Keri Wyatt Kent invites readers to rediscover the ancient practice of Sabbath in this practical and accessible book. Kent’s experiences as a retreat leader and a journalist collide as she offers true, interview-based stories along with scripturally based advice and guidance on how to live in a rhythm of work and rest she calls “Sabbath simplicity.” Based on what Jesus taught about Sabbath and how he practiced it, Kent explores six aspects of Sabbath as Christian spiritual practice: resting, reconnecting, revising, pausing, playing, and praying. These are the antidote to our restlessness, isolation, and our hurried lives, workaholism, and self-absorption. Living a nonlegalistic, sanely paced, God-focused life leads us to freedom and grace, joy and connection. A group study guide is included, making this book an excellent choice for small groups.
- Total Garbage
Truly, author Keri Wyatt Kent is a Baby Boomer. She teaches and promotes that it doesn't matter what you do or when you do it, because God will always accept it, regardless. From her writings that I've seen elsewhere, it is obvious that there are no absolutes in her life. So it should come as no surprise that there are none in her book. This approach toward life does not come from the Bible: it comes from the "peace and love" generation.
She plays fast and loose with God's words; her use of scriptures is sloppy.
As an example, Ms. Kent correctly brings up the part of Exodus where God rains down manna on six days and none on the seventh, to show the Israelites which day is the Sabbath. In spite of this evidence, it is her claim later on that the Jews were the ones who invented this practice, and not God. Throughout the rest of her book, she repeatedly and heavily calls the Sabbath "Jewish". She also conveniently avoids the scriptures in which God is described as calling them "My Sabbaths" (not "Jewish Sabbaths").
Additionally, any good Bible student knows that the Jews--from Jacob's son Judah--were only a fraction of the people who came out of Egypt. Yet she repeatedly calls all of the Israelites "Jews". If Ms. Kent cannot state the truth about this simple piece of Israelite genealogy, how can we trust her about everything else she says?
All of this does nothing else except showcase how ignorant Keri Wyatt Kent really is.
"Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity" is almost entirely a book of mindless opinions and inane ramblings. Sadly, do not count on this book to be a source of material on which you can bank your eternal life.
I'm embarrassed to admit that I bought the audiobook. Keri Wyatt Kent should be even more embarrassed that she wrote it.