Friday, October 19, 2012

A Woman's Right To Rest: A Book Review

About The Book:

This book presents the fourteen different types of biblical rest and shows how tired and overworked women can incorporate them into their everyday lives.

Today's Christian women are tired. They battle exhaustion--physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. They have too much work to do, and far too many people who depend on them. While they may treasure their roles as wives, mothers, church volunteers, and career women, oftentimes, in trying to manage everything well, they forfeit personal rest and refreshment time. Without necessarily meaning to, family members, employers, society, and even the church often urge women to work harder and accomplish more. Some women today believe they have no "right" to rest. Many have never been given permission to rest.

Some Christian women admit they feel guilty or selfish when they rest, as if they are wasting their time. These women have never discovered the life-enhancing secrets of biblical rest--the type of rest God's Word clearly teaches. Women need to know that God created them to rest, both the "put-up-your-feet-for-ten-minutes-rest," as well as the deeply-satisfying, life-renewing rest God's Word teaches. God gives his daughters permission to rest--the right to rest!

In A Woman's Right to Rest, you will discover the fourteen distinctive types of rest Scripture teaches and encourages, and that biblical characters (including Jesus himself) demonstrate in the Gospels. You will learn how to incorporate each type of rest into your busy, everyday life.
What this book will do for readers:
  • Explain biblical rest and how it differs from society's definition of rest
  • Teach the fourteen different types of biblical rest and how to incorporate them into everyday life
  • Show Christian women that biblical rest is a Scriptural mandate, not a luxury
  • Explain why regular biblical rest is essential to a woman's life, work, and faith
  • Show how biblical rest empowers and enhances a woman's total health, relationships, work/career, and God-called ministry to others
  • Provide practical ways to rest (as taught by Scripture), showing how to make each rest time a meaningful and spiritual experience
About The Author:

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. Her books include I Am My Sister's Keeper,What Women Wish Pastors Knew, and The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister. She has traveled the world, and spoken to and met women from many different cultures. She conducts writing-to-publish seminars across the United States and teaches "The Writing Minister," a 13-week writing-to-publish course, at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University. Denise is married to Dr. Timothy George, founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School; theological advisor for Christianity Today; and author of more than 30 books.

My Review:

Denise George has written a book that ALL women need to read. We run ourselves so ragged that most of the time we don't know whether we are coming or going. And we are so busy looking after others needs that we forget that we need to take care of ourselves. Rest is so very important and yet many of us neglect this most important issue. 

In her book, A Woman's Right to Rest, George cover 14 types of rest and them importance of each of them in our lives. She teaches how it is okay to say no, and not only is it okay but so necessary! We don't do it enough. The chapter that has resonated to me most at this point in my life, is chapter two titled, "A Woman's Need for Mental and Emotional Rest". I of course read the whole book for review purposes but am definitely going to go through it again more slowly as a personal Bible study. God gives us the right to rest and we need to do that. Allow Him to guide us to and through this rest period to be a greater tool for His work here on Earth. 

The book not only gives valuable information but also personal application ideas and questions for small group studies. Perfect for woman's Bible study times or even a book club get-together.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase A Woman's Right To Rest online from Leafwood Publishing. It is also available at your favorite local Christian bookseller.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Leapwood Publishers, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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