Are you exhausted, like so many women today? Is the very idea of Sabbath rest foreign to you because you have so much you have to get done?
Denise wants women to live with a sense of completion. She wants us to rest and she takes us through fourteen passages in scripture to show us how. These are biblical principles of rest. They remind us that rest is not selfish. It is, in fact, very scriptural. “God, himself, through his Word, gives us – today's Christian woman – the right to rest!” (22)
Denise highlights physical rest, mental and emotional rest, soul rest, resting in prayer, heart rest, the rest from forgiveness, the rest of contentment, the rest of commitment, resting in caretaking, resting in beauty, harmony and peace, the rest of selected memories, resting in friendship, resting in times of crisis, and the rest of heavenly assurance.
Denise's familiarity and understanding of scripture is profound. Her comments on Col. 3:12-17 and Phil. 4:8 are wonderful. You can read this book on your own as Denise has included personal suggestions that you can practice alone. These personal suggestions are a wealth of ideas for incorporating biblical rest into your life. You could also get together with friends and do the Group Bible Study, also included at the end of each chapter.
Regular biblical rest is essential to a woman's health and faith. Denise reminds us that biblical rest is a scriptural mandate, not a luxury. Biblical rest is not a “waste of time” but is a God given way to keep yourself living the deeply satisfying life God intended for you.
If you think you are too busy to read this book, you need to read this book. You will be blessed and empowered.
Denise George has ministered to women through speaking, teaching, and writing for more than three decades. She is the author of 25 books and more than 1500 articles in both Christian and secular magazines. She conducts writing seminars across the United States and teaches a writing course at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University. Her husband, Dr. Timothy George, is the founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School, theological advisor for Christianity Today, and the author of more than 30 books.
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