Sharing Book Spotlights Sabbath’s “Stress Relief”
n the midst of an American society stressed out over the economy, terrorism and whether a given football team will prevail, Shawn Boonstra claims to have an answer: the Sabbath.
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SHARING BOOK: "The Sign," by Shawn Boonstra of It Is Written Television. [Photo: Pacific Press]
Boonstra, speaker/director for It Is Written International Television, has written a sharing book for non-Adventists offering the Sabbath as its solution. As the name suggests, a “sharing book” is designed for Seventh-day Adventist Christians to offer their friends and contacts unfamiliar with the Church and its teachings about the Bible Sabbath. “The Sign,” published by church owned Pacific Press Publishing Association, is available for as little as $1.99 in quantity.
Boonstra says, “We have come to think of relentless activity as noble…Even though we secretly resent working every spare minute of every day, we actually feel guilty if we spend time doing nothing in particular…I have long suspected that the relentless pace of modern life is deliberate. Somebody is trying to keep us incessantly occupied, because if we stopped the endless cycle of activity for even a few moments, we would discover something amazing—the presence of God.” In his book, Boonstra shares with modern readers the answer to the stress and craziness of life—the Sabbath. He also presents basic concepts about salvation and a relationship with God.
According to a news release, “’The Sign’ is pocket-sized and perfect for sharing with family, friends, co-workers and even strangers (i.e. the guy next to you on the airplane).”
Pacific Press president Dale Galusha said “Boonstra approaches the Sabbath from a very personal and need-oriented way…showing the Sabbath as the answer to a common problem that so many Americans face. We are proud to publish this important sharing tool and to have it as our Missionary Book of the Year for 2009.”
The Sign is available at your local Adventist Book Center or at; phone orders may be placed at (800) 765-6955.

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