In 2013 Shelly Miller started the Sabbath Society, “a group of hundreds declaring “I’m all in” when it comes to making rest realistic in our busy world.” The book Rhythms of Rest was birthed from that community.
I discovered them back in March, right around the time I decided to observe Sabbath regularly. I got off to a rocky start, but through trial and error I figured out what it looks like for me to rest, recharge, and draw closer to God in stillness. The #SabbathSociety emails and online community greatly encouraged me in my journey.
Having experienced the benefits of taking a regular Sabbath, I was thrilled to be a part of the Rhythms of Rest launch team! As a member of the team, I read the book before it was released, participated in chapter discussions, and connected with others who are excited about Sabbath and its benefits.
In our culture, many of us are stressed out and over scheduled. We often tell ourselves, “I don’t have time to rest.” We wear busy as a badge of honor and neglect what our soul and body need most in hopes of pleasing others or achieving more.
In Rhythms of Rest, Shelly Miller talks about the life-giving essence of Sabbath without being legalistic. Not only does she tell us what the Bible says about it but shares real life experiences of the #SabbathSociety community along with practical suggestions for removing the obstacles that prevent us from keeping this day set apart.
The undercurrent of the book is Shelly’s personal story of how Sabbath helped her and her family weather a season of uncertainty. You won’t feel judged when reading this book, but rather progressively awaken to the importance of consistent and intentional rest. It is a breath of fresh air amid a culture that often focuses on how to do more and be more.
Whether observing Sabbath is a new adventure or an established ritual for you, this book will encourage you set aside self-sufficiency and lean into a God who has given us the gift of rest.