Sabbath Rest: The Beauty of God’s Rhythm for a Digital Age
SCM Press, 2019, xi + 128 pp., pbk
In Sabbath Rest: The Beauty of God’s Rhythm for a Digital Age, Scarlata offers a series a ‘reflections’ on the gift of the Sabbath from someone who is ‘not an expert but a fellow pilgrim’, one who has been ‘convicted of [his] own Sabbath neglect’ (x). Scarlata’s emphasis throughout is the practice of the Sabbath, encouraging his readers to reflect for themselves on how learning to inhabit a ‘Sabbath-rhythm’ (of six days of work and one day of rest) is central to creation’s journey towards wholeness. As he reminds us, the Sabbath is ‘as much about political and economic freedom as it is about physical and spiritual rest’ (3). To this end, each chapter ends with four questions to aid the reader in reflecting on the Sabbath’s significance, and the book is peppered with practical suggestions for maintaining the Sabbath. Nonetheless, Scarlata’s purpose in this book is not to offer a guide for how to practise the Sabbath, but rather to ‘explore the biblical texts to offer a compelling case for why the Sabbath remains critical to the life and witness of God’s people today’ (x).