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Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity Paperback – Bargain Price, January 1, 2009
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From the Back Cover
Keri Wyatt Kent invites readers to rediscover the ancient practice of Sabbath in this practical and accessible book. Kent's experiences as a retreat leader and a journalist collide as she offers true, interview-based stories along with scripturally based advice and guidance on how to live in a rhythm of work and rest she calls 'Sabbath simplicity.' Based on what Jesus taught about Sabbath and how he practiced it, Kent explores six aspects of Sabbath as Christian spiritual practice: resting, reconnecting, revising, pausing, playing, and praying. These are the antidote to our restlessness, isolation, and our hurried lives, workaholism, and self-absorption. Living a nonlegalistic, sanely paced, God-focused life leads us to freedom and grace, joy and connection. A group study guide is included, making this book an excellent choice for small groups.
About the Author
Keri Wyatt Kent is the author of several books, including Oxygen, Listen, and Breathe, and is a sought-after retreat leader and speaker. She and her husband, Scot, live with their son and daughter in Illinois. Learn more about Keri's ministry at www.keriwyattkent.com.
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In Rest, Keri Wyatt's winsome book on the value of living in Sabbath simplicity, she quotes Kent Kingston, who grew up in a Sabbath-keeping family: "When you've been keeping Sabbath since childhood, something happens in your brain at sunset on Friday when you realize the busyness of the week is over...a sense of calm settles on your mind and the muscle knots begin to unwind. The problems of the everyday are put on hold--bills, school assignments, work deadlines, renovation projects. And because you know you won't be dealing with any of these things for the next 24 hours, you just forget about them. It's the greatest feeling."
I've been choosing to keep a Sabbath for a couple of years now, and Kingston is right. I look forward to it all week. When it arrives, it's like time slows down and my sense of urgency and rushing goes on pause. Everything tastes better, smells better, and I live in the moment, savoring friends, family, my home, my yard, my book. It's a guilt-free day (and who doesn't need more of those? Especially moms?) And I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Our God is a Creator-God, a great Intellect, a Founder and Sustainer and Savior...and yet He's personal. He's practical. And He cares about the small things. Like naps.
Thanks, Keri, for a book that reminds us of how good our God is and how the times and seasons He's put in place are for our pleasure and care. Read REST, and create that sacred space in your week.
Living in Sabbath Simplicity is the type of book you will want to read slowly, gleaning ideas and encouragement from - put away - and go back to later. First, I will state very strongly, this is NOT a legalistic book of does and don'ts. It's about REST and SIMPLICITY as we learn to honor God, with compassion - not a set of rules. It is not a book of step by step directions, that you have to follow to make the perfect Sabbath Day. The author, Keri Wyatt Kent, shares how the Sabbath means to stop, to focus on God, and celebrate and enjoy Him, and each of us will do it differently.For her, it means not writing or turning on the computer, but playing games with her children and weeding her garden. I laughed at this "weeding the garden" because for me, that IS work! But she enjoys it and finds it relaxing and time outdoors with God. I've appreciated the encouragement from this book to not look for rules in it, but setting it apart:
"Sabbath simplicity: a sanely paced, God focused life."
"Sabbath allows us to rest, to reconnect with our faith and each other, and to revise the very order of our lives. It invites us to pause, to play and to pray. "
Keri shares some on Jewish tradition, though not in great detail, yet showing how we are not under the law of the Jewish practices, the gift from God to stop, to celebrate and worship Him, and to enjoy the rest He has set aside for us. I love her quote from Mark Buchanan in the book:
"Sabbath is not the break we're allotted at the tail end of completing all our tasks and chores, the fulfillment of all our obligations. It's the rest we take smack-dab in the middle of them, without apology, without guilt, and for no better reason than that God told us we could."
In Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity she discusses the debate when the Sabbath should take place - when it should start - going by Jewish tradition and what Christians have done through the years. She does not give an answer but encourages her readers that if we are not practicing the Sabbath at all or don't stop to rest ever - it is more important to make that first step in stopping and resting rather than which is the proper day for Sabbath.
I enjoyed this book. It gave encouragement to look at our Sabbath day differently, and to set some more peaceful goals, including spending more uninterrupted time with my children, starting more traditions on Sunday/Sabbath, and making a peaceful, relaxing, restful home. She gives ideas such as lighting candles to set some traditions in setting the atmosphere. There were two little things that "bugged" me in this book. One, was she quoted Rob Bell a few times which made me want to quickly read past his ideas, as there is numerous things theologically I do not agree with him on. She also made a comment about finding it difficult to live in the way she wishes she could in loving God and others throughout the week. I know what she is saying as far as taking more time with God and my family, children, in a peaceful way, yet God does not tell us to love one another only on the Sabbath! These are minor, comparatively to the idea of the idea of REST and SIMPLICITY on the Sabbath.