Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he is the author of dozens of books and several video series. Brueggemann takes a slightly different point of view on the Sabbath. Sabbath is not just about obeying rules and traditions but about maintaining yourself as a person and not be driven by our “acquisitive” world. Our 24/7 society of consumption, which drives us to achieve more, accomplish more, perform more, and possess more, to the exclusion of all else. We are incented to have the latest and newest of everything, otherwise we are not successful. Keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this endless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, each other, and life. Sabbath as Resistance offers a vision of life as God intends, giving world-weary individuals a glimpse of a more fulfilling and simpler life by keeping the Sabbath.
This new edition of "Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now" ends with a six session study guide that can be used by groups or individuals. If you would like to try to “re-take” the Sabbath Day from the “consumer focus” of the today’s world, if you would like to try to return to:…. 8 Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work.10 But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God; Exodus 20:9-10. Or if you would just like to learn more about how our current world relates to Pharaohs drive during ancient times, this book would be a good place to start.