For the next several days, as we celebrate the launch of Sabbath in the Suburbs, I’ll be sharing short excerpts from the book to give you a taste of what’s there. Today’s excerpt comes from “A Note to the Reader” in the front of the book:
Our Sabbath project grew out of a desire… to see what would happen if, on one day out of seven, we stopped working, striving, and hurrying. The result of this experience was clarifying, expansive, and freeing. It was also annoying, difficult, and odd. Our house was a perpetual wreck. We fell behind on work and domestic tasks. Our day-long togetherness sometimes drove us crazy.
Yet we wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.
This book is for anyone who wants to learn to live at a savoring pace, especially in the company of family and loved ones. It’s for parents who look around at the arms race of activities, sports, enrich- ment, and homework, and who feel a sense of unease amid all the good intentions and hard work. It’s for people like a friend of mine, who looked up one day and noticed that it had been four months since her family had a day without anything on the calendar.
This book is for committed Christians, for whom Sabbath is a familiar concept, though perhaps not practiced much anymore. It’s also for folks who grew up Christian but who no longer adhere to that faith, for people of other religious traditions, and for those who are suspicious of religion altogether. Though I write from a Christian perspective, I meet people every day from all walks of life who sense something dysfunctional about the pace at which many of us live. The longing to slow down, take stock, and experience delight transcends spiritual boundaries.