The Sense of the Call: A Sabbath Way of Life for Those Who Serve God, the Church, and the World

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Feb 21, 2006 - Religion - 315 pages
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Why is it so hard to serve God these days? Church workers suffer from low morale, while Christians of all stripes struggle to find their way in a culture fixated on sexuality, violence, and wealth. In Keeping the Sabbath Wholly (1989) Marva Dawn introduced the vital Sabbath aspects of resting, ceasing, feasting, and embracing. Now, in The Sense of the Call, she expands these into a way of life for serving God and the Kingdom every single day of the week.

A Sabbath way of life, Dawn asserts, consists of resting in the Kingdom's grace, ceasing by grace those attitudes and actions that hinder the Kingdom, feasting so as to radiate the grace-full splendor of the Kingdom, and embracing the Kingdom's gracious purposes. To this end Dawn teaches skills such as learning to rest in prayer, saying no to busyness, enjoying one's body as God's temple, and embracing the cost of living as a Christian disciple.

Both frank and compassionate, The Sense of the Call will guide Christian servants into a more restful, joy-full life of trust in God.

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Review: The Sense of the Call: A Sabbath Way of Life for Those Who Serve God, the Church, and the World

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This was a fantastic book on ministry work. Dealt well with the issue of avoiding burnout through Sabbath rest and allowing God to lead you rather than trying to take on everything. Read full review

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User Review  - Robin Seyfert - Goodreads

Really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to others. It's very practical and I know I need to read it again and again. Read full review

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The Courage to Be Gods Servant
Keeping the Sabbath Wholly as a Restful Manner of Life
The Intimate Conversation Prayer as Learning to Rest in Grace
Freedom to Say No And Therefore Yes Learning to Cease Our Busyness
The Principalities and Powers Learning to Cease Listening to the World
The Body Is a Temple Enjoying the Feast of Self
The Exhilaration of Community Learning to Feast as a Sabbath Congregation
Equipping the Saints Embracing the Communitys Mission
Joy in Our Weakness Embracing the Cost of Discipleship
Conducting the Symphony Embracing Our Role as Leaders in the Church and the World
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About the author (2006)

Marva J. Dawn is a theologian, author, musician, and educator with Christians Equipped for Ministry, Vancouver, Washington, and Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College. A scholar with four masters degrees and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and the Scriptures from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Dawn has spoken for clergy and worship conferences and seminaries throughout North America and in Madagascar and in Eastern and Western Europe. She has written many books, most of which are published by Eerdmans.

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