Monday, December 20, 2010
The Sabbath points towards the eternal rest we will experience in heaven. If we experienced perfect rest here, we would have no need for heaven. Our citizenship is in heaven.
Buchanan challenges the old idea of Sabbath being a time where you could have no fun. Not so many generations ago, you couldn't even throw a ball on the Sabbath. Buchanan says legalism then, is another enemy of Sabbath keeping. On the Sabbath he says, we should do things that aren't necessary and things that we enjoy doing.
I have to admit I wondered how one could write a whole book on the Sabbath, but Buchanan has done just that and done it well. He is a skilled writer. If you find your life spinning out of control, with all your obligations and pressures pushing in on every side, I recommend finding time to read this book which offers solid practical advice on how to keep the Sabbath meaningfully, and find your center again.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Six of the songs are from 2009. The album opener, 'Better than a Hallelujah' is inspirational and speaks of how God wants communion with us: "We pour out our miseries, God just hears a melody/Beautiful the mess we are, the honest cries of breaking hearts/Are better than a hallelujah." 'Overnight' is a duet with her then seventeen year old daughter, Sarah Chapman, who has a pleasant voice. It is a song for the impatient and the weary: "If it all just happened overnight/You would never learn to believe what you cannot see." 'Find what you're looking for', co-written by Mindy Smith is a tune about how to treat each other: "Haven't we all learned the best life lessons/By falling and falling down hard/If we're looking for somebody's failures/We won't have to look very far." Two tracks, 'Hard Times' and 'Third World Woman' would have fit nicely on Amy's LEAD ME ON record.
Also included on SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD are a 2010 version of 'Arms of Love', originally recorded on 1982's AGE TO AGE, and 2001's 'Imagine/Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesus' from LEGACY...HYMNS AND FAITH.
Amy Grant brings a seasoned artistry to this CD. She also utilizes many talented performers including Vince Gill, Greg Morrow, and Chris Rodriguez. I'm giving this light pop release a 4.5 stars out of 5. Now 50 years old, I look forward to what she does next!