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Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity Hardcover – December 19, 2017
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About the Author
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.
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Excellent questions to help you to evaluate your life ~ where you are now and how you want to live your BEST LIFE in the future.
Includes a STEP-BY-STEP PLAN that includes simple tips & ideas that will help you move from a rest deficit to a more RESTorative lifestyle, a life that you are more satisfied with and can enJOY more fully.
Sound inviting? (Listen to what your body is telling you)
If your answer is YES, then you need this book.
It's time to INVEST in your self.
It's time to design a life you LOVE!
And don't forget to check out Dr. Saundra's course on Udemy too; it is excellent. It is the icing on the cake that pulls everything together. Enjoyed it very much.
This book is a keeper; one that you can refer to again and again. I am looking forward to reading it again, but this time with a pen and journal by my side. I'm ready to implement some changes. Are you?
Most of us think we are "resting" when we are sleeping. Too many times we think that we don't have time for adequate rest or we may misinterpret setting aside the time as selfish. The author addresses these concerns. If you're like me, you will see yourself in many of the excuses as well as the case studies. This book expands the idea of rest well beyond sleeping, physical stillness, or "down-time." It is divided into short, easy-to-read and understand chapters which explain, give examples of, and encourage self-introspection into physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, sensory, and creative rest.
While the author writes from an obvious Christian perspective, there is nothing overbearing or nonscientific in her writing. Being a physician, she has witnessed and testifies to evidence and to numerous case studies of consequences of deficiency in the various forms of rest. She actually incorporates scientific/medical evidence to support her claims and observations. Overall. the author does a masterful job in blending the tones of a best friend, your physician, and a spiritual mentor into one helpful conversation and motivational tool. I was especially encouraged by the second half of the book where Dr, Dalton-Smith goes into more details explaining the gifts we receive as we observe a more rested life...gifts including: boundaries, reflection, freedom, acceptance, and productivity. I also like the additional resources including the Personal Rest Deficit Assessment Tool and the link to a Thirty Day Sacred Rest Challenge.
I definitely recommend this book for personal study and reflection, self-help, and spiritual growth. Also makes a great gift!
I was so happy to discover that Sacred Rest delivered a fresh message with solid data and plenty of personal experience from the author. The most helpful part for me was learning the different types of rest (physical, mental, social, sensory, creative, etc.), what causes them, and how I can find rest in each area. This was a new element of rest I hadn’t learned before and allowed me to focus specifically on the areas of my life that are wearing me down.
I also LOVED the writing style in this book. Sometimes medical doctors write from a cerebral perspective and fail to connect with the heart of the reader. That is definitely not the case with Dr. Dalton-Smith! Her way of writing was beautiful, and I found myself highlighting “golden nugget” phrases in nearly every paragraph.
While plenty of practical tips are offered in Sacred Rest, especially in the first half of the book, I wouldn’t say this is a full-fledged “how to” book. Instead, it’s an enlightening discovery of what may be depleting your tank and an invitation to uncover the gifts God offers when you do rest His way.
1. Think about activities that energize you.
2. The futility of comparison and trying too hard to please others.
3. Importance of treating body and soul.
4. Our mind can either energize or deplete us, depending on what it focuses on.
5. Signs of creative rest deficit.
6. Benefits of healthy boundaries.
7. Take breaks from your schedule to spend time alone with God.
8. Be careful of the bondage of overextended schedules.
Very readable, full of good insights and practical suggestions, "Sacred Rest" will be a helpful future reference and reminder of what's really important. I was given a review copy by FaithWords in exchange for a fair review.
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