I have recently been integrating Sabbath observance into my life, so I was happy when I got the opportunity to read Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller.
I will say up front that in some ways, this book was not my style. I like straight forward teaching and this book provides a narrative that shares various moments in Miller’s life. There were times when I thought, “Cut the details and give me directly what I need to know and do.” However, as I continued to read, I realized that the frustrations that I had with the book are the same frustrations I have with Sabbath. It is difficult for me to slow down and enjoy the moment. I want to get straight to what needs to be done. The problem is not with Miller or the book, the problem is with me.
Having read the book, I do appreciate the big picture of what she presents. This book is not a how-to for Sabbath keeping. Rather it is an illustration, through Miller’s own experience of hectic season of her life what Sabbath keeping could look like. One of the things that I appreciated were the emails from some of Miller’s readers who shared their own experiences.
If you are interested in the concept of Sabbath, this is a good book to give you a taste of what it could look like, even for the busiest of us.