Inspiration to create has been a bit of an issue for me this past year but after purchasing these books! I love the feel of the books when I’m holding them but also how they make me feel while I’m reading them. I literally have not stopped telling my friends about alabaster since I got the books.
The Perfect Devo to Start Each Day
I have loved using this guide to start off each day centered and focused on who God is, who he says I am, and why I do what I do. It’s been a great addition to my morning meditation and has allowed me to reflect deeply on what it means to creat and be creative. I’ve loved it so much that I got my friends a copy too.
Beautiful book on importance of resting in today's society
All of Alabaster’s books have a way of inspiring you and calming you as you meditate on either the words written or the scriptures. Towards Rest focuses on many different areas where rest is important. I found this book especially beneficial for me personally, as I tend to get caught up with the day-to-day tasks and the need I feel to accomplish and do things to the best of my ability. Lately, God has been reminding me that He is glorified, and I am made perfect not in my striving but in my dependence on Him. To the world, this may seem counterintuitive, but with God, it is our intimacy with God and our hearts He is after. This book is so timely in the hustle culture we live in today. **I received a complimentary copy of the Book of the Gospels through Alabaster’s Influencer Program.
A Beautiful Reminder
The Alabaster Co. has the keen ability to bring scriptures and prayers to life. The Alabaster Co. delicately pulled together beautiful images that provoke meaning, emotion, and power through each photo to give the reader an enhanced understanding to the idea of rest. To bring a beautiful book into the world as a reminder to rest is exactly what our culture needs right now. The Alabaster “Towards Rest: Discovering the Qualities of Rest for Our Lives of Faith" is giving us another opportunity to reposition our posture toward rest. May we take these books, keep them on our coffee table or nightstand to start a conversation with our peers. May the words in this book be our arsenal to fight well in this world and to be equipped always. Let us all slow down long enough to let the photo and the words speak to us and take root in our hearts. This book would be wonderful for a Christmas present. Regardless of the stage of life, this book will meet each of us where we are at and speak to our weary souls by the word of truth. **My copy of the book was complimentary through Alabaster's Influencer Program**
Learning to Rest
I didn’t grow up with great examples of resting or how to rest well. I also didn’t grow up in a church that taught it much. But I do know learning to rest is important and is a spiritual discipline for the Christian. With this new offering, Alabaster takes readers on a 7-chapter journey surrounding the act of rest and why we, as faithful followers of Christ, must do so. From viewing stories Genesis, Psalms, and other scripture to carefully featuring real life stories of men and women who learned to rest, Alabaster does this succinctly and well. And of course, true to the signature of Alabaster are the beautiful pictures of serene nature and colors that match the mood and theme around rest. This is a book I would read while drinking hot chocolate and laying down on the couch OR as a devotional for myself or for my small group. If I could make a suggestion, it would be to include more writers/authors or theologians of color into the mix. While Nouwen, Peterson, Wallace and others are a welcomed source for their respective works on rest, I wonder how other Christians around the world value and do rest. I also wonder how the practice of rest looks similar or different around the world. *A copy of the book was made available to me through Alabaster’s Influencer Program.*