Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March Pass the Book - Sabbath (Guest Blogger)

Can you believe it's time to pass the 8th book for Pass the Book:Year Two? This month I am excited to have a guest post by Cheri of Scrap Dreams. Cheri has graciously provided this month's book, so I'll let her tell you all about it.
Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller is, at its core, about the natural rhythm of life, the absolute necessity of rest, and the violence we inflict upon ourselves and those around us by always being “too busy” to truly rest and renew ourselves. It is a call to slow down and enjoy life instead of rushing through it.

“Sabbath” was on my reading list and was gifted to me by my daughter Becca for Christmas. It was one of many books I received for Christmas, but the first one I read. It is an easy read – the chapters are each short essays, complete on their own, but also building on the rest. Most of the chapters are only 3-5 pages long so this book is easy to read in short spurts and set back down, but what you read is a complete thought in itself. I finished (okay devoured) the entire book in less than a week. And I enjoyed it so much, that I wanted to share!

Although written primarily from a Judeo-Christian theology, “Sabbath” incorporates examples from many other religions and philosophies (Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu) and even from science and nature, showing that the biological need for rest and renewal is common throughout the world and the message is intended to reach a broad audience, regardless of personal beliefs. Each chapter ends with a suggested “Sabbath practice” that you can try or not, as your needs and desires dictate. I recommend this book for anyone who needs a reminder to slow down.

Cheri, thanks so much for providing this great book and sharing your thoughts about it here!

Cheri was kind enough to send the book on to me first, and I have enjoyed it tremendously. If you'd like to be in the draw to be the next recipient of this book, please leave a comment telling me when you last felt rested and renewed.

(Click here for all the details about Pass the Book:Year Two.)

7 comments:

Alison said...

Sounds like a good read..please put me in for the draw Melissa.'The Girls from Ames' winner post is on my blog
Alison xx

Ellyn said...

that looks like a great read! I felt rested when I woke up this morning... until hubby told me there was a leak in the ceiling. Then I felt stressed

Maria Ontiveros said...

Sounds inspiring. Please put my name in the draw. I do yoga on Sundays and it's definitely renewing.
Rinda

Fiona said...

Sounds like an interesting read, please put my name in the draw. I last felt rested last week when I got away for a few days with my husband without the kids.

scrappyjacky said...

This sounds really interesting,Melissa. I've just received 'Tantalising Textures' from Fiona....and can't wait to start on it.

Karen said...

I must admit I am much more rested and stress-free since I retired. This book, however, has been on my wish list for a while, so I'd love to be included in the draw. Thanks!

Beverly said...

I felt rested and renewed while I was on Little Gasparilla...was that just a week and a half ago?!