Praise for Sabbath in the Suburbs

Welcome to the official website for Sabbath in the Suburbs! Book launch is September 30, although copies are already being shipped from Chalice Press. Order your copy today! (Enter code EPromo812 at checkout to save an additional 30%.)

As we countdown to the official launch, we’ll be celebrating with bookquotes, giveaways, and the Sabbath in the Suburbs discussion guide, great for book clubs or small group studies. To start off, here is some advanced praise for the book:

Sabbath In the Suburbs is the beautiful story of one family’s decision to spend a year exploring the meaning of keeping Sabbath. It is a powerful affirmation of living a life that does not just manage time, but embraces the moment. MaryAnn McKibben Dana writes with elegance, clarity and humor about the family’s search for a creative and workable Sabbath framework, while pondering the transformative and restorative quality of rest. It is a luminous reflection with deep resonance in our culture of perpetual motion.

Carrie Newcomer
Musician, Performer, and Grammy Award-winning songwriter


With this book, MaryAnn McKibben Dana has given the church a great gift:  a funny, insightful chronicle of her family’s beginnings to live into the “crusty old practice” of Sabbath-keeping. Sabbath in the Suburbs is decidedly not only for mothers of small children.  It is not only for those who live in the suburbs.  It is for anyone interested in resting with God–anyone interested in freedom–anyone interested in honestly struggling with the spiritual life.

Lauren F. Winner,
Author of Mudhouse Sabbath and Still


With sincerity and honesty, Mary Ann McKibben Dana portrays the challenging quest of living the Sabbath while seeking a faithful balance in the abundance of choices and endless demands placed upon families today.

This book is beautifully written and a joy to read from start to finish. Once I began I could not put it down. I wish I’d had this resource when I was busy raising children. I encourage all parents to have this book where it can be read and shared with other busy families seeking to “live Sabbath-ly” within the “holy scarcity” of time that is so very precious.

Kathleen Long Bostrom,
Author of 99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children


Some books negotiate the practical things of life, while others hover on a spiritual plane above the nitty-gritty details of human existence. But it is a wondrous gift when an author can lead us through realistic demands while burrowing a spiritual depth. MaryAnn McKibben Dana has the unique ability to find the mystical in the mundane, and her gift challenges us throughout the pages of Sabbath in the Suburbs.The words of this text will not only delight you, but if you take up Dana’s spiritual daring, they will make you more human.

Carol Howard Merritt
Author of Tribal Church

Order the book here.


About MaryAnn

pastor, writer, haphazard knitter
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