I love reading books on the mind-body-spirit connection that are well-written and supported a holistic lifestyle. It's one of the reasons I was attracted to this book. If you're wondering how to slow down and avoid burning out, this book offers much insight.
Book Title: Sacred Rest by Saundra Dalton-Smith
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 240 pages
Genre: Christian Living
Release date: December 19, 2017
Content Rating: G
Staying busy is easy. Staying well rested- there's a challenge.
How can you keep your energy, happiness, creativity, and relationships fresh and thriving in the midst of never-ending family demands, career pressures, and the stress of everyday life? In Sacred Rest, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a board-certified internal medicine doctor, reveals why rest can no longer remain optional.
Dr. Dalton-Smith shares seven types of rest she has found lacking in the lives of those she encounters in her clinical practice and research-physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, creative-and why a deficiency in any one of these types of rest can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity, and productivity. Sacred Rest combines the science of rest, the spirituality of rest, the gifts of rest, and the resulting fruit of rest. It shows rest as something sacred, valuable, and worthy of our respect.
By combining scientific research with personal stories, spiritual insight, and practical next steps, Sacred Rest gives the weary permission to embrace rest, set boundaries, and seek sanctuary without any guilt, shame, or fear.
In Sacred Rest, author Saundra Dalton-Smith takes the topic of rest beyond "we need to get more sleep". She differentiates the two by stating that sleep is a biological necessity, solely a physical activity, whereas rest penetrates into the spiritual, it "speaks peace into the daily storms your mind, body and spirit encounter." The book is divided into three parts: Why Rest?, The Gifts of Rest, and the Promises of Rest.
In the first part, the author introduces us to the topic of rest and its necessity to lead a fulfilling and happy life that encompasses our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. She goes on to explain the different kinds of rest, such as physical and mental, which are familiar to most of us but also social, creative and sensory rest, which many of us don't think about. In the second part, she discusses topics such as setting boundaries (learning to say no, which is what I need to work on!), choosing to do nothing when you constantly feel the need to hustle and bustle, seeking out beauty and spending time in its presence, communicating with God and how not to confuse activity with productivity, to name but a few. The third part is short and summarizes the benefits of sacred rest. The author then invited the reader to take the Thirty-day Sacred Rest Challenge, which I think I'll do.
Sacred Rest is written in the first person by a medical doctor who shares her experiences through anecdotes and personal stories. She is also a Christian who liberally quotes biblical scripture throughout the text and bases much of her discussions on them. As a Christian myself, I appreciated this. I've been reading the Bible daily for most of my life and enjoyed their application to the topic of rest. This book offers practical suggestions on getting the most out of life by proper application of rest with biblical wisdom as its foundation. I enjoyed reading it and will keep it as a resource.
If you are feeling frazzled and need direction on how to restore your energy and make the most out of life without burning out, this book will help you do that by rediscovering how to rest.