does not just happen: limits must be set, compromises made, and missteps forgiven. Deeper than rest days and more than a mindset, Sabbath becomes an ongoing force in life that fosters perspective and clarity..... Given the ages of her children, Dana admits that things will change as her children grow older. I hope there will be a sequel as she experiences the teen years, and I wish this book had been available when I was raising my own children.
Joanne Staebler, Interpretation, October 2014


MaryAnn McKibben Dana is a frequent retreat and workshop leader and has written for a variety of books and publications, including her website, The Blue Room. She served as a congregational pastor for 12 years. She and her husband Robert Dana have three children.