The Art of Rest

August 6, 2018

Maybe you’re like me and you don’t find rest easy. With the busyness of work, social life, church life, family etc. rest is probably the last thing on our to-do list, and that is a problem. “Rest is not a religious action item to be added to a list. It isn't to be performed; it's a delight to be enjoyed”, says Adam Mabry.

In The Art of Rest Mabry walks through some of our objections to rest, some of our obstacles, and some of the lies that we tell ourselves which result in us not resting well, or not resting at all. This is an easy read on an important topic. Mabry talks about how lack of rest can often be a result of our sinful hearts which sometimes tend to have an ‘I can do it all’ attitude. Our world wrongly tells us that the busier you are the more important you are. However, The Art of Rest will challenge your view of rest, it will make you think through your daily habits and routines and it will help you shape your rest based on the Bible.

Whether you are working in a job, at home, at church or retired we all need to understand what rest is and what rest is not.

“The practice of regular rest reminds us of the grace of God in the gospel, because it allows us the gift of pausing and reflecting long enough to once again realize that we cannot save the world”

This is a great read for every person who wants to honour God both in working and in their rest.                                                                     

Alistair Chalmers

Read a more in-depth review of this book in Alistair's blog here