Summer Sabbatical

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The elders of my church graciously offer all full time pastoral staff a six week sabbatical every seventh year. It is hard to believe that as a musician I’ve been able to hold down a job for more than two years, much less seven… But here I am…

I plan to spend a week at the beginning and end in solitude, beginning with the Abbey of Gethsemane where Thomas Merton lived, and ending at a retreat center in Cincinnati. In between will be a weekend in Chicago with my wife, and trips to Florida and Colorado with my family.

A few friends have asked what books I’m taking on Sabbatical. While I only hope to read 2-4 of them in their entirety, I’ve got 11 books on the docket:

The Abbey of Gethsemane:

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Answering God by Eugene Peterson

New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton


Prayers for Married Couples by Bartkowski


The Dangerous Act of Worship by Labberton

The Effective Father by MacDonald

Colorado (Denver, Boulder):

Wide Awake by McManus

A Generous Orthodoxy by McLaren

Cincinnati (in solitude):

The Pursuit of Man by Tozer

Dangerous Wonder by Yaconelli

Schools of Conversion: 12 Marks of New Monasticism


One thought on “Summer Sabbatical

  1. Nice list. I’d be interested in a few of those.

    I’m praying for you on your travels, and am excited to hear the things that God shows you. Drive safely, live soberly, love dangerously.

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