Friday, June 15, 2018

Sacred Rest - Book Review

*In accordance with FTC Regulations, I am disclosing that I received a complimentary advance copy of the book Sacred Rest by Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD in return for my honest and unbiased review.*

I am not generally a huge fan of non-fiction “self-help” or “motivational” type books. A lot of those type of books tell you what the author did in their lives and how it worked for them. Since everyone is different, I think it is illogical to expect what worked for you to work for everyone. So, as a rule, I tend to ignore those types of books.  Sacred Rest is not too much different in that aspect. I think the saving grace for Sacred Rest was the Personal Rest Deficit Assessment Tool included in the book. I love personality, self-assessments, and quizzes so that was interesting to me.

Author, speaker, and board-certified internal medicine physician, Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD, has written a book which describes and examines what she determines are the seven types of rest. Sacred Rest claims that those seven types of rest are physical, mental, emotional, social, sensory, creative, and spiritual rest. I believe the target audience for this book may be younger to mid-aged individuals. Those who do not have a firm grasp of what makes them the people they are. Or People who are struggling with some form of burnout (be it from work, toxic-relationships, home life, etc.). Or people who are very close to burnout. 
A lot of the things in this book, I at some point have experienced or been through something similar. The road to self-discovery can be a very daunting but enlightening journey. I believe this book may help many who are new to this journey or have gotten stuck and need help in focusing on the peace and joy of “Resting”.

The book is broken down into three parts. Part 1 is “Why Rest?” Where the author endeavors to explain what the different aspects of rest are and how burnout is the direct outcome of not having rest. Part 2 is “The Gifts of Rest” which focuses on why you need rest. Part 3 of the book is “The Promises of Rest” which is basically what the author has spent the first 200 pages building up to. This is the part of the book that tells you how to obtain the rest you need in order to succeed. This portion of the book includes a 30-day Rest Challenge as well as a Rest Deficit Assessment Tool.

I found the first part of the book to be mostly boring and a lot of preamble. I think the first part of the book endeavored to establish similarities with the reader. Trying to establish a common ground and basis for the book. A large majority of the stories and experiences in this book are a montage of experiences from the friends, clients, and co-workers of the doctor.

I found the book to be wordy and it rambled on like a professor giving a speech. I kept saying to myself, PLEASE, just get to the point! I had to refrain from just skipping large parts and skimming to find something that interested me. There were parts of the book I just simply did not agree with. Such as on Page 92, where the author endeavors to outline some warnings that might indicate you suffer from sensory rest deficit. The author writes,
“Here are some signs you might be suffering from a sensory rest deficit:• You have a sensitivity or an adverse reaction to loud sounds.• You experience blurry vision and/or eye pressure, fatigue, or strain.• You believe natural foods don’t have any flavor and crave processed foods.• You dislike being hugged or touched by others.• You are desensitized to aromas others seem to smell easily.• You are unable to enjoy periodic sensory-rich experiences like concerts or fireworks."

I just did not agree with most of this. I believe they are blanket statements which generalize and assumes that everyone is the same. For example, Introverts don’t like to be hugged or touched and it has nothing to do with sensory rest deficit. Eye pressure, fatigue or strain could be an actual medical issue and have nothing to do with sensory rest deficit. I think as a medical doctor downplaying those symptoms was reckless and dangerous.

There were other parts of the book that I just could not connect with because it did not mirror current life experiences of mine.
Maybe if the book had been titled “The Struggles of Juggling Marriage, Career, and Parenthood” then the readers will have a better idea of what to expect in the book.

Sacred Rest is the type of book that struggling mothers or people who have trouble setting personal, professional, and social boundaries could perhaps learn from. I think this book will be an encourager and a life preserver for those who are struggling with getting their life in order. 

On a 5 star scale, I would give this book 2 stars. The book was okay, but just not for me. maybe when I was in my 20's or 30's This would have been useful to me. But I have come through and beyond these issues already. I may recommend the book to someone who I think fits in the demographic that I think the book was targeting.

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