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Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World Paperback – October 4, 2016
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"Shelly Miller is the Rest Mentor you didn't even realize you were looking for."
--Myquillyn Smith, author of the Nesting Place and Co-Founder of Hope*writers
"Rhythms of Rest is a lyrical, beautiful invitation to experience the peace of heart so many of us desperately crave but can't seem to find. I thought a book on the subject of Sabbath might be a sleeper, but Miller manages to captivate the reader in refreshing and surprising ways. I loved this book!"
--Heather Kopp, author of Sober Mercies: How Love Caught up with a Christian Drunk (Hachette, 2012)
"Learning to practice Sabbath has been transformational in my life. It has led me out of striving and simply surviving into deeper grace, joy and peace. Shelly Miller is extending an invitation straight from the heart of God himself that we all need more than ever in our busy world."
--Holley Gerth, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of You're Already Amazing
"Set aside your to-do list. Put off the errands. Ignore the pile of laundry and the dusty mantel. Shelly Miller's Rhythms of Rest offers both a delightful respite and life-transforming wisdom you can't afford to miss. Awaken to the gift of Sabbath, God's invitation to rest in Him. Let Rhythms of Rest be your first step in answering yes."
--Michelle DeRusha, Author of Spiritual Misfit and 50 Women Every Christian Should Know
"For a generation fatigued by the abuse of hurry, Shelly Miller casts a hopeful vision of what life could look like if we learned to receive Sabbath as a gift rather than a rule. Rhythms of Rest offers a relieved exhale for the weary,worn-out soul. I'm deeply grateful for this message."
-- Emily P. Freeman, author of Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-MovingWorld
"I didn't realize how thirsty my soul was for rest until I read the words in this stunning book. Shelly Miller found a secret door that leads to true rest--a door discovered right in plain sight--and with exquisite prose, she invites you to walk inside. Don't miss this book."
--Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of The Happiness Dare and Love Idol
"This book is a labor of love and a gift to all who desire deeper engagement with God's blessing of rest, through Sabbath. Weaving personal story with scriptural insight, Shelly writes with a rhythm that gently guides your soul to slow...notice..breathe...be.Through the years, Shelly has cultivated an online community of faithful friends who practice Sabbath with intentionality. This book brings that community to you and invites you in, with arms wide open."
--Deidra Riggs, author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are and One:Unity in a Divided World
"Into our culture of chronic tiredness comes a fresh voice in Shelly Miller. This book breaks all your pre-conceived notions about Sabbath. She makes rest not only obtainable but the option you'll pick first from a full agenda."
--MarkBatterson, New York Times Best Selling Author of The Circle Maker, Lead Pastor of National Community Church
"In the Rhythms of Rest, Shelly Miller invites us into more than a Sabbath. She invites us into Jesus' heart. She reminds us that rest is really a state of being: of belonging, of knowing we are loved. In a culture wearied by the rat-race, Miller's poetic voice is a much-needed breath of life."
~Emily T. Wierenga, founder of The Lulu Tree, a non-profit based on radical rest, and author of Atlas Girl and Making It Home.
"Shelly Miller writes from her soul--one that has been seeking rest in the midst of heavy transition and the busyness of life.She shares with honesty and beauty what she has discovered. What you learn will help you love God more deep."
--Margaret Feinberg, author of Live Loved and Fight Back With Joy
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"This book breaks all your preconceived notions about Sabbath."--MARK BATTERSON, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker
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. You will learn:
· Simple ways to be intentional about rest
· Ideas for tuning out distractions and tuning in to God
· How meals and other times with friends and family can be Sabbath experiences
Sabbath is a gift from God to be embraced, not a spiritual hoop to jump through. Discover how genuine rest is possible today.
"Shelly Miller writes from her soul--one that has been seeking rest in the midst of heavy transition and the busyness of life. What you learn will help you love God more deeply."--Margaret Feinberg, author of Live Loved and Fight Back With Joy
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I also want to add this: I read this book twice -- once as an author asked to give an endorsement, and then again as a weary pilgrim who NEEDED these words. I can't say enough good things about Rhythms of Rest.
This is not a “how to” book, nor does it give 5 simple steps for achieving rest. It IS a book that will remind readers that resting is a “life raft that Jesus extends to us every week to prevent us from drowning in our work.”
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If you are longing to find ways to put rest into your life, but hesitate because you are afraid you will lose something---productivity, momentum, adrenaline---pick up "Rhythms of Rest" and follow her journey, along with other real people, to a place of rest. Wherever you are in the search for rest and restoration, some thread of Shelly's journey will lead you to a glimmer of hope and renewal.
You see, I'd heard of Shelly Miller and her wonderful community of Sabbath Society but the name frightened me a little. As someone who airily waved my hand to dismiss such an Old Testament concept, I never took the time to investigate the true meaning behind this community. But God knew my heart and He was more than aware of words I needed to hear.
In the Spring of this year it was clear to me that He laid the idea of Sabbath rest on my heart. Not a giving up or a twiddling of thumbs, but honest to goodness rest in Him. When I began the journey I searched out several resources to help me in my studies. I was undone as I read Shelly's blog posts and how enriched the lives of her and her community were as they rediscovered this gift. Ladies, the words between the pages of this book far surpass any of that. They will loosen the bondage of busy in your life and give you a breath of fresh air that you likely never knew you needed.
If I could give this book six stars I would. And truthfully, it's rare that I would say that about any book. Shelly's words are nothing short of a gift. If you only buy one book this year, trust in this message and grab this one. I think all of us could stand to find a new rhythm...of rest.
Rhythms of Rest by my friend Shelly Miller is a gift to all of us who wonder how to navigate the craziness of our busy lives. It's not a "how to" book but rather, a lovely invitation to experience the "why to" rest.
Inside these pages you'll find stories of lives changed by the choice to practice Sabbath. But you'll also read the truth about the tension we live in between Sabbath and scurry. Shelly has captured the heart of countless women who know life has to be more than the endless piles of laundry and neverending demands of work, home, and church — and as she shares her own Sabbath story, she invites us all to know the One who is the Author of all Sabbath stories.
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