Sabbatical Leave Resources

Sabbatical Leave Planning Booklet

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Sabbical Leave Policies

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Sabbatical Leave Bibliography

A Guide to Monastic Guest Houses,
Robert J. Regalbuto, Morehouse Publishing, 2000,
 ISBN # 0-8192-1848-0, 291 pages


A Place For God: A Guide to Spiritual Retreats and Retreat Centers,
Timothy Jones,  Doubleday, 2000,
ISBN # 0-385-49158-1, 464 pages


A Shepherd Looks At The 23rd Psalm,
W. Philip Keller, Zondervan, 1970, 1996


Blessed Connections: Relationships that Sustain Vital Ministry,
Judith A.  Schwanz, The Alban Institute, 2008,
ISBN # 978-1-56699-356-2, Alban No. AL346,  197 pages,


Caring For the Caregiver,
Gary L. Harbaugh, The Alban Institute, 1992,
ISBN # 1- 56699-059-9, 117 pages


Catch Your Breath: God’s Invitation to Sabbath Rest,
Don Postema, CRC Publications,  1997,
ISBN # 1-56212239-8, 93 pages


Character Forged From Conflict,
Gary D. Preston, Bethany House Publishers, 1999,
ISBN # 1-55661-973, 157 pages


Clergy Renewal,
A. Richard Bullock, The Alban Institute, 2000,
ISBN # 1-56699-223-0, 89 pages


Conditioning Your Soul,
Neil B. Wiseman, Beacon Hill Press, 1999,
ISBN # 083-411- 7673, 96 pages


The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction,
Eugene  H.  Peterson, Word Publications, 1989,
ISBN # 0-917463-22-6, 176 pages


Dare to Journey with Henri Nouwen,
Charles Ringma, Pinon Press, 2000


Eat This Book,
Eugene H. Peterson, Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2006


Healing Centers and Retreats; Healthy Getaways for Every Body and Budget,
 Jenifer Miller, John Muir Publications, 1998,
ISBN # 1-56261-404-5, 229 pages


In It For the Long Haul: Building Effective Long-Term Pastorates,
Glen E. Ludwig, The Alban Institute, 2002,
ISBN # 1-56699-269-9, 130 pages


Journeying Toward Renewal,
Melissa Bane Sevier, The Alban Institute, 2002,
ISBN # 1-56699-273-7, 128 pages


Keeping the Sabbath Wholly,
Marva J. Dawn, Eerdmans, 1989,
ISBN # 0-8028-0457-8, 217 pages


Margin, The Overload Syndrome:  Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives,
Richard Swenson, NavPress, 2002,
ISBN # 0-89109- 888-7, 275 pages


Mudhouse Sabbath,
Lauren F. Winner, Paraclete Press, 2003,
ISBN # 1-55725-344-7,  161 pages


My Soul Thirsts: An Invitation to Intimacy With God,
Steve Korch, Judson Press, 2000,
ISBN # 0-8170-1345-8, 186 pages


The Overload Syndrome: Learning to Live Within Your Limits,
Richard Swenson, M.D.,  NavPress, 1999,
ISBN # 1-57683-131-0, 216 pages


Pastors at Greater Risk: Real Help From Pastors Who’ve Been There,
H. B. London,  Jr.,and Neil B. Wiseman, Regal Books, 2003, (a revision of Pastors at Risk, 1993),
 ISBN # 0-8307-2903-8, 334 pages




The Pastor’s Guide to Personal Spiritual Formation,
Steve Harper and Marjorie J.  Thompson, Beacon Hill Press, 2005,
ISBN #  083-412-209X, 160 pages


Restoring Margin to Overloaded Lives,
Richard Swenson, NavPress, 1999,
ISBN # 1- 57683-184-1, 178 pages


Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest,
Wayne Muller, Bantam Books, 1999,
ISBN # 0-553-10672-4, 241 pages


The Sabbath,
Abraham Joshua Heschel, First Noonday Press, 1951,
ISBN # 0-374- 51267-1, 117 pages


Sabbath Keeping,
Donna Schaper, Cowley Publications, 1999,
ISBN # 1-56101-163-0, 94 pages


Sabbath Time,
Tilden Edwards, Upper Room Books, 1992,
ISBN # 0-8358-0665-0, 149 pages 


Sabbatical Journey,
A Diary of His Final Year, Henri J.M. Nouwen, Crossroad  Publishing, 1998,
ISBN # 0-8245-1878-0, 226 pages


Sanctuaries, A Guide to Lodgings in Monasteries,
Abbeys, and Retreats, Jack and  Marcia Kelly, Bell Tower, 1991,
ISBN # 0-517-88517-4, 316 pages


Six Months Off, 
Hope Dlugozima and others, Henry Holt and Co., 1996


Soul Feast:
An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life, Marjorie J. Thompson,
Westminster John Knox Press, 1995,
ISBN # 0-664-25548-5, 173 pages


Strength For the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community,
Jossey-Bass A Wiley Company, 2002,
ISBN # 0-7879-5578-7, 293 pages


Spiritual Disciplines 101,
Steve Harper, Beacon Hill Press, 2005,
ISBN # 083-412-2146, 144 pages


The Sense of The Call, A Sabbath Way of Life for Those Who Serve God, the Church
and the World,

Marva J. Dawn, Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2006
ISBN # 10: 0-8028- 4459-6, or 13-978-0-80284459-0, 315 pages


Time Bomb In the Church,
Daniel Spaite, M.D.`
Beacon Hill Press, 1999,
ISBN # 083- 411-7649, 167 pages


To Everything A Season:  A Spirituality of Time,
Bonnie Thurston, Crossroad Publishing, 1999,
ISBN # 0-8245-1784-9, 120 pages


Under the Unpredictable Plant; An Exploration of Vocational Holiness,
Eugene H.  Peterson, Wm. B. Erdmans, 1992, 197 pages


Who Ministers to Ministers? A Study of  Support Systems for Clergy and Spouses, Barbara Gilbert, The Alban Institute, 1994,
ISBN # 1-56699-022-X, 98 pages


Why You Should Give Your Pastor a Sabbatical (video),
Roy M. Oswald, The Alban 
institute, 2001,
ISBN # 1-56699-247-8


101 Vacations To Change Your Life: A Guide to Wellness Centers, Spiritual Retreats and Spas,
Karin Baji Holms, Citadel Press,1999,
ISBN # 0-8065-2082-5, 205 pages