In the September-October issue of Sojourners, I write about coming to realize that keeping the Sabbath holy isn't merely about rest and leisure, no matter how spiritually sincere. As it deepens our relationship with God, Sabbath should intensify our resolve to work during the rest of the week for a world where labor laws and societal norms give all people access to time for rest and reflection.
Here are some of my recommendations for books on different dimensions -- spiritual and social -- of seeking time apart from the workaday grind:
In Pursuit of Silence, George Prochnik
The Sabbath World, Judith Shulevitz
Living the Sabbath, by Norman Wirzba
The Sabbath, by Abraham Joshua Heschel
Keeping the Sabbath Wholly, by Marva J. Dawn
Lauren F. Winner is assistant professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School. Her books include Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath.