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Stillness. Prayer. Sabbath. In a restless world, what do those words even mean?
Public health expert Kate H. Rademacher grew up thinking it was up to humans to bring healing and justice to earth. Saving the world meant working long hours, answering emails day or night, and competing for professional awards and funding. In an era of pandemic, racial injustice, and deepening inequality, who's got time for a nap?
Stressed out and frazzled, Rademacher landed on the Christian story, in which a sought-after Savior retreats to solitary places and prays alone in the wilderness. In the pages of Reclaiming Rest, Rademacher tells the story of a year of monthly Sabbath retreats, during which she withdraws from family and work obligations for periods of solitude. She also experiments with disciplines like walking, praying, taking a break from social media, and finding a Sabbath buddy. In lyrical and astute prose, Rademacher teases out answers to questions like: What does rest in a restless world look like? How is Sabbath connected to issues of justice? Vocation? Parenting? Simplicity?
Ultimately, Rademacher claims, Sabbath pierces our illusions of self-reliance and control, and that's good news. What if keeping the Sabbath is not only a commandment to obey but a freedom to reclaim?
Kate H. Rademacher grew up outside of Boston and now lives in Chapel Hill with her family. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. Kate’s professional work is focused on international public health. Kate is the author of three books, Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a Restless World; Their Faces Shone: A Foster Parent’s Lessons on Loving and Letting Go; and Following the Red Bird: First Steps into a Life of Faith. In recognition of Rademacher's leadership in global health, she was selected for the inaugural cohort of WomenLift Health, which is sponsored by Stanford University.
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Monica Corbitt Rivers is a licensed psychologist, talent maximizer, and people and culture champion. She is passionate about health and wellbeing and believes that her personal mission is to help others realize the fullness of their vocational calling. Over the course of her career, Monica has held leadership roles in healthcare and education and supported leaders at all levels across sectors and continents as an organization development consultant and executive coach. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University.