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