And He said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." – Mark 16:15

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Book Review – The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The best compliment that I can give Mark Buchanan’s book, The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath, is that it’s balanced. In 14 chapters, he discusses different perspectives on Sabbath. He does this by spending about half of his time in anecdotes (many from his own life) and the other half in scripture; this makes for an easy read. I appreciated the “Dad-like stories” as much as I appreciated the necessary scriptural support to back up his assessment of the Sabbath’s role in a Christian’s life.

At the end of each chapter, he also gives practical advice (what he calls Sabbath liturgy) on how to incorporate/practice Sabbath each week. As this was helpful, I would have liked it if he went deeper with his recommendations; many of them were vague, or surface-level in their depth. Be that as it may, I would recommend this book for anyone who’s looking to have a better biblical perspective on Sabbath and how they can further themselves in this necessary spiritual discipline.

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Say Hello to Sapphira Jo!

Sapphira’s due date came and went on January 25th.  As each day passed, Hannah and I began to slowly embrace the fact that she was coming later rather than sooner.  After what seemed like the slowest five days ever, Hannah woke up with a growing discomfort in her belly around 4 AM on January 30th.  At first she dismissed it as simple cramps or muscle aches, but as the pain continued, we both got the sense that this could be it.  We started tracking her contractions with a pregnancy app, and as they grew more consistent, we contacted our OBGYN for guidance.

They told us to come in at 1 PM, in which Hannah measured at 3cm dilation and was fully effaced.  We returned home and began early labor in the comfort of our apartment until around 5 PM.  At that point the contractions were getting stronger and closer together.  We then drove to the hospital where Hannah was checked in around 5:45 PM.


The view from our room! (Can you see the Rockies?)

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