Is anyone else tired? No matter how much sleep I get or how much I accomplish in my day, I feel exhausted a lot of the time. 2020 was exhausting, and it seems 2021 hasn’t slowed down either.
After God created all that we see around us, He rested on the seventh day. Even our Author and Creator rested—He calls us to rest. But what does rest actually look like? How do we practice a sabbath or intentional spiritual rest?
It seemed that this is a new topic of discussion for many authors. Just before the global pandemic, it seemed book release after book release was calling for the church to remember the sabbath and keep it holy. I’ve put together a list of books that you should add to your summer reading list today!
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
When I finished this book, I immediately flipped back to the beginning and started it again. The practical tips he provides as a way to remove distractions from your life has been life-altering for me and my family. We talk a lot about intentionality and availability on Discipleology, and this book gives you the resources to do so.
Soul Rest by Curtis Zackery
CZ’s push for us to reclaim our life is greatly helpful. This book chronicles his journey to find sabbath and delivers ways for us to settle into a rhythm of practice. With so many responsibilities and distractions vying for our attention, too many of us have built unhealthy cycles, many not including rest at all. As a result, we burn ourselves out, striving and straining against God’s intent for our lives. We can only sustain a life of purpose if we learn to truly rest.
Rhythms of Renewal by Rebekah Lyons
What a great story of redemption amidst of anxiety and depression! In Rhythms of Renewal, author Rebekah Lyons draws from her own battle with depression and anxiety and shares a pathway to establish four life-giving rhythms that quiet inner chaos and make room for a flourishing life.
New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp
What a wonderful way to start your day off with a quick daily reminder that God is new and consistent each day. Start your mornings by, pouring into Scripture and having Tripp share a story on how to relate it to your life. Learn to trust God, finding His new mercies every single day.
These books have helped me in my journey to lay down distractions and pursue godly rest. When I was able to put other distractions things down and focus on my Creator, the things weighing on my shoulders fell into proper perspective. His burden really is easy, and His yoke is light! I hope you find these books helpful this summer, and I hope you find rest during this season. Are there other books on rest that you’ve enjoyed? If so, please share in the comments below!