We live in a culture that values activity, achievement and accomplishment. Whether in our careers, churches, schools or families, busyness is the norm in our lives, and anything less makes us feel unproductive and anxious. We have to work all the harder, then, to pursue true rest in a 24-7 world that is constantly in motion. John Koessler understands that rest is not automatic or easy to attain. He names the modern-day barriers to becoming people of rest and presents a unique perspective on how pursuing rest leads us to the heart of God. With honest, biblical reflections on trends in our culture and churches, he exposes our misconceptions regarding the concept of rest, as well as offering correction and practices to align our ideas with God’s ideal. The book includes reflection and discussion questions designed for both individual and group use. You will discover the true meaning behind Jesus’ idea of the yoke of rest and restoration for your mind, body and soul.
In my work one of the central self sabotages that I run into is a plethora of misconceptions on what rest looks like and how we find it.Â With so many misconceptions it’s no wonder that people in ministry so often reach a place of burn out.Â Koessler’s book adds a beautiful and resonant voice to the conversion surrounding the Biblical idea of rest.
As this is a core concept that I engage with (both in my own life and as a Spiritual Director) I have read just about every book that I have come across on the subject and I honestly wondered if The Radical Pursuit of Rest would bring any new insights to the table.Â It went above and beyond my expectations!Â Specifically I deeply appreciated the discussions about rest as a place and the unraveling of the Biblical idea of sloth.
This book has joined my short list of recommendations on the subject alongside Buchanan’s The Rest of God (which is also wonderful, but has a slightly different focus and a greater emphasis on practical application).
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.Â I was not required to provide a positive review.