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I'm not going to give too much away here, but please buy this book now. If it came recommended to you, don't give it a second thought. We are reading this book at our church for lent and begrudgingly I bought it, thinking it was going to be another one of those lent type books. I was pleasantly surprised. I genuinely can't put this book down. The way the guy writes this book is easy on the eye and if you follow the authors advice, it WILL change your life. A superb and timely book especially given what is going on in the world at the moment. Buy it. Today!
This book is well written and JMC has a unique style that feels conversational and makes it easy to read. However, this book is anything but an easy read when it comes to self reflection as it speaks into our need to slow down. It’s full of challenge, but equally paired with helpful and manageable advice to live a ‘slower’ life. The final chapter around slowing down is super practical but don’t jump to that, take everything else in and let that be the context to what feels like JMC’s manifesto formed as a recovering ‘hurrier’. You might easily become agitated as you read this book... I did at times, but I think it’s important to take into account the authors heart in why he does some of the things that he does, he explains this well towards the end of the book, stick with it, it’s worth the read!
I came upon this book by chance (or maybe God sent me to it)! Either way, I read it in about 8 hours, literally a book I could not put down! (Although I had to for our evening devotional, then I rapidly went back to it). This is just the 1st pass. It has waaaaaay too much valuable, useful information to just read it through once.
I both read the book and simultaneously listened to the audiobook, which was Very useful, if you can, I recommend that you do this. You get to hear all of the inflections and emotions running through the book whilst, also highlighting the quotable and memorable portions. An advantage in the book is, getting access to a free workbook (usually you also get this with Audible, but I didn’t check).
It’s possible to not only Stop the Busyness, but it’s also possible to do it with Jesus. That, is such a relief! God Willing, I shall start this in the morning. Quiet Time; It’s the Jesus way!
(It’s a new-ish year, I intend to gift this book to my family, friends and church. Despite living in Lockdown London, we’re still too busy and when our lockdown lifts, it will be the perfect time to start applying these Spiritual Principles).
I have no problem at all with the author's suggestion that hurry is a sickness disabling individuals and society and that, as Christians, we must be apprentices of Jesus, living as he did. However I found the tone of the writing be simplistic and patronising in places. Perhaps more suited to millennia!s. Having said that, there are some good practical suggestions for slowing down which I intend to adopt.
Do yourself a favour, buy this book and read it every year. A prophetic voice for today that needs to be heard. Practical, easy to read, and a desperately needed message (esp. if you're in a city in the global West). Love
Genuinely one of the best reads of my year. A message that the church (and the world) desperately needs to be reminded of in the midst of today’s distracted and restless culture. As with all his books, I love the way JM Comer lays out his writing in an easy-to-read, conversational style, whilst also bringing in a ton of solid biblical wisdom and intellectually meaty content. I learned (and re-learned) so much through reading this and found it SO practically and theologically helpful. Comer speaks with honesty and wisdom about how he has implemented the rhythm of practice sabbath into his own life, without glazing over the hard parts or the logistical practicalities. If you struggle to say no to things, and desperately want to cultivate time to rest but don’t know how (like me), please, please read this book. You won’t regret it!
I read this book mostly during lockdown here in Scotland and I read it slowly (not intentionally). I made some big decisions on the back of reading this book so it has literally been life changing. Something had to give. I am now working through the work book trying to embed the life practices for a slower more in touch with God life.
Wow. Absolutely brilliant book. One of those, " I needed to read this!" moments. Can't recommend it enough to those who are a bit frazzled in the modern world but want to follow the Jesus way. Basically, he makes the case for an 'unhurried' life, then takes principles from Jesus' lifestyle - Silence and Solitude, Sabbath, Simplicity and Slowing. John Mark Comer is a really engaging writer and very clued up on both theology and the times we live in. There's also a free workbook that you can print off at the end to help you to apply the principles. I've also started listening to the Bridgetown podcasts which are great. 100% recommend!
This is an important book for those of us who are grappling with burnout and lack of depth in our relationships because of “modern living”. The context set up chapters are important as we need to admit to ourselves the truth about how we have chosen to live. His 10 symptoms of hurry sickness audit shows how hard our hearts become when we choose to live life at an unsustainable pace. Savour the truths in this book allow the author to take you back to the gospels to show you the pace Jesus lived at and how effective his life was as a result.