About this book: (from the publisher) God wants Sunday to be the best day of your week and the Sunday worship service to be the best hour of your day. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work out that way. Through this gift book, people will learn how to make their lives better by making the strategic decision to invest in a weekly Sunday church experience.
By following the seven suggestions in this book, you will begin to see your church as an extended family and look forward to being with them every weekend. And you will begin to experience the benefits of church attendance that cascade into just about every area of your life.
You may not love Sundays yet or maybe you’ve always loved them, but wherever you are, this book will help you discover how to make the most of every Sunday of your life.
The key to a great Sunday isn’t the preacher, the service, or the people…the key is you.
About the author: Hal Seed and his wife, Lori, founded New Song Community Church in Oceanside, California, in 1992. They have two grown children and a growing number of grandchildren. He mentors pastors at pastormentor.com. He is the author of five books, including The God Questions.
Genre: Non-fiction/Christian Life
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Reflection: This book came to me when my affection for Sundays was at a low ebb. Consequently I approached it with more than a little skepticism. Could it really make a difference in my own experience? I doubted it.
The reasons for my Sunday angst are multiple, and many of them are beyond my control. But what I Love Sundays showed me was that at least some of those reasons are under my control, and while I can do nothing about the others, I can do something about these.
And so, following suggestions in I Love Sundays, I have. And lo and behold, my Sundays are the happier for it.
For such a little book (about 5″x5″ and 100 very concise pages), it’s made quite a big impact, chiefly changing the way I approach the pinnacle of my week, as it’s meant to be. For instance, I now actively prepare our home for Sundays. What does this look like? It means I prepare on Saturday a well-rounded breakfast that I simply pop into the oven Sunday morning. This way there’s no rushing to get breakfast on the table before church. (Though I confess, rushing still occurs in plenty of other places.)
In a similar vein, in what has become my new favorite weekend practice, I’m returning to the time-honored tradition of preparing on Saturday our midday Sunday dinner. (Whenever I’m working in the kitchen, I think of the hundreds of generations of good Jewish women who likewise did their Sabbath meal preparation the day before so that they might rest on the Sabbath. I rather like the feeling that I’m joining their ranks.) I set the dining room table ahead of time with our good china and crystal so that throughout the day on Saturday I can experience the joy of anticipating the good meal that awaits. At that meal, which is a notch above the standard weekday fare, the candles are lit and the kids are treated to sparkling cider, while my husband and I may enjoy a glass of wine. We make the experience an occasion. When dinner is over, my family helps with cleanup, and then my kitchen work for the weekend is basically done. (Everyone gets to fend for themselves when hunger strikes again.)
My husband and I are also now far more intentional about enforcing Sunday as a day of rest. No one does work or homework on Sundays anymore. We avoid arduous chores as well, and I take a break from social media.
What all of this achieves for us is a far more restful Sunday pace that allow us to enjoy God’s presence in ways we cannot when hurry defines our day.
I Love Sundays offers other suggestions too, many of them more directly related to the church experience. I’ve implemented some of these with some success. Do these changes solve all of my Sunday woes? No (not yet), but they have elevated my attitude–which I believe puts me in a better position for tackling the issues that remain. That is my hope, anyway, and in the meantime, I’m a whole lot closer to loving Sundays the way God intends.
Thanks to Veritas Communications for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
After words: Why do you love Sundays?