The Art of Rest

The Art of Rest

Faith to hit pause in a world that never stops

Discover the secret to real, realistic, non-rules-based spiritual refreshment

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For some of us, resting seems like a waste of time—it means we're missing out on other things. For others, rest seems like a luxury—there's simply too much to do. And for almost all of us, we crave rest, but don't always know how to.

This warm, realistic, humorous book shows us the huge spiritual, emotional and physical rewards of rest.

It shows us how rest gives us time to spend with God and remember his grace. Discover how rest fuels our joy and confidence in God's sovereignty as we learn to depend on him, and not our own efforts, and are refreshed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Adam Mabry shows us how rest helps us make space for relationships, shared experiences and moments to remember; how it liberates us from the pressure of self-reliance; how it gives us a chance to think and reflect; and how it stops us from burning out.

Finally, this book casts a realistic vision for rest that is less rule and more rhythm—less onerous restriction and more liberating art form. Adam Mabry helps us to learn the 'art of rest' with some practical suggestions.

The world never stops. But we need to. And as Christians we can. We can have faith to hit pause and experience the rich rewards of God-given rest.

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  • 1. I Don't Do Rest
  • 2. A Bit of Art History
  • 3. Rest Allows Remembering
  • 4. Rest is Resistance
  • 5. Rest Restores Relationship
  • 6. Rest Brings Reward
  • 7. Starting to Stop
  • 8. Rest-chatology


Author Adam Mabry
ISBN 9781784983208
Format Paperback
First published 2018
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm
Language US English
Pages 144
Publisher The Good Book Company

The modern world's frenetic pace and anxious striving too often pervade our Christian lives and church culture. In answer, Mabry's book is full of honest reflections, theological depth and practical insights. Mabry does far more than provide a list of tips and rules; he reorients our desires according to God's word, teaching us why and how to embrace rest from God's perspective and to delight in Him.

Lionel Windsor

Author, pastor and teacher at Moore Theological College, Sydney

This little jewel of a book made my heart sing. Like most of us Adam Mabry has struggled with the modern tyranny of busyness. In this short book – easily readable even by the busiest – he shows the biblical principal of rest to be a gift of grace, a taste of heaven and a counter-cultural statement of trust in our heavenly father. An inspiring and challenging read!

Clare Heath-Whyte

Author and speaker

Nobody teaches us to rest. Pastor Adam Mabry - like many others - discovered the consequences the hard way. This "starter in the art of rest" explores why we find it hard to stop and makes an urgent plea for us to discover patterns and rhythms of rest before the pace and complexity of life overwhelms us. This is a book I really wish I had read when I was starting in Christian ministry.

Marcus Honeysett

Living Leadership

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