Sunday, January 25, 2009

A book titled Rest, chance to win a copy

Yes, I just read a book titled "Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity", written by Keri Wyatt Kent.

In 2009 what I hear from everyone I know is that we are all too caught up in busyness, and I find that this book is an antidote to that swept away by a "to do" list bustle.
The comfortable chair and garden view on the book's cover will draw you in, and inspire you to create that world for yourself, or that is what it did for me.
The favorite concept I read here is what the words "no" and "yes" mean, and how they affect us. Kent wrote on page 127 these words that resonate with me: "It's not nicer or better to say yes, because every time you say yes, you're saying no."
Wow, it is true!
If you say yes to one thing, you are saying no to another. Say yes to grocery shopping Thursday at 4 p.m. and you won't be playing with your child at 4 p.m. or writing a song, or making a quilt.
Kent advices us to pick our yeses carefully.
A technique she describes is pausing, and I am already using it. She says that we can benefit from stopping multi-tasking, and instead, concentrate on one thing at a time, even if only for twenty minutes.
Before moving on to the next activity, pause for thirty seconds to sit still and breathe.
Keri is having a book blog tour for "Rest" and one person who leaves a comment on this blog will be selected to win a free copy of her helpful book.
If you visit her blog she lists other blogs on this book tour where you can also leave a comment and enter to win a free copy. Head over to to find out more.
And consider a 30 second pause before you do that :)



JG Wang said...

Great blog post. That is a book I definitely need.

grainsofhope said...

We so often forget that taking a chance to get sufficient rest can, in the long run, make us MORE productive. We have to get past the idea that 'sleep is a waste of time.' Beyond that, taking time to 'smell the roses' helps us to return to our tasks refreshed and invigorated.

Anonymous said...

I would love to give this book to someone who feels that resting is counter productive. Please count me in.

Karinann said...

Great post and good idea for a book. I'm always amazed how sometimes God forces or at least strongly suggests we rest when we don't listen and take the rest we need ourselves.
Love your blog-first time here.

Terra said...

"Grains of Hope" won the copy of "Rest", which the publisher will send to her.
I will keep on having book giveaways and taking part in book blog tours, so stay tuned by checking back, or follow me :)