Intentional spaces of rest help quiet the mind, heart, spirit, and body. They restore and rejuvenate us. Most of all, they remind us that our humanity is a gift given to us by God.

A regular practice of Sabbath honors our limits and allows space for a deepening experience of trust in God. When we willingly release control, our inclination toward self-sufficiency is gently removed. With unclenched fists, our own striving and tending fades. As we open our hands, we entrust our lives and our world to God again each week.

Jenn Giles Kemper 

Below, you'll find an ever-growing collection of resources to help you deepen your experience of Sabbath and consider how to incorporate it into your life rhythm. Many of them were created by members of the Sacred Ordinary Days community of kindreds, and the list has been—and will continue to be—curated by our kindreds. Share your own recommendations for additional resources in the Sacred Ordinary Days Facebook group to have them added here.




Sabbath by Dan B. Allender

Sabbath Keeping: Finding Freedom in Rhythms of Rest by Lynne M. Baab

Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann

The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan

Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family's Experiment with Holy Time by Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting by Marva J. Dawn

The Sense of the Call: A Sabbath Way of Life for Those Who Serve God, the Church, and the World by Marva J. Dawn

An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest by Alan Fadling

The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel

Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World by Shelly Miller

Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller

The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time by Judith Shulevitz



    S1 | E11 : Eastertide + Sabbath with Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman on the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast

    How to Practice Sabbath with Jason Feffer on The Practice podcast


    Good Work: Work and Rest by Charles Yu at Blackhawk Church

    Holy Time

    In Pursuit of Silence

      Bowling on the Sabbath by Blaine and Sarah McCormick for The Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University

      Working on Not Working on the Sabbath by Miriam McKinney at Grow Christians 

      The Spiritual Discipline of Rest by Richella Parham at Renovaré

      What Happens on the Inhale: The Case for Rest by Emily Scott at Sit and Eat


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