It seems as if the fast paced society we dwell in craves more. More of our time, talent, and treasure. Kerri Weems stands in the gap and boldly proclaims that we don’t have to buy into the demands of more. Instead, we need to step into God’s gift of Rhythms of Grace.
Weems argues that we pace ourselves to the wrong rhythm, the rhythm of more and “mammon.” The true pacesetter ought to be God and the Shalom he offers. Shalom, as defined by Weems, is peace and wholeness that comes from walking in the rhythms of God, full of rest and grace. Shalom does not come from productivity, it’s experiencing more of God’s peace in the midst of all the things we have to do.
After making her case for Shalom, Sabbath, and Grace, Weems pivots to practical applications of combating pace stealers by guiding her readers to embrace saying yes to their needs (which are really God’s means for sustaining his creation).
Rhythms of Grace is very approachable and easy to digest. I especially enjoyed her study questions given in the back of each chapter. With that being said, this book is clearly geared toward women. There weren’t too many examples geared toward males, so I would recommend this to my female friends for an engaging devotional read to challenge the underlining cultural narrative or more.