Friday, September 16, 2011

Surrendered Sleep, A Biblical Perspective by Charles W. Page, M.D.

I sleep like a log unless I have an early morning out-of-town appointment that causes me to worry about oversleeping. This title got my attention because my daughter has always had trouble sleeping through the night. I believe you'll admit, the theme of Surrendered Sleep is fascinating. Medical Doctor Charles W. Page "challenges you to wrap your mind around the concept of a God who is just as active during your sleep--or sleeplessness--as during your wakeful hours."

Surrendered Sleep is filled with interesting statistics and solutions, beautiful scriptures, and prayers. It's not a how-to book even though it's written workbook style. Surrendered Sleep guides the reader into "turning off" when we "turn in" -- clocking out and transfering all control to God.
Book Summary
Sleep Clinics. Sleeping Pills. Sleep Systems. With all the focus on sleep, it’s obvious to anyone breathing (or not—in the case of sleep apnea) that sleep disorders are on everyone’s minds. Can’t fall asleep. Can’t stay asleep. So many problems, but so few zzzs.
Dr. Charles W. Page has been plagued with sleep deprivation his entire adult life. Whether from the rigorous unpredictable lifestyle of a general surgeon or dealing with obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Page sees sleep as a precious commodity. Many of his surgical patients also report sleep problems on their medical histories. It’s certainly a widespread problem.
Although there is extensive medical literature regarding sleep, insomnia and sleep disorders, there is little instruction about these issues from a Christian worldview. Sleep was God’s idea—why shouldn’t we go to the One who created rest in the first place for answers to our sleep problems. One of the reasons Dr. Page wrote Surrendered Sleep was to heighten people’s awareness of the spiritual side of sleep issues, which often goes neglected in health and medical literature.

Author Bio:
Dr. Charles W. Page is a sleep-deprived surgeon. He completed medical school and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and serves as surgeon in rural Texas. Dr. Page is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. In addition to his involvement in the teaching ministry of his local church, he has participated in medical mission trips to Cameroon, Pakistan, Milawe, Niger, Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua. He and his wife Joanna live in Texas with their five children.
 This book was provided by Kathy Carlton Willis Communications in exchange for my honest review or participation in a blog tour. No monetary compensation was exchanged.

6 comments:

Shannon Milholland said...

Jess, what a cool concept - surrendering myself into the Master's care. God may I trust Your heart as You rest mine.

Charles Gramlich said...

I actually had some trouble falling asleep last night but that's extremely rare. I generally have no trouble falling to sleep.

Jess said...

Hi Shannon, I thought it was very interesting. Don't know that I've ever considered just how many times God refers to "sleep" in the Bible.

Charles, your dreams ought to keep you awake! :)

And you two should have alerted me that I misppelled 'perspective.' I changed it but how embarrassing!

Stargazer said...

Jess, had I told you that Patrick had a severe sleep disorder but never did anything about it. Get this: It began when he moved here to go into the advertising/marketing business. From what I've been told and from reading, I feel sure this contributed to his heart problem.

Jess said...

Pat, I never knew that about Patrick but I'm sure he was unable to turn his mind off at night. He had so many ideas, constantly thinking and planning.

Carole said...

Sleeping is tricky. I need to get that book. Right now I rely on Excedrin PM. Doesn't even sound as cool as relying on God.