Recently, The BlogAbout Blogger Network sent me two copies of Scott LaPierre‘s new book, Work and Rest God’s Way. Well-written, thought-provoking, challenging; yet encouraging at the same time. Let me tell you about this book, and at the end of the post you’ll have an opportunity to enter to win a copy!
What are your thoughts on work and leisure, or rest?
We all love R&R; our weekends off, our vacations, our hobbies or personal time. (I love all these too!) We do love to play. Or, are we on the other end of the spectrum, veering towards workaholism and embracing work at the expense of everything else? Probably, most of us are somewhere between those two sides. But did you know that God actually created human beings in His image, and placed them in a garden to do fulfilling, life-giving work? He did! Of course, now we don’t all live in the Garden of Eden, and because of the Fall work is not always a joy and a delight to accomplish. Yet even as we live post-Eden and post-Fall, God has given principles and directions in His Word to provide us with a healthy understanding of how to work and how to rest.
Scott LaPierre has studied the Bible extensively, and in his new book, Work and Rest God’s Way, he shares these principles. Work can be exhausting. We can place too high a focus on it, or we can place too little value on it. Yet if we understand what God says about work, it can inform our callings and vocations, and help us to work in a way that blesses us and others and allows us to be refreshed instead of exhausted.
What you’ll find in Work and Rest God’s Way
In just over 200 pages, LaPierre covers a lot of ground. He presents a sound discussion of God’s views on work and rest, and discusses these not only from a physical standpoint but a spiritual one as well. In this book, you’ll find:
- What diligence and its opposite, laziness, look like
- What to do when work feels like a curse instead of a blessing
- What our true purpose as Christ-followers should be as we work
- What value God puts on our daily labors
- Husbands, wives, children, and their responsibilities
- Rest, and what it looks like physically and spiritually
- and more
LaPierre writes from a Christian perspective, and includes Bible verses alongside each and every principle or instruction. His instruction is derived from the Bible but also includes real-life examples of work, choices, and decisions.
What I found most helpful
I really appreciated the teaching on diligence (and guarding against laziness). All of us will face transitional points in our work lives and careers, and I am at one of those myself. But as I am praying, waiting, and looking for the next steps God has for me to take, I loved the reminder to be diligent both spiritually and physically.
I also LOVED Chapter 16, “The Promised Land and Spiritual Rest.” My son and I have returned over and over again to Hebrews, specifically chapters 3 and 4. Interpreting those chapters has been very challenging for both of us. I found LaPierre’s interpretation to be solid, and both grace- and truth-filled, and such a relief! Really understanding what “the rest” means in those chapters has both lifted up my faith and strengthened the foundation it is based on.
I was encouraged as well to read LaPierre’s discussion of the dangers of workaholism and not taking the time that our bodies, minds, and spirits need for rest. It can be hard to rest! But it is so necessary for us, and not taking that time can have profound impacts on both our lives and abilities to serve.
Spending time, and choosing to spend time, in God’s Word will help us too; to know Him better, to love Him well, and to understand His leading and direction for our lives.
Work and Rest God’s Way would be a great book for families. (The principles of work, rest, and spiritual life will be applicable to single men and women as well, but LaPierre’s focus is more on husbands/wives/kids in several sections.) It is an excellent discipleship program as well for any Christian, although it wouldn’t call itself that per se.
I would recommend that the reader have his or her Bible handy to refer to as Work and Rest God’s Way is read. LaPierre includes many Scriptures, but I think it is also valuable to look at Bible sections or chapters to get a grasp of the verses in their actual context. Plus getting into the Word is a great idea as we read books on the Christian life.
And now…the giveaway!
One FINCHNWREN reader will win a copy of Work and Rest God’s Way by Scott LaPierre. To enter, simply click on the “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes 10/5/20. Best wishes!
About the author, Scott LaPierre
Scott LaPierre is the pastor of Woodland Christian Church. He and his wife Katie are the parents of 8 children, whom they also homeschool. You can visit his website to find out more and see pictures of the LaPierres. You can also download a free ebook there, as well as access more books by both Scott and Katie.
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