Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a Restless World

Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a Restless World

by Kate Rademacher

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Overview

Stillness. Prayer. Sabbath. In a restless world, what do those words even mean?

Public health expert Kate H. Rademacher grew up thinking it was up to humans to bring healing and justice to earth. Saving the world meant working long hours, answering emails day or night, and competing for professional awards and funding. In an era of pandemic, racial injustice, and deepening inequality, who's got time for a nap?

Stressed out and frazzled, Rademacher landed on the Christian story, in which a sought-after Savior retreats to solitary places and prays alone in the wilderness. In the pages of Reclaiming Rest, Rademacher tells the story of a year of monthly Sabbath retreats, during which she withdraws from family and work obligations for periods of solitude. She also experiments with disciplines like walking, praying, taking a break from social media, and finding a Sabbath buddy. In lyrical and astute prose, Rademacher teases out answers to questions like: What does rest in a restless world look like? How is Sabbath connected to issues of justice? Vocation? Parenting? Simplicity?

Ultimately, Rademacher claims, Sabbath pierces our illusions of self-reliance and control, and that's good news. What if keeping the Sabbath is not only a commandment to obey but a freedom to reclaim?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506465999
Publisher: Broadleaf Books
Publication date: 06/22/2021
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kate H. Rademacher works in international public health and is the author of Their Faces Shone and Following the Red Bird. In recognition of Rademacher's leadership in global health, she is in the inaugural cohort of WomenLift Health, which is sponsored by Stanford University. She and her family live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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