I can be a very anxious person at times. If we are all honest, life is difficult, messy, and requires a lot of work, and I have a tendency to try and handle this on my own. And just as Fadling introduces in his book, this leads to a fast-paced, frenetic way of living that rarely if ever takes the time to rest as Jesus taught us to rest in our loving Father. This book is all about the vision of changing our hurried pace of life into an unhurried and rest-full one.
The book begins with opening our eyes to the frenetic type of life that our selves and our culture have planned out for us. Efficiency and speed have become king, and we need to keep up with the pace of the world around us. But is this how Jesus ministered and lived His life on earth? Fadling shows us how Jesus’ ministry was actually very relaxed, in a resting trust in His Father kind of way, and calls us to live and think likewise.
How can I talk about the Christian life as walking with God when I so often live it at a sprint?Fadling, pg. 14
Throughout the book, we see how this unhurried type of life relates to our temptations, how we love and care for each other, how we take time to pray, suffer, and grow in maturity as believers. Sabbath rest is a big topic that we so often get wrong in our work-a-day world. Often our work defines who we are, but Fadling encourages us to view our work for the Lord as grounded in the rest that God has given us.
We err when we try to establish our identity through our work rather than realizing that our identity is shaped and strengthened in the place of Sabbath rest and then expressed in our work.Fadling, pg. 115
This has been one of the most helpful books I’ve read this year. As I read, there were so much wrong thinking being confronted. I tend to view fast-paced productivity and spiritual maturity as equal. But this book has truly slowed me down to see the value in a rest-full life. This doesn’t necessarily mean easy or less busy, but it does mean that we view our work and our ministry through the lens of God’s work on our behalf, as opposed to what we can do for Him.
*This book was graciously provided by IVPress in exchange for an honest review.*
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