Book Review: Sacred Rest by Saundra Dalton-Smith

January 12, 2018 Christian, nonfiction 10

about the book

Staying busy is easy. Staying well rested- there’s a challenge.

How can you keep your energy, happiness, creativity, and relationships fresh and thriving in the midst of never-ending family demands, career pressures, and the stress of everyday life? In Sacred Rest, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a board-certified internal medicine doctor, reveals why rest can no longer remain optional.

Dr. Dalton-Smith shares seven types of rest she has found lacking in the lives of those she encounters in her clinical practice and research-physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, creative-and why a deficiency in any one of these types of rest can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity, and productivity. Sacred Rest combines the science of rest, the spirituality of rest, the gifts of rest, and the resulting fruit of rest. It shows rest as something sacred, valuable, and worthy of our respect.

By combining scientific research with personal stories, spiritual insight, and practical next steps, Sacred Rest gives the weary permission to embrace rest, set boundaries, and seek sanctuary without any guilt, shame, or fear.

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GENRE: Christian Nonfiction/Self-Help
RELEASE DATE: December 19, 2017
PAGES: 240

“Rest is your soul’s love language”

Considering that my word for 2018 is ‘rest’, this was such a great book for me to start the year reading. But y’all. This book purse whomped me. In a good way. I have several passages underlined and a couple of pages marked for easy recall. Lots of truth here and an approach that I hadn’t thought of before.

One point that really changed the way I see the concept of resting is her assertion that sleep is not the same thing as rest. In fact, we all know that sometimes sleep isn’t restful at all. In order to find true rest, we need to refresh the soul. This requires more than just going to bed earlier or sleeping in. Instead, it spans across seven different areas of our lives – physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, sensory and creative. And the first step is to figure out ‘what kind of tired are you’…. and i hear you saying now, ‘all kinds of tired’ 🙂 Breaking down the different types of rest deficits and some practical ways to be intentional about rest in each of those areas was really eye-opening for me.

The author’s writing style is engaging, and her examples are easy to relate to. She has been there too – in desperate need of rest – and her experience shines through in her words. But her love of God shines through even more. And tying the need for rest to our relationship with God elevates Sacred Rest (the book and the concept) above a typical self-help book. Instead, these truths here – if applied – can revolutionize your walk with God as well as every other area of your life.

“Healing occurs when we allow ourselves the time, space, and grace to be in the presence of God in the middle of our busy lives.”

Bottom Line: If you are burned out… if you find it impossible to say no … if you don’t remember the last time you were simply ‘still’… Sacred Rest needs to be the next book you read! Practical application, Scriptural wisdom, science and research all play a part in Dalton-Smith’s message: we need to become well-rested by intentionally replenishing the areas of our lives that we consistently deplete. Easy to read and encouraging, this is one of the best books on rest I’ve ever read!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / Love it!

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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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 What about you? Where do you most need rest in your life?


10 Responses to “Book Review: Sacred Rest by Saundra Dalton-Smith”

  1. Marti Wilson

    This looks like a wonderful book. We all need to take the time to slow dow and breathe. We never take the time “to be”. Will have to look into this book. Thanks for the review.

    • Kelly Blackwell

      Oh I should add…I can’t pin one place where I need rest. There is so much to do! We are in a rental we still need to unpack. I need to still find a home for us to purchase come summer. My niece is getting married in California this summer, and I am IN the wedding (yikes bridesmaid dress time). I am too tired to even continue sharing where I am tired. 🙂

  2. Janice Moore

    Rest as a sacred gift… How often rejected? I do need to think about this so thanks for the reminder.

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