About Sacred Rest:

Sacred Rest book coverStaying busy is easy. Staying well rested- there’s a challenge.
How can you keep your energy, happiness, creativity, and relationships fresh and thriving in the midst of never-ending family demands, career pressures, and the stress of everyday life? In Sacred Rest, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a board-certified internal medicine doctor, reveals why rest can no longer remain optional.

Dr. Dalton-Smith shares seven types of rest she has found lacking in the lives of those she encounters in her clinical practice and research-physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, creative-and why a deficiency in any one of these types of rest can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity, and productivity. Sacred Rest combines the science of rest, the spirituality of rest, the gifts of rest, and the resulting fruit of rest. It shows rest as something sacred, valuable, and worthy of our respect.

By combining scientific research with personal stories, spiritual insight, and practical next steps, Sacred Rest gives the weary permission to embrace rest, set boundaries, and seek sanctuary without any guilt, shame, or fear.

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My Review

Having recently read Shelly Miller’s Rhythms of Rest, I was particularly interested in picking up a copy of Sacred Rest. The two certainly provide two excellent takes on true rest.

I preferred Sacred Rest, finding the tone and applications approachable, implementable, and — frankly — convicting. The book encourages interaction, suggesting that the reader start with a (provided) self-assessment prior to deep-diving. (Hence the convicting descriptor, as I found several areas I could stand to seriously rest!)

Dr. Dalton-Smith noted that she hoped to come across as (paraphrase here!) a BFF the reader meets over coffee, who just happens to also be a doctor. At first I was skeptical, having seen enough books that attempt/claim that without really succeeding. But — Dr. Dalton-Smith succeeds, and I applaud her. I appreciate not only her approachability, but also the fact that she doesn’t flaunt her credentials. She acknowledges their existence but doesn’t shove them down the reader’s throat!

An encouraging read for men and women alike. I believe everyone can find multiple takeaways to implement.

I received a free copy of the book from Litfuse. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith bio picDr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an author, speaker, and board-certified physician. She has an active medical practice in Alabama (near the Birmingham area). She received her B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Georgia, and graduated with honors from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Baker College and Davenport University in Michigan teaching courses on health, nutrition, and disease progression.

Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women’s Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the author of “Set Free to Live” and “Come Empty” (winner 2016 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year and 2016 Illumination Award Gold medalist). She is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and a repeat keynote speaker at their annual gathering. She has shared her tips on merging faith and medicine with over 16,000 health care professionals to encourage the current and next generation of doctors to treat the whole person.

Find out more about Saundra at http://ichoosemybestlife.com.