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Souls at Rest: An Exploration of the Eucharistic Sabbath Paperback – December 3, 2014
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"I cannot recommend Souls at Rest highly enough, and I would recommend it as the perfect gift for those who may be looking for ways to deepen their faith and strengthen their family bonds."--GENEVIEVE KINEKE, author of The Authentic Catholic Woman
"More than a description of and a solution to a problem, Charlotte Ostermann's Souls at Rest offers a remedy to busyness and its empty promises. It is an inspiring invitation to come and see what God has planned for you. This book is an epiphany."--FR. STEVE BESEAU, Director and Chaplain, St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center and Institute for Faith and Culture
"What the world needs now is rest. Charlotte Ostermann, in her book Souls at Rest, drives that home with a wisdom, a depth, and a beauty that makes you hunger for that rest."--SR. SUSAN PIEPER, Apostles of the Interior Life
"God has given us the Lord's Day as a supernatural day in which we can wrap ourselves in the Holy Spirit's tallit and truly give ourselves to Him as a bride gives herself to her husband, inviting His indwelling presence to enter more deeply into us. He has now sent Charlotte Ostermann to teach us how."--MARTY BARRACK, author of Second Exodus
"I love Souls at Rest! It is a beautiful book, and I wish every Catholic would read it. It has changed the way I think of Sabbath rest, and the way I approach human being, especially on Sundays."--MSGR. VINCENT KRISCHE, Pastor Emeritus, Corpus Christi, Lawrence, Kansas --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
CHARLOTTE OSTERMANN is a Catholic convert, freelance writer and editor, homemaker, poet, humorist, veteran educator, and spiritual mentor. Her previous books include 25 Ways to Help an Artist, Catholics Communicate Christ, and Souls at Work; and her feature articles and poems have been published in Envoy, Canticle, Hereditas, Thessauri Ecclesiae, Mater et Magistra, St. Austin Review, and Gilbert magazine. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The book cover shows a sunset over an isolated house near a calm, flowing river, as majestic, terracotta mountains are seen in the background. Also on the cover, beautifully adorned and framed over the gray reddish sky, is the letter "S" for souls at Sabbath. The lower part of the "S" provides a resting place to a woman whose trust in God's safety, healing, and protection are shown as she looks up to heaven, extremely relaxed, as if saying "let His will be done''.
The concept of Sabbath, practiced by few and misunderstood by many, is the day of rest blessed and consecrated by the Lord after Creation. Our daily lives' busyness constantly robs us from that day of true relaxation, stillness, and quality family time when we can focus our minds, hearts, and souls in the presence of God.
The author divides this provocative idea of the 8th day of rest in four parts. Each part is subdivided by theme-oriented chapters. The book includes a study guide with questions and explanations to guide us into a profound and daring discovery of God and our inner selves. She starts from the foundation and continues building up until we reach our goal; a full understanding of the blessings of practicing Sabbath, Shalom.
This book will challenge readers to analyze their daily lives and encourage them to find that still moment when time stops after they declare the day holy and sacred for the Lord. Sabbath practice goes beyond our regular calendars. It is a day within a day where we will make ourselves anew and strengthen our souls, as we continue our path through life.
I highly recommend this book to those readers looking for a straightforward and easy to follow method to deepen their spiritual growth. It is an excellent tool for spiritual directors looking for mystics with realistic spiritual exercises applicable to our modern days.
Reviewed by the author of The Window To My Soul : My Walk With Jesus
Ostermann then explores different ways to reclaim "being" rather than "doing" in our lives. With chapters titled "Be Quiet," "Be Still," "Be in Community," and "Be Not Afraid," she offers concrete means of incorporating different aspects of Sabbath into our lives. She then turns her attention to the history of Sabbath with its roots in the Jewish tradition and its new evolution in the Christian tradition. Ostermann also explores the ways in which observing the sabbath can transform our sense of personhood and help us rediscover and create beauty in our lives. The study guide at the end of the book provides probing questions for reflection.
"Souls at Rest" offers much food for thought. While most of us will not be able to incorporate all of Ostermann's suggestions, we all can make at least one of them part of our Sunday observance. Taking a day each week to worship God and rejuvenate our bodies and souls can only help improve our quality of life and our relationship with God.
Also, do you think Hitler did anything wrong? I mean, is it abortion or murder past a certain age because he aborted lots of jews but the jews were very sad so really he was doing them a favur.