In Come, Sit, Stay (Worthy Publishing, 2012) , Ellen Vaughn calls the Christian to respond to Christ's call: "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." She divides her book into four sections-Come, Sit, Stay, and Rest- outlining a Christian's steps toward a deeper, more restful relationship with Christ.
Vaughn compares Christ's commands to those of a loving dog owner. Christ's first command-come-is like a master lovingly calling her dog to come and be safe. She writes that Christ's call is even greater and more beautiful because he calls man to come and "sit," or rather, abide. Man's sin has alienated and shamed him, but Christ restores the relationship, taking away the shame and hurt. As man sits with Christ he realizes the rest that comes only from such a relationship.
I enjoyed the canine imagery sprinkled throughout the book, but the book's true beauty lies in its application of Scripture to reality. Vaughn points us to rest in Christ and to live with abandon. She reminds us that our home is really in heaven, a place of unending joy. We can live without worries because we know what the end will be!