Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Book Review: Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World by Shelly Miller



From the back cover:
This book is for anyone who is weary--who longs for rest but doesn't know how to make it a reality.  Shelly Miller, a sought-after mentor on Sabbath-keeping, shows how even busy people can implement a rhythm of rest into their lives--from small windows of time to a whole morning or day.  With encouraging stories from people in different stages in life, Miller shares practical advice for not only finding physical refreshment but also restoring your soul.  Sabbath is a gift from God to be embraced, not a spiritual hoop to jump through.  Discover how genuine rest is possible today.

I have to admit that I didn't really care for this book.  While it is an important reminder that we need Sabbath rest, that's about all I can say positively about it.  There's almost a mystical feel to the book as if doing Sabbath properly will fix one's problems.  Also, I'm just not comfortable with the author writing about hearing God's whispers.  God doesn't talk to people anymore, and even in Biblical times, it was very rare.  Yes, people feel led to do things by God, but that's very different from actually hearing His voice.  Then there's the times she acts as a prophet for others, telling them what she thinks God has told her to tell them.  If you're looking for a good book about Sabbath rest, there are other, better ones such as 24/6 by Matthew Sleeth.  But skip this one.

I want to thank Bethany House for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

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