Wrestling with Rest
Inviting Youth to Discover the Gift of Sabbath
by Nathan T. Stucky
Pub Date 23 Apr 2019
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Busyness is a sickness of the soul that affects many today—and it is especially detrimental to young people, who are finding their identity shaped by ongoing resume-building, constant digital communication, and unceasing activity. The last thing they have time for is rest. But rest—Sabbath—is necessary for youth, not just because of who they are socially, emotionally, and physiologically, but because of who God has made them to be and wants them to be.
Nathan Stucky shows that rest challenges youth whose identities are rooted in productivity, efficiency, achievement, and accomplishment. For them, the notion of Sabbath grace both appeals and disorients. Yet through the Sabbath, God invites young people into an identity rooted and grounded in the grace, life, and provision of God. Wrestling with Rest offers biblical and practical advice for helping youth to discover their God-given identity, in which they can truly find rest.
“I didn’t know how badly I needed this book until I read it. Most of us are vaguely aware of how our overworked culture and overbooked schedules negatively impact our own health and well-being, but few have considered how our resistance to rest has affected the next generation. Wise, practical, and theologically rich, Wrestling with Rest clears a path forward and invites the reader into an invigorating reconsideration of rest as a beautiful and necessary ‘gift of grace.’ His experience in both youth ministry and farming make Nathan Stucky the perfect teacher and guide, trustworthy and approachable. I’ll be thinking about (and acting on) the ideas I encountered in these pages for months and years to come. What a gift of a read.”
— Rachel Held Evans author of Searching for Sunday and Inspired