The Art of Rest: Faith To Hit Pause In A World That Never Stops

Discover the secret to real, realistic, non-rules-based rest

For some of us, resting seems like a waste of time—it means we’re missing out on other things. For others, rest seems like a luxury—there’s simply too much to do. And for almost all of us, we crave rest, but don’t always know how to.

This warm, realistic, humorous book shows us the huge spiritual, emotional and physical rewards of rest.

It shows us how rest gives us time to spend with God and remember his grace. Discover how rest fuels our joy and confidence in God’s sovereignty as we learn to depend on him, and not our own efforts, and are refreshed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Adam Mabry shows us how rest helps us make space for relationships, shared experiences and moments to remember; how it liberates us from the pressure of self-reliance; how it gives us a chance to think and reflect; and how it stops us from burning out.

Finally, this book casts a realistic vision for rest that is less rule and more rhythm—less onerous restriction and more liberating art form. Adam Mabry helps us to learn the ’art of rest’ with some practical suggestions.

The world never stops. But we need to. And as Christians we can by having faith to hit pause and experience the rich rewards of God-given rest.

Adam Mabry
Adam is the Lead Pastor of Aletheia Church in Boston, MA — a growing, diverse church passionately committed to bringing the truth, grace, and the changing power of the Gospel for the glory of God and the good of all people.

Since getting married to Hope in 2003, God has taken the Mabry family on amazing adventures and through some pretty tough challenges. About 4 months after marriage, they moved to Edinburgh, Scotland to help plant two new churches. For five years, they labored alongside a great team, had two more children, and saw God do amazing things. Today there stand two new churches where there were none — and they're both grateful for that grace.

In 2009, the Adam transitioned back to the USA to plant Aletheia Church in Boston. Fueled with a passion for God’s truth and grace to permeate all areas of society, Adam loves pastoring an intentionally multi-ethnic, disciple-making church. Since starting Aletheia in his living room at 26, the church has not ceased to grow and reach those who were once far from God — and he's really grateful for that grace, too.

Completing his theological studies at Reformed Theological Seminary (M.A.R) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Th.M.) and (D.Min.), he is now working on his Ph.D. at The University of Aberdeen, and stays busy preaching and teaching both at home and as a guest speaker at various events around the country. You can read more about his recent work at