If you are caught in an endless cycle of activity and really have no idea where to start on the concept of Sabbath or rest, Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity might be a good gentle introduction when more substantive and deep books might overwhelm you. While not my favorite on the topic, the book contains some good points and reminders.
Kent recommends easing into the countercultural idea of taking rest, and she writes about a variety of ways you can do that. The book avoids prescriptions so you won’t feel judged or bludgeoned into anything. That said, in so doing it also avoids being particularly challenging or in-depth. It’s a short book, and yet I kept feeling like I was re-reading a loop of the same points–I might have suggested tightening up the structure to avoid that problem.
Although I disagreed with Kent on a few points, I do think this is a worthwhile book, especially if you really are just beginning to think about the concepts. After that, I’d recommend moving on to meatier books, with Dan Allender’s take being my favorite so far.
Does your family rest on Sunday or another day of the week? Have you built any other rhythms of rest into your life?
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