Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a Restless World
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About the Author
Kate H. Rademacher works in international public health and is the author of Their Faces Shone and Following the Red Bird. In recognition of Rademacher's leadership in global health, she is in the inaugural cohort of WomenLift Health, which is sponsored by Stanford University. She and her family live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
"This theologically provocative work will speak to Christians looking for ways to slow down in a hectic world." --Publishers Weekly
"With great effectiveness Kate Rademacher shows us both why the practice of keeping Sabbath is so crucial and how it can become a reality. A much-needed read for anyone who takes seriously the way of Love to which Jesus calls us--which includes the call to rest." --Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church and author of Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times
"If you do not recognize yourself in the first few pages of this compelling, sage, and down-to-earth book, trust me: Rademacher is going to call your name before she is through. I cannot think of another book that makes a better case for wedding faithful activism to equally faithful rest." --Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Always a Guest and An Altar in the World
"What a refreshing invitation, as timely as a cool drink of water on an overheated day. In these exhausting, driven, and shattered times, may we heed her call to honor ourselves and God by humbly retreating to good Sabbath rest." --Patricia Raybon, author of I Told the Mountain to Move: Learning to Pray So Things Change and The One Year God's Great Blessings Devotional
"Here, we have prose that snaps, practical suggestions coupled with deep wisdom, spirituality connected to politics, and, finally, not just an invitation to a single practice called Sabbath-keeping, but rather an invitation to a more faithful way of life." --Lauren F. Winner, author of The Dangers of Christian Practice and Wearing God
"Kate Rademacher's writing is a delight, and she brings science, spirituality, and common sense together in just the way people like me most relate to and enjoy. This book could be what saves your sanity in these stressful times." --Brian D. McLaren, author of Faith after Doubt
"In Reclaiming Rest, Kate H. Rademacher both inspires and challenges us to restore the deep freedom that we receive in keeping a Sabbath day. She is an eloquent writer and a natural storyteller, which makes this book as delightful to read as it is spiritually nourishing." --Carl McColman, author of Unteachable Lessons and Eternal Heart
"In an era of exhaustion, Kate Rademacher has written the book we all need to read. By seamlessly weaving theology, history, and personal narrative, Rademacher creates a compelling case for the original intent of the Sabbath: not only to restore our week but to restore our lives." --Kathy Izard, author of The Hundred Story Home and founder of Women Faith & Story.
"The church so desperately needs the Sabbath. But so does the world. And creation. Rademacher has picked up something of the ways of Jesus here that the global church so desperately needs to hear." --A.J. Swoboda, PhD, assistant professor of Bible Theology, and World Christianity at Bushnell University and author of Subversive Sabbath and After Doubt
"In Reclaiming Rest, Rademacher not only shares important insights drawn from her own personal stories of struggle for Sabbath, but also offers practical situations, examples, and advice that others can learn from and follow." --Brian Allain, founder of Writing for Your Life, Publishing in Color, and Compassionate
"In candid and relatable prose, Rademacher describes her own journey to a Sabbath practice, while deftly exploring an array of rest-related themes, from theologies of social justice to strategies for abstaining from our screens." --Erica C. Witsell, author of the award-winning novel Give