“Staying busy is easy. Staying well rested—now there’s a challenge.” This quote sums up nicely what the author hopes to address in her latest release.
Dalton-Smith is a woman who understands what it’s like to need rest, and she wants to show the reader how it can be achieved. While it is written from a Christian perspective, it is not overbearing in any way. The author is a physician, and she incorporates scientific and medical evidence to support her observations throughout the book. That said, it is not too technical for the average reader to understand and utilize. The chapters are short, so they can easily be fit into a busy schedule.
This book is structured in three parts. In Part I, "Why Rest?," the author breaks down the various types of rest (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, sensory, and creative). She helps the reader determine which type (or types) of rest is needed. Part II, "The Gifts of Rest," discusses the spiritual aspects of rest in twelve areas (boundaries, reflection, freedom, acceptance, exchange, permission, cessation, art, communication, productivity, choice, and faith). Part III, "The Promises of Rest," provides a Personal Rest Deficit Assessment Tool and an online option to sign up for the Thirty-Day Sacred Rest Challenge.
Some of my favorite quotes include:
- “Many of us run from rest because it seems like giving up.”
- “Rest is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.”
- “The desire to overwork is an attempt to justify ourselves.”
- “You don’t find purpose. You live and let purpose reveal itself to you.”
- “You are made to live within the wide-open space of God’s validation and affirmation.”
- “God did not make rest a mere suggestion. He commanded it.”
- “You can be busy and still lack productivity.”
If you are weary and want to change that, consider adding this book to your To-Be-Read pile for 2018.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of the LitFuse Blogging Program. I wasn't required to leave a positive review.
About the author...
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an author, speaker, and board-certified physician. She has an active medical practice in Alabama (near the Birmingham area). She received her B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Georgia and graduated with honors from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Baker College and Davenport University in Michigan teaching courses on health, nutrition, and disease progression. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women's Day, Redbook, and First for Women magazine. She is the author of Set Free to Live and Come Empty (winner 2016 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year and 2016 Illumination Award Gold medalist). She is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and a repeat keynote speaker at their annual gathering. She has shared her tips on merging faith and medicine with over 16,000 healthcare professionals to encourage the current and next generation of doctors to treat the whole person.