Soul Tending: Journey Into the Heart of Sabbath:

Anita Amstutz

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We live in hungry times. There is economic uncertainty, fear, violence, division, and social chaos. What is needed for times such as these is a heart full of courage and wisdom grounded in compassion and resilience. For this, we can turn to one of the practices that for so many centuries nourished people of faith through incredibly difficult life circumstances and service. Traditionally it was a communal gathering time of rest, ritual, and prayer. It is Sabbath keeping. In Soul Tending, Anita Amstutz offers field notes and a road map from her own Sabbath keeping for the 21st century — a practice rooted in tradition but whose tenets can be applied to practices fit for our present hectic and troubling world.

Anita has written the book in such a way that it can easily be adapted as a study guide! Each chapter ends with a list of questions for reflection that are perfect for use by full congregations, independent readers, and every kind of group in between. This provides an accessible and engaging method to a shared understanding of Sabbath keeping in the modern day.

"Soul Tending is an important book for everyone. It reminds us that spiritual care requires honoring the Sabbath, requires time set aside for rest, joy, and creativity. Anita Amstutz writes with personal knowledge and great clarity about the necessity of minding Sabbath. Journey back to the story of Creation, journey back to the history of this one day set aside, journey back to the essence of this Biblical commandment. Journey back to your own soul's call. Read this book and reclaim a commitment to Sabbath." - Lynn Hinton, author of Friendship Cake and The View From Here
Rev. Anita Amstutz is an ordained minister who has led a congregation for over 15 years in New Mexico. She has also worked ecumenically at the Center for Action and Contemplation, a teaching ministry for contemplative prayer and action in the world. At the intersection of Catholic mysticism and Mennonite practicality, she has created and led liturgy, taught spiritual formation, preached, counseled and personally wrestled with what it means to live from “Sabbath Mind”.  She has an avocational passion for beekeeping and education/advocacy of pollinators, and founded the non-profit Think Like a Bee.  She is currently the grant writer and project manager for this organization.