Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World - eBook
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Publication Date: 2016
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Jen PenMidwest4 Stars Out Of 5The necessity of rest...November 25, 2016Jen PenMidwestQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3SUMMARY:
In the busyness of today, finding Sabbath (or rest) can be very difficult. Not just physically finding the time but also mentally focusing on rest through a pattern of rhythms. In her new book, author, blogger and leader of the Sabbath Society, Shelly Miller explores the choice of rest, the consequences both of as well as the lack of intermission, and the necessity of solitude. Through personal stories, comforting thoughts and emails from her online Sabbath community, Rhythms of Rest encourages spending time with God and reflecting on His love
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With an interesting and necessary theme to her newest book, Shelly Miller does a nice job of explaining the need, pattern and discipline of rest. Though her stories fit well, for some reason, I was not quite able to follow the process of the book nor really connect. Seeing the importance of the Sabbath, especially in the crazy schedules of life currently, I think this book has potential for certain people. Definitely a book that should be given a chance, I hope to read more of her books in the future.
4 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Rhythms of Rest from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review*
Bekah3 Stars Out Of 5Struggled to Find my Rhythm with This OneNovember 21, 2016BekahQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2I'll confess I had a huge struggle with this book. Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller initially caught my eye, because I have a tender place on my soul for the topic of Sabbath rest.
My parents were very careful to set apart the Sabbath day and keep it holy, and in the years that have followed leaving their household, I have spent much time on this issue, figuring out how it works for me and how I want to be intentional to do it. Since getting married, my husband and I have finally found our best Sunday practices, and I feel our bodies and souls are healthier because of our choices to abstain from all work (and as much social activity as possible) and truly rest on Sundays.
I always enjoy reading what others have learned about Sabbath rest, and that's why I wanted to read this book. And for the first half of it, I found the writing to be captivating, but (and I have never said this about a book before) the presentation of the book itself was off-putting to me. It's not a terribly long book - just over 200 pages, actually - but there was so much text on a page, and the font was such that I felt worn out just picking up the book (on rest!!) to read. It baffled me, because I've read hundreds of books and have never struggled with the font, the words on a page, or anything else. It was very strange. And very probable that it's just unique to me, but I still feel I must admit it.
Then, about halfway through the book, I started struggling with the book itself. Shelly is a good writer, and I enjoyed her thoughts (and even underlined a fair number of things I agreed with). But I felt confused, because it seemed like sometimes her writing style was very lyrical and poetic - almost like Ann Voskamp's - and then other times, I felt like I was reading a cross between her journal and her inbox, while she shared conversational stories from her ministry and actual email conversations with people who read her blog.
The stylistic jumping back and forth eventually lost me. I also saw themes pop up throughout the book but never found their full-circle or resolution moments. Maybe they were there, but I was so lost in all my struggles with the book that I just failed to find them. I'm not sure.
I do think she had some great points throughout the book, even in the final chapters, when I felt lost and confused on the whole, and I underlined several things that I think are worth remembering. But the book, both the literal book, and the jumping around in writing style, confused me. I really wish I would have loved it more. I wanted to! But this just wasn't a fit for me.
* Bethany House sent a complimentary copy of this book to me. All opinions are my own. *
PossessHisPromisesCaliforniaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Inhale Rest, Exhale BusynessNovember 12, 2016PossessHisPromisesCaliforniaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Southern California professionals take pride in a fast-paced lifestyle.
How are you?
Deep inhale and smile, Busy!
Those who drive the speed limit take their lives in their hands, even in the slow lane. Commuters weave in and out of tight spaces to get one car ahead, and motorcyclists zoom between cars going 70+ miles an hour.
This morning commute sets the pace for the day. Days are filled with meetings, one-right-after another with barely time to speedwalk to the next meeting. While in the meetings, attendees multitask, answering phones, texting, and emailing, all the while, contributing to the meeting discussions.
Evenings are times to get the work accomplished that was neglected during meetings.
While I was reading Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World by Shelly Miller, God prompted me to stop and consider my ways. Just last week, I came home and devoured dark chocolate to try to help relieve the stress of my busy day.
Rhythms of Rest explores the intent of God in establishing the Sabbath.
This book is for anyone who is frustrated with the busyness of everyday life and longs to withdraw into the presence of God.
Sabbath is the exhale required after six days of inhaling our work. (Beginnings)
Miller is careful to emphasize that her Sabbath is not a legalistic Sabbath but a day of rest. This day takes planning and preparation and can be the highlight of the week; yet, it needs practice and is different for everyone. While her designated Sabbath is Sunday, her husbands day is another day.
Jesus is Sabbath. When we make the day different on his behalf, holiness inhabits our intentions. (Beginnings)
Miller began Sabbath Society because she was tired of living with continual unrest in my soul. Hundreds have joined Sabbath Society. The book grew out of Millers experiences and those of the members of Sabbath Society.
God created the earth in six days, and on the seventh day, He rested. He established a rhythm of rest for the world to follow.
When we were in Austria, we visited a farm that had been in the family since 1776. This family was renown for its extraordinary stewardship of the land. One of the principles that they farmed by was that the land would rest on the seventh year straight from Leviticus.
Miller reminds us that Sabbath is love written large, declaring God is good; he remembers the promises between us. (Watch for the Arrows)
"Come to Me all you who are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:28-29
Jesus is our Sabbath, our promise for the deep spiritual rest that we crave.
I received a galley copy from the publisher for my honest review.
Kathy SchwankeAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Get Free From "Too Busy"October 22, 2016Kathy SchwankeAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I was eager to help launch this book because I knew that Shelly Miller has a gifted pen and is well-studied on the practice of Sabbath. And also because I believe that one of the greatest ailments of our society, which prevents our flourishing, is the phrase I so often hear, "I'm so busy." As one who invests in women through prayer, encouragement and leading Bible studies, I am always seeking to enable "lighter loads and freer roads." And I'm happy to report that this book does just that. Shelly encourages with testimonies from her life and other's, to take baby steps into a practice of Sabbath that fits you and your family.
Since keeping Sabbath is in the "top ten" of our blessed boundaries, I knew I'd find treasure in pursuing a deeper understanding of the fourth commandment. The stories Shelly tells reveal evidence of the fruit of her own practice of Sabbath. Her conversations with God are as natural as having a friend sit across the table - and give evidence to His loving hand upon her life - because she has found rest in Him.
That fact alone makes me zealous to attain resting rhythms for myself and encourage others to seek to practice Sabbath in their lives. Rhythms of Rest is a pleasant, instructive and transformational book.
From the White House5 Stars Out Of 5Find your RhythmOctober 5, 2016From the White HouseQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I have no idea how I stumbled onto Shelly Miller and her writings but this book is exactly what my weary soul needed. It's helped me gain sanity and balance I didn't realize I so desperately needed. The connections, concepts and characters (real people!) allow me to see beyond my own crazy and realize that rest is attainable. Change is seldom easy but with the gentle encouragement offered by Shelly, I know I can enjoy Sabbath. I hope you can, too.
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