Rest, seems like something that should come natural, but we struggle with it at some point in our lives.
In Matthew 11, Christ promises us rest if we come unto him. The lack of rest and emotional drain I feel daily lead me to accept Litfuse’s call to review the book Sacred Rest (affiliate link) by Saundra Dalton-Smith, Md..
I don’t know really what I was expecting as I read the introduction. A litany of ways to find rest? Restful poems, photos, and prose related to the theme of rest.
As I thumbed through the book , I found much more. I found a new depth to the concept of “rest.” Before reading this book, I felt rest dealt mainly with the physical and spiritual. I did not equate it with the so many dimensions of ourselves that Saundra revealed in her book.
This book is not a quick, nor restful read. It is a study about “rest” and the many facets involved in providing one a true sense of rest in their beings.
Saundra delves into different types of “tired” we all can experience in our lives. She asks us “what kind of tired are we?” We can experience tiredness in many realms including: physical; mental, emotional, spiritual, social, sensory, and creative.
She also unveils the REST Method: Recognizing your risk; Evaluating you Current Position, Using Science and Research, and today’s application.
She also provides personalized accounts of how real people experience a lack of rest in each of the categories and then gives practical solutions to finding the rest we all need to make us healthy and whole.
I highly recommend this book because I identified with the types of rest and saw that at certain points in my life I have experienced all types of rest deprivation. When I am not rested, I cannot be my best self or the best wife I can be to my husband.
Finding rest is not simple, but with Sandra’s book as as tool you can delve in and discover rest and all its wonderful benefit. You will also find practical tips to finding rest in each of the seven areas.
Note: I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.)
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