This book will save lives and transform the world. Tricia Hersey speaks the truth about rest, a truth that begins our unraveling from the lies of white supremacy and capitalism. Gradually we refuse to live at a machine pace. We surrender to the beautiful experiment of being human. We return to our truest selves. This is a book to read again and again, slowly, savoring it sentence by sentence. I'll be giving copies to everyone I work with and everyone I love.
Tricia Hersey whispers 'rest is a form of resistance' to me, to you, to those who think resistance is always movement. Her message is essential: Sit. Lay down. Slow down. Rest is a necessary step in reclaiming our power to resist systemic oppression.
With Rest Is Resistance, Tricia Hersey helps us understand that rest is how we can sustain ourselves as we awaken to the truth of the toxic systems of our times. She is not ahead of or above us in this journey, but right here in the midst of social media addiction and overwork and systemic frustration, shouting that she can see an opening. She offers us rest not instead of the incredible work we are doing, but as a way to undergird all our efforts against capitalism and white supremacy. She shows us that our dream space is sacred, and rest is how we reclaim access to the wisdom there. Naps and all kinds of rest are portals through which we return to ourselves. Tricia, sounding like an ancestor who is DONE seeing us suffer, is inviting us to join her and step on through.
Tricia Hersey's voice is vivid, well-researched and evocative. She writes intimately about the liberating power of rest and how we imagine a new world outside of capitalist systems. Hersey's manifesto towards radical restoration is lifegiving; I found myself deeply moved by her principles & authenticity. She has established herself as a preeminent voice in the world of Black liberation theology and beyond.
Lay your ass down and read this book right now! Rest Is Resistance is an inspiring, affirming and revolutionary balm. Tricia and the Nap Ministry's ethos have changed my life, and work, for the better and this manifesto is no different. With compassionate inquiry and actionable offerings, Tricia divinely guides us further into rest, ourselves, and our collective liberation.
Tricia Hersey's Nap Ministry changed my life. Rest Is Resistance is more than a book - it is one of the most vital interventions of our time.
Over the span of several days, I read Rest Is Resistance as a meditative practice to alter my pace and ground my soul in this frenzied grind culture. Unlike other texts that list a litany of strategies to stave off exhaustion, Hersey presents a lullaby of liberation that frames rest as a portal for healing and imagination available to all. Once you open this book prepare to breathe more deeply and come to see the world more clearly. In the words of the Nap Bishop, 'The Doors of the Nap Temple are open. Won't you come?'
Deep beneath the marked surfaces of unyielding productivity, shrouded by the thick plumes of the city, a movement is afoot. Or rather, a stillness. A break from the sensorial monocultures that incarcerate us. A refusal to give our bodies to the engines that world the world. A soft theology of the fugitive. An invitation to the postactivism of rest. If this rude stillness of rest is a sermon, Tricia Hersey is its underground prophet. Two hundred years ago, 75 enslaved Igbo people walked right back into Dunbar Creek, refusing to give their bodies to the cotton plantation. Some say they sprouted wings and flew all the way home to Africa. Tricia's fierce insistence that rest is resistance is more than a plea for us to take occasional vacations, and nothing less than a spell masterfully crafted to evacuate us from the settlement politics of capture. Read this book. Then sleep, irreverently, knowing you shake worlds as you do.
Sometimes the window is open and a breeze comes through singing a sweet song: it is nap time. Grandmother sits on the front porch; grandpapa cuts the grass. It is a song. You nap. I nap. The angels hug us. A book settles beside us. Rest Is Resistance. It is a war we will win.
Rest Is Resistance left me feeling elated. This book reminds us that we are in charge of our restoration. In these pages, Tricia has offered us an invitation to take our power back.