Sacred Rest by Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD

As the back cover of Sacred Rest says, "Staying busy is easy, Staying well rested--now there's a challenge." In our modern world today, how true are these words for you?

Saundra Dalton-Smith is not only a medical doctor, she is a mom to two boys, a busy wife, and carries several other roles like many women today. Sacred Rest is written from the point of view of someone who understands what it is like to be tired and in need of rest. Yet, Dalton-Smith also shares how she looked to God to help her and those of us who read her book to find the rest we need. She purposely wrote the book with short chapters so that you can read it in bits and pieces to fit it into your schedule and then take the time to apply it to your life. In part 1, "Why Rest?" Dalton-Smith help you understand different types of rest so that you can see which ones that you need the most. In the second section, "The Gifts of Rest," she discusses the spiritual aspects of rest in 12 areas of your life. In the third part, she shares "The Promises of Rest." There is also a "Personal Rest Deficit Assessment Tool" and access to an on-line tool called the "Thirty-Day Sacred Rest Challenge."

Sacred Rest offers a lot of good solid information from someone who has clearly lived a busy life, who understands the importance of rest as both a woman and a doctor, and someone who wants to help the reader live a better life. I found a lot of helpful advice and encouragement within this book. I thought the author wrote at a level that the reader could clearly relate to and understand. While I did read the book straight through for this review, I would encourage readers to break it up and read it more slowly, journaling along the way to discover how to best make life changes leading to a more restful life.

I received Sacred Rest from FaithWords/Hachette Book Group. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.


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