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An Inspiring, Practical Guide to Finding Rest and Getting Closer to God
Sabbath-keeping not only brings physical refreshment, it restores the soul. God commands us to "remember the Sabbath," but is it realistic in today's fast-paced culture? In this warm and helpful book, Shelly Miller dispels legalistic ideas about Sabbath and shows how even busy people can implement a rhythm of rest into their liveswhether for an hour, a morning, or a whole day. With encouraging stories from people in different stages in life, Miller shares practical advice for having peaceful, close times with God. You will learn simple ways to be intentional about rest, ideas for tuning out distractions and tuning in God, and even how meals and other times with friends and family can be Sabbath experiences.
Ultimately, this book is an invitation to those who long for rest but don't know how to make it a reality. Sabbath is a gift from God to be embraced, not a spiritual hoop to jump through.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Shelly Miller (www.redemptionsbeauty.com) is a veteran ministry leader and sought-after mentor on Sabbath-keeping. She leads the Sabbath Society, an online community of people who want to make rest a priority. Her writing has been featured in publications internationally. Shelly and her husband recently moved from the U.S. to London, England, where they resource church planting efforts.
Table of Contents
Foreword Mark Buchanan 11
1 Baby Steps 31
Small pauses, less guilt, and practical preparation make rhythms of rest doable.
2 Questions and One - Word Answers 39
God is creative, and the way we rest can be creative too.
3 Prayers and Epistles 51
Sabbath is not a solitary endeavor. Rest revives the soul for greater attentiveness, not just for you but for others.
4 Dispelling Myths 67
Sabbath, is not something we earn but a free gift we choose.
5 From How to Who 83
Push past resistance for rest and become a person of influence who changes the world.
6 Stop or Be Forced to Stop 99
How to become a confident, unanxious presence in the midst of turmoil and interruptions.
7 Watch for the Arrows 119
Recognize the everyday signposts from God revealing you are worthy of rest.
8 Extravagant Wastefulness 133
Maximize the restorative power of play and the indispensible usefulenss of idleness, silence, and daydreaming.
9 Uncertainty: Rest and Love Are Connected 147
Identify when the fear of uncertainty sabotages rest; where hustle may be communicating a subversive message that you are unlovable.
10 Preparation Is Everything 165
Envisioning time limitations and resetting boundaries as God's highest intention, with practical-tips on preparing for Sabbath.
11 L'Chaim! To Life! 181
Ideas for making Sabbath celebratory in the spirit of ease and togetherness.
12 Wings of Rescue 198
Stop striving. Stop doing. Stop trying to rest. We must learn to wait in order to receive the riches in rest.
Practical Prompts for Sabbath Pauses 205
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful book about the importance of the Sabbath and taking time to rest. With the world so busy and loud all the time it can be hard to take the time we need to rest and rejuvenate. This book gives practical advice on how to do that in an easy to read and understand format. This will be a book you will reread every time the world seems to be just a little too loud again. I would recommend this book to anyone! We all need a little extra help and reminders from time to time on how to “Honor the Sabbath Day and Keep it Holy”! *I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*
I received a copy of RHYTHMS OF REST: FINDING THE SPIRIT OF THE SABBATH IN A BUSY WORLD by Shelly Miller from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I admit that my family and I do not always adhere to the rules of the Sabbath. I always think of it as a day of rest – doing nothing, just relaxing. That isn’t always possible when you work retail (as my mom does and I used to do), or when you have tons of housework to catch up on. This book opened my eyes to new ways of considering the Sabbath. The books guides you step-by-step into keeping with the Sabbath. Just as the title says, it talks about how busy our worlds are. It can’t be an excuse, but it can be something to think about seriously. I also like that it doesn’t make you feel guilty for not honoring the Sabbath, but instead helps you to find the correct path. If you’re feeling depressed or overwhelmed, or just looking for some peace, then read this book as well. Each section is short, so you can read them in different sittings, or you can finish it all in one sitting. Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop.
Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller is a look into finding ways to still your heart and change your focus even during the busiest of times. She writes in an easy way and includes lots of stories of others finding their way into Sabbath rest. The end of the book features questions to go along with each chapter called practical prompts and could be used in a group setting, but just as well individually. I think she presents some good insights and I appreciate the look at the value of making time to slow down and reflect even in a busy life. I give this book a solid 4 stars. **I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are mine.**
As someone who works in full time vocational ministry, this book came to me at the perfect time. Shelly's heart is so tender and real as she processes her journey of Sabbath and Rest, and guides you through it. Sabbath always used to mean going to church, napping and evening church. But Shelly's book reminds me that I am called to rest because of who lives in me. If you've ever wondered why you don't feel like you have time to rest and when you do, it's just putting laundry away, getting the kids ready for school, finishing homework.. this is the book for you. I highly recommend!
It seems everyone is busy these days and rarely do we take the time to stop. To breath. To Sabbath or rest. In Rhythms of Rest Shelly Miller shows us not only WHY rest is important, but gives practical ways to build it into our routine without being preachy. Using her own life experience and those of others, she shares how she traveled the road from frantic and hurried to finding a 24 hour rest period in every week. And she and the others found that the more they rested, the more they accomplished. Everyone may not be able to Sabbath for 24 hours each week, but we can all find pockets of time in our days to take a deep breath and reflect on what is most important in our lives. This is not a “how to” book, nor does it give 5 simple steps for achieving rest. It IS a book that will remind readers that resting is a “life raft that Jesus extends to us every week to prevent us from drowning in our work.”
After reading this book, I look at rest and the sabbath in a new refreshing way. It is full of golden nuggets to remind us of God's love and his desires for us amidst our busy lives.
I have no idea how I discovered Shelly Miller and her "Rhythms of Rest." It really does not matter. It's helping me to regain some sanity and balance in my life. Peace. With. Jesus. These are key things for me. Perhaps you could use them, too? This book is the change I need in my life. The connections, concepts and characters (who are actual people!) allow me to see past my own crazy and realize rest is attainable. Change is seldom easy but with ideas from this book, I am on my way. It will likely be a well read book on my bookshelf. Thanks for writing it.
Finding a few moments in a day to rest is tough, let alone an entire day. The concept of Sabbath has been wrought with struggle for as long as Sabbath has been around. Established by God and designed as a way to regenerate-or rest-at the completion of creation, He gifted it to us knowing it would be good and necessary. He didn’t create it as a way to frustrate us or add another list of commands to follow-he created it so we could rest. Plain and simple. In Rhythms of Rest, Shelly Miller reminds us that “Sabbath isn’t an allowance for rest when the dishes are done, projects are complete, or when your volunteerism is on hiatus”. Sabbath is an invitation to enter into a space that is holy and consecrated; a time set apart for us to reconnect with our creator. God longs for us to spend time with him, not just in the halls of church, but in his very presence. Miller unpacks Sabbath in a way that makes it more accessible, attainable and realistic. Rhythms of Rest isn’t a laundry list of things you have to complete in order to rest; it is a guidebook through the quagmire of expectations in order that you may find Sabbath in unexpected ways as well as in well thought out preparation. Shelly Miller has created a wonderful book that will be a resource for your Sabbath journey, not just today, but for years to come.
We need a day set apart from all the others, different in their routine. We desperately require down time, a few hours each week with limited or no stress. In her book, Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World, Shelly Miller shares practical and wise ways by which we all can make room in our busy lives for Sabbath. But she maintains that it will be a deliberate choice we make, as we fight against the busyness which plagues our world. It will not come easily or without a battle. Rhythms of Rest is a journey towards rest as Shelly shares personally from her own life, and the lives of others, how to implement Sabbath into our lives. Her words are like a breath of fresh air and will stir your soul to find rest in our God who is longing to spend time with each of us. ** In exchange for my honest review, I was given an electronic copy of the book. It was my privilege and joy to read every word as it enriched my life and it will surely do so for you.
Once in a while a book comes along that you just know you will read again and again. "Rhythms of Rest" by Shelly Miller is one such book for me. While reading "Rhythms of Rest", I discovered a grace filled approach to Sabbath keeping that is totally unlike anything I had previously been taught. The truths she shares throughout "Rhythms of Rest" have led me to plan for and approach Sabbath-keeping with intentionality but without rigidity. Her insights and stories are refreshing, inspiring and encouraging. I've learned to incorporate meaningful rhythms that are specifically designed for me, that delight my heart, that draw me closer to my Lord and that allow me to rest not only my body but also my mind. I've also come to find Sabbath moments throughout every day of the week to pause,to listen and to pray. A few of my favorite quotes from this lovely book are:“Pausing for prayerful listening, even for a few minutes, brings everything that is important back into focus.” "Sabbath is not about resting perfectly, but resting in the One who is perfect." "Sabbath reminds us that we belong because we are already accepted. Rest requires that we be who we are and nothing more." Read this book. You will come away refreshed, enlightened and uplifted.