The Way of Rest gathers nearly 200 of Jeff Foster’s most inspiring essays, poems, and reflections on restoring and reviving ourselves when we feel exhausted or defeated. Drawing from his personal journey—including his own struggles with illness and depression—Jeff invites us to contemplate “the Way of Rest” and its potential to transform our experience of:
• Imperfection—how we are “gloriously flawed” yet complete exactly as we are
• Not knowing—how we come to trust in the greater intelligence of life
• Melancholy and loneliness—how we learn to release the healing energies of “exquisite sensitivity”
• Ordinary moments—recognizing and receiving “the closest thing of all”
• Discomfort and discontent—how our frustrations become an opening to deep peace
• Love—rediscovering who we are beyond our carefully constructed facades
• Silence—discovering the vibrancy of living by letting go of thoughts and concepts
“I hope the words in this book inspire, challenge, and encourage you. But most of all, I hope they help you remember that you are life, inseparable from the power that grows the flowers and gives birth to galaxies,” writes Jeff Foster. The Way of Rest brings you his companionship and support whenever you need it most.
Inspired by his own suffering, Foster (Falling in Love with Where You Are) has pooled together a collection of personal teachings designed to offer peace to a troubled soul. Foster describes himself as someone who once wanted to die, but who later fell in love with his imperfect life and set out to offer hope to others. The book is separated into 13 parts, each representing a different theme related to contentedness and rest; examples include "Rest in Imperfection," "Rest in Not Knowing," and "Rest in Silence." Compared to other titles that offer simple daily inspiration, such as The Secret Daily Teachings by Rhonda Byrne and Daily Joy: 365 Days of Inspiration by National Geographic, Foster's teachings are far less straightforward. They're written in songlike prose, and readers might struggle to understand the author's intended meaning as they absorb the poetry of his observations. Though some of the entries effectively provide inspiration, others resemble a stream of consciousness and trend more toward the abstract than the enlightening. Though not every entry will fit the tastes of all readers, there is plenty of insight here, and Foster succeeds in showing his audience his many ways for pushing through life's greatest challenges.