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

Chicago:

Prayers for Married Couples by Bartkowski

Florida:

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

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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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