Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity - eBook
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Publication Date: 2017
Staying busy is easy. Staying well rested-now there's a challenge.
How can you keep your energy, happiness, creativity, and relationships fresh and thriving in the midst of never-ending family demands, career pressures, and the stress of everyday life? In SACRED REST, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a board-certified internal medicine doctor, reveals why rest can no longer remain optional.
Dr. Dalton-Smith shares seven types of rest she has found lacking in the lives of those she encounters in her clinical practice and research-physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, creative-and why a deficiency in any one of these types of rest can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity, and productivity. SACRED REST combines the science of rest, the spirituality of rest, the gifts of rest, and the resulting fruit of rest. It shows rest as something sacred, valuable, and worthy of our respect.
By combining scientific research with personal stories, spiritual insight, and practical next steps, SACRED REST gives the weary permission to embrace rest, set boundaries, and seek sanctuary without any guilt, shame, or fear.
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 health care professionals to encourage the current and next generation of doctors to treat the whole person.
"Once you get a taste of a well-rested life, nothing else will satisfy." That quote is a nibble of the masterpiece you will feast on in Saundra-Dalton Smith's book SACRED REST. Through a well-balanced weaving of her life's stories, substantiated research, and inspired selection of Scriptures, Saundra has created a perfect mix for challenging each reader to find their place of rest. I highly recommend this book as it's chock full of practical tips and you'll want to buy ten more for your family and friends, or use it for a book club or Bible Study."Heidi McLaughlin, international speaker and author of Restless for More, Sand to Pearls, and Beauty Unleashed
"Dr. Dalton-Smith has redefined the word REST! In a world with constant "Cerebral Background Noise" you need this book to learn how to set up rest boundaries for you and your family. I love her assessments for the reader to see where there might be a need for more rest, not just in sleep, but in the area of mental, spiritual and CREATIVE rest! I learned so much in this book, I look forward to sharing it with ALL my patients."Dr. Angie Welikala, CEO, Founder of Healing Agents International. HealingAgents.org
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Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Relevant and spiritually enrichingJanuary 24, 2018Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Sacred Rest just might be the most beneficial book Ive read in a long time. If you enjoy non-fiction, this is one you should definitely pick up. And if you dont read much non-fiction, this is still a book you should invest your time in. Sacred Rest is not theology, and shouldnt be held to that standard, but rather a book that speaks to the whole person physical, emotional, and spiritual. While targeted more toward women, its a book everyone would find enriching.
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a gifted communicator, engaging writer, loving mom, and committed Christian. As a medical doctor, she is well qualified in sharing her thoughts and experiences, and her writing is grounded in Scripture. Her style is conversational and real so real, in fact, that I wouldnt have been surprised to look up from my book and see her across the room from me, for I often felt she was speaking directly to me.
The author delves deeply into the concept of rest, exploring areas and concepts that, while totally new to me, make complete sense. When I think of how often Ive awaken, still tired after a good nights sleep, I can see that sleep does not necessarily equate to feeling rested. I love this quote from page 8: Sleep is solely a physical activity. Rest, however, penetrates into the spiritual. Rest speaks peace into the daily storms your mind, body, and spirit encounter. Rest is what makes sleep sweet.
In short, easy-to-manage chapters, the author explores the seven different types of rest that our often burned-out bodies require physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, sensory, and creative followed by the gifts of each. Ive learned so much already, especially in understanding that the specific area in which weve exerted energy needs the corresponding type of rest. Ive barely scratched the surface of all there is to take in and am eager to go back and read in depth.
What I like best about this book is how the physical and spiritual are linked together, as they should be. My thanks to Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith for sharing her thoughts. Highly recommended.
I was provided a copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
CafinatedReads20093 Stars Out Of 5Looking for relaxation and slowing down? Check this one out.January 24, 2018CafinatedReads2009Quality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I'm not a big fan of non-fiction books. They tend to lose my interest almost immediately. This book was, well, just about one of those books. I pushed on, though, and finished the book, despite it being difficult to hold my attention.
This is, in all honesty, a good book for those that are seeking to find some sort of relief and relaxtion in their life. Dr. Dalton-Smith did well to put the book together to break down the areas of rest and where people need to focus on slowing down. She added some scripture to the pages, along with some of her own accounts.
That all said, I was able to finish the book. Did I enjoy the book? No. Not really. Did the author have a good writing style? Of course. Why then, didn't I 'enjoy' the book? Because it's a non-fiction book and I tend to have a hard time with them,no matter how well written and thought out, or researched they are. Despite that, I still recommend this book. The author's accounts, the scripture, the broken down way of explaining the why and the how to rest for a more functionable lifestyle, is well written and would be beneficial to those who seek this in their life.
So, if you want a book that will help you in a difficult time in your life, or if you are just feeling "too busy" in life and need a breather, then I do suggest you get this well written, 3.5 star book. It's just not a book that I would keep on my shelf, personally.
*Cafinated Reads received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse Blog Tours and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Stop the rat race and the ceaseless exhaustionJanuary 21, 2018MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD has written a book which examines what she determines are the seven types of rest (physical, mental, emotional, social, sensory, creative, spiritual) that are needed for a
person to thrive in life.After seeing that list, I bet there are areas you never realized may be places to seek rest and restoration. She aptly describes what modern women (and men) feel like too often -- exhausted, even those who appear to sleep without issue; moody, bordering on melt down or depression; never fully engaged in the moment, even with family or on vacation. The list of symptoms go on and on. When offered a chance to read this title, I felt reluctant to accept. Retired now for more than 6 years, I have long left the daily rat race behind. My children are adults, and if there are not grandchildren duties, I normally can schedule my days as I wish. But I've found this book offers insight even for me, and I plan to use the book as the resource she intended it to be.
Once Dalton-Smith has explained the premise of the book and defined key vocabulary and concepts, she encourages readers to takethePersonal Rest Deficit Assessment toolat the end of the book While its name sounds overwhelming, this is really a quick quiz which will help one determine what type of rest you may be lacking. One or two checks within an area indicate you may be ripe for a burn out episode within that area of your life; three or more checks suggest a more immediate need for change. Going back into the book will provide insight into how you make changes into that area and why you should.Two things you should know before going any further. One, Dalton-Smith has experienced that burn-out that so many adults feel. A medical doctor, wife, and mother, her days are filled beyond full.At some time or other, she has probably needed each of the seven types of rest.Two,the ideassuggested in the bookarebased on research. She encourages one to read the book in small bits, with time to contemplate what you have read. Our lives are already busy, for most too busy, and this book, which is meant to help, should not be a burden. When all is "read and done," there is a thirty day challenge that can be taken with the help of a website. I received a copy of this book from Litfuse. All opinions are mine.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5Sleep is not rest - Recover with this bookJanuary 20, 2018Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Sleep is not rest."(6 - emphasis mine)
Do you feel like you never have enough time? Or do you always feel weary for the days' activities? Then pick up Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith's Sacred Rest to "Recover your life, renew your energy and restore your sanity."
"Sleep is different from rest, but good-quality sleep trickles down from a life well rested."(8)
Sacred Rest isn't just a book written from a medical standpoint, it is written to present options that leads to emotional, physical, mental and spiritual rest. I think this book came into my life at just the right time. Isn't that interesting? We all start of the new year with resolutions, of how we can achieve a certain goal, or even to be mindful of how our previous years were. For me, rest is very much needed and appreciated. Though, I want to find that balance of rest and living. And in this book, one is not exclusive of the other. You can still be well rested, and living.
"Rest is knowing that you are preapproved for all of God's blessings. . . Rest is knowing that your worst day is still in God's hands. Rest is knowing the limitlessness of the Almighty. This is what living well rested looks like."(140)
There are so many great points in Sacred Rest. It is a journey, and I appreciated the author's format and purpose in having shorter chapters. It's a book to come back to. It's a book that you can put down, but as easily, be able to pick it back up. A reminder of what we need, as well as what it represent, Sacred Rest touches on all aspect of our lives - from health to relationships to finding solace in God's presence.
"Rest is not always pleasant, but it ensures that the activities, the relationships, and the situations that deplete you will not continue to be depleting. . . It (Rest) transforms us."(111 & 136)
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5EncouragingJanuary 19, 2018KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An eye-opening look at what rest really means. And it's not just getting adequate sleep. In fact, Dr. Dalton-Smith is quick to point out that sleep is not the same thing as rest. You could sleep eight hours a day and never feel rested.
"A well-rested life is a secret hidden in plain sight. It is a life at one with God, self,and others. It's life strengthened by winding down the expectations of others and charging up your expectations for yourself." (p 118)
I kept thinking of the scripture "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10) as I read through this book. And I think that ultimately, that is the key -- to feel God, to see Him in every aspect of our lives. It's only then that a sacred rest is truly possible.
My favourite section of this book is Part II -- The Gifts of Rest.There's a lot of meat to this part of the book and it really got me thinking...and marveling over all the gifts available to us. And not the ones you'd automatically think of -- at least I wouldn't have. Like the Gift of Boundaries, of Acceptance, of Permission and so many more. Dalton-Smith has encouraged me to explore each of these gifts and how they relate to me. This isn't the kind of book you just read through. It's the kind that makes you pause and ponder and want to come back to time and time again.
Book provided courtesy of Faith Works and Litfuse Publicity Group.
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