Review: Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

"Sleep is not rest."(6 - emphasis mine)

Title: Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity
Author: Saundra Dalton-Smith, M.D.
Publisher: FaithWords
Release Date:  January 2, 2018
Genre: Historical Inspirational Fiction
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Staying 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.


Do you feel like you never have enough time? Or do you always feel weary for the days' activities? Then pick up Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith's Sacred Rest to "Recover your life, renew your energy and restore your sanity."

"Sleep is different from rest, but good-quality sleep trickles down from a life well rested."(8)

Sacred Rest isn't just a book written from a medical standpoint, it is written to present options that leads to emotional, physical, mental and spiritual rest. I think this book came into my life at just the right time. Isn't that interesting? We all start of the new year with resolutions, of how we can achieve a certain goal, or even to be mindful of how our previous years were. For me, rest is very much needed and appreciated. Though, I want to find that balance of rest and living. And in this book, one is not exclusive of the other. You can still be well rested, and living.

“Rest is knowing that you are preapproved for all of God's blessings. . . Rest is knowing that your worst day is still in God's hands. Rest is knowing the limitlessness of the Almighty. This is what living well rested looks like.”(140)

There are so many great points in Sacred Rest. It is a journey, and I appreciated the author's format and purpose in having shorter chapters. It's a book to come back to. It's a book that you can put down, but as easily, be able to pick it back up. A reminder of what we need, as well as what it represent, Sacred Rest touches on all aspect of our lives - from health to relationships to finding solace in God's presence.

“Rest is not always pleasant, but it ensures that the activities, the relationships, and the situations that deplete you will not continue to be depleting. . . It (Rest) transforms us.”(111 & 136)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Dr. 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.

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