Review of “A Sabbatical Primer for Pastors” by Clayton Blackstone


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“You will never know how hard it was to keep you boys busy,” my dad acknowledged in a moment of morphine-induced honesty following surgery for colon cancer.

“Did it ever occur to you to give us a day off?” my youngest
brother asked.

Dad hesitated, but only for a moment — “The thought never crossed my mind.”

“Keep busy” buzzes in my head. My daily “to do” list gives an often distorted shape to my day.

In A Sabbatical Primer for Pastors, David Alves raises his voice over the buzz. “God is taking you out of the brick making business,” he writes. With frequent references to his own story, David argues that Sabbath and Sabbaticals offer a God-designed way for me to be free from the drivenness that has served as a constant companion since my youth.

The Primer troubles me with a question that lingers like the scent of a powerful perfume: which father’s voice will shape the remaining years of my life?

–Clayton Blackstone, author of Meet Me for Breakfast and Pastor of the Advent Christian Church in Bangor, Maine

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  1. […] David C. Alves speaks to groups of foster and adoptive parents and social agencies working in foster and adoptive care. He also speaks to churches, clergy/pastors, and organizations that focus on God’s love, family, and healing. His newest book addresses the needs for pastors and ministers to find rest through a spiritual renewal leave: A Sabbatical Primer for Pastors. […]

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