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The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World

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A compelling emotional and spiritual case against hurry and in favor of a slower, simpler way of life

"As someone all too familiar with 'hurry sickness, ' I desperately needed this book."--Scott Harrison, New York Times best-selling author of Thirst

"Who am I becoming?"

That was the question nagging pastor and author John Mark Comer. Outwardly, he appeared successful. But
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Waterbrook Press
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Hilary F
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved John Mark Comer's books and teachings for a few years now. He has beautifully mastered the art of using his own unique voice when writing, making deep or hard topics seem easy to read. This book is no exception and, honestly, may be one of his best works. I felt convicted yet encouraged, exposed yet freed.

We live in a world that highly values productivity and hurry, celebrating the people who can "do it all". The church, sadly, often shares this same value. Yet this way of living
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Porter Sprigg
I’ve never felt such joy while being so deeply convicted. This book really might change my life and I’m excited to lean into the way of life it presents, the unhurried lifestyle of Jesus Christ. Comer spoke directly to my anxious, restless and often frustrated soul with humor, and honesty, and deep wisdom. This book confronted the realities of my sin and my hurry which prevent me from love, joy, and peace. Yet it also gently and convincingly presented a solution, a solution embedded in Jesus’ ...more
Catherine A.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry is a guide to discovering how to live a life like Jesus lived. The author' voice is engaging, his anecdotes filled with wisdom. I appreciated the interesting history of our present concept of time and how modern society has mangled the Sabbath. Society boasts of busyness. This book exposes the wisdom, grace, and power of patience, rest, and reflection. I will definitely read this again and again. Those looking to live a powerful life will enjoy this book. An ...more
Jillian Vincent
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Timely read for me as I enter my 30s, what could be my most hurried decade. I’m thankful God is changing the trajectory from the get go. I feel so rushed most days, and in that rush is when I am most likely to sin. I see Jesus’ offering me his easy yoke and I welcome it. In this season, I’ve slowed to listen to God’s voice and I don’t want to return. I found this book helpful in both the why and how of slowing and one I will recommend and return to in years ahead. Many of these practices God has ...more
Heath Salzman
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology, 2020
I find these words from Every Moment Holy to be a fitting conclusion to my reading of this book:

“May I return now
from the world of this book
to the daily details of my own life
with truer vision and fiercer hope,
trailing with me
remnants of that coming glory
I have glimpsed again
in story.”

Of all the books I have read on the spiritual disciplines and habits, this is the one that has most produced in me what the habits are supposed to produce: a desire for Christ and a peacefulness in the moment. I
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Natalie Herr
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
JMC has been deeply influential for me in the past few years in the way I view work and rest, Sabbath and spiritual disciplines. This book pulls together a lot of his teaching emphases into one place. The information here wasn’t new for me, but as a human in this hurry culture, I know I need regular reminders to keep coming back to simplicity and slowing. If you’ve felt burnt out, tired, too busy, frazzled in any capacity- pick this one up.
Erin Young
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Revolutionary? No. Approachable, practical, and engaging, yes.
Carl Jenkins
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easy to read, and plenty to digest. Practical. Needed.
Joanna Jennings
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
So I’m all for enjoying the meat and spitting out the bones, but this book had some pretty bad bones:

“Looking at porn is a good narcotic, healthy even on an occasional and short-term basis...” page 50


(Hopefully what he means is that our culture views pornography as a narcotic, and medically speaking, narcotics are good, and even healthy at times.)

He promotes social drinking as a good way to enjoy the Sabbath.

He often quotes Catholics and mystics as amazing heroes.

He equates legalism with
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Bailey T. Hurley
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Feel like this book is for everyone but especially high-achievers, multi-gaskets, enneagram 3s and all around hustlers who NEED TO SLOW DOWN and practice a slow, quiet life to find deeper communion with Jesus. Comer tackles our hurry culture with data and facts and brilliant quotes. He then offers Sabbath, Simplicity and Silence as remedy’s to this hurried life
Trevor Winsor
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The list of books that have impacted me to the center of my soul has grown after reading this incredibly generous, convicting, and superbly-insightful book. Two things are obvious after reading this book: (1) I would love to spend more time with John Mark (seeing as I live in Portland), and (2) John Mark spoke prophetically to my soul with this writing.

It would take me pages and pages to write out all the quotes, insights, and encouragements that impacted me from this book. So, all I'll say is
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Nathan Smith
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life. This might be one of the most important topics that this culture needs to hear. Comer brilliantly and beautifully walks through the history of hurry to show us how our culture came to its current state. He then offers a solution in that of the life of Christ. Masterfully weaving together this cultural moment with the life of Jesus, JMC presents four practices that apprentices to Jesus ought to be living: silence and solitude, sabbath, simplicity, ...more
Nikki
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me begin by saying that I find it super ironic that after I was gifted this book by my dear friend Porter Sprigg, I raced through it so I could quickly finish and give it to my other friend .

Instead of a money budgeting guide, this book is sort of about "budgeting" the more valuable (and nonrenewable) resource we have: time. John Mark Comer provides guidelines on how to make the best use of time – for rest, for work, for play. It is really easy and digestible, and I would recommend it to
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Akash Ahuja
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
Read this on audiobook. I loved this, and it’s such a good word for anyone in any work environment. When I started reading it, my first reactions were “I know some people who need to take this to heart” and by the end, I realized I was who needed to listen to what JMC had to say. This book is really, really well organized in his ideas, and has a great amount of details and illustrations without wandering and losing sight of the goal. Would highly recommend to anyone and everyone
Jeremy
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A prophetic call to slow down in our modern society. I’ll be meditating on the message and practice of this book for a long time, but for now I can say it’s well worth everyone to read and practice the ways of Jesus.
Abigail Hogle
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2019-reads
The book is amazing. It is completely changing my approach to life. Please read this book!
Nathan Farley
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The only reason this gets four stars and not five is because of the format. It wasn’t my cup of tea, but I suspect John Mark Comer is more of a coffee guy anyway. The content of this book is 10/10. Some will read this and think it’s some radical way of life that’s not possible in the twenty-first century. Others will read it and hear an invitation to follow Jesus, a way experience the abundant life he promised. The choice is yours.
Hope Miller
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
everyone NEEDS to read this book.
Mackenzie Hopkins
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely recommend. Causing me to rethink how I live life!
Elizabeth
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super popular book right now, and it should be. Calling out our culture of hurry, the lack of true rest and sabbath, and our disconnect from God, ourselves, and reality because of it. Just a lot of solid points & practical ways to shift our lifestyle to match that of Jesus’ Way. Lots of quotes from Dallas Willard and other badass’ of the faith - it’s almost just like JMC transferring what he’s been learning in a really conversational easy to read way. Read it.
Sophie Stoddard
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. I wish every follower of Jesus I know could experience the means of grace that is this book. Thank you John Mark!
Natalyn Houk
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ever feel tired, lost, and just plain burnt out? Same. In "The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry," by John Mark Comer, we begin to see this problem is more common than we think. Are we replacing Jesus with striving to keep up with everyone and everything? Comer helps us refocus and retrain our minds to think differently and ditch the hurry mentality.

Honestly, I loved this book. Sometimes Christian books tend to get overly preachy, or just feel cheesy. This book brought enough preaching and truth
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Olivia
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really refreshing perspective.
Jordan
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deeply needed stuff.
Ryan Koenig
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read. I binge-read a book on hurry which was fun. Highly recommend.
Glenn Johnson
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the most formative, hopeful, and thought-provoking books I've ever read on following Jesus in our current time and place. I've loved all of John Mark Comer's books, but this is easily his most practical and challenging. Must read for anyone who feels rushed, tired, or over-busy.
Angela Payne
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough good about this book! It was such an easy read with so much truth and practical application for living a life based on the practices and habits of Jesus. I found this book to be inspiring, perspective shaping and I loved the authors style of writing. He adds wit and humour to every page but it doesn’t take away from the very important truths expressed. I would recommend this book to everyone I know because “being busy” is an epidemic that needs some healthy perspective.
Matt Kottman
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Comer hits on a modern-day epidemic. He isn't alone in this endeavor. Each title covers a lot of common ground but brings something unique to the table. The modern day prophets of today are the productivity gurus. God becomes productivity, and those who help you be more productive become your saviors.
Comer reminds us that doing more isn't necessarily better. Comer's unique contribution to countering the productivity gods is giving the reader rules to implement in their lives. By rules he means
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Leah Marchello
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
My favorite teacher handed this book to me after noticing I took slight interest in it. "It looks really good," I said. He confirmed that it was. Liking self-help type books in general, it didn't bother me when he said it had a 'little bit of Jesus in it.' Spoiler; there's a whole lot of Jesus. Even though I'm not religious I like to think that I'm very open-minded to good ideas, no matter where they come from, so I decided to keep reading the book even after I realized it was all Jesus. The ...more
Paul Elliott
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
“For many of us the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that we will become so distracted and rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a mediocre version of it. We will just skim our lives instead of actually living them.” - John Ortberg

A helpful critique of the way many of us live our daily lives. Whether it’s being addicted to our phones and social media, keeping too many hobbies, being sucked into Netflix, traveling too much, kids activities...many of us are
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“Ultimately, nothing in this life, apart from God, can satisfy our desires. Tragically, we continue to chase after our desires ad infinitum. The result? A chronic state of restlessness or, worse, angst, anger, anxiety, disillusionment, depression—all of which lead to a life of hurry, a life of busyness, overload, shopping, materialism, careerism, a life of more…which in turn makes us even more restless. And the cycle spirals out of control.” 2 likes
“To restate: love, joy, and peace are at the heart of all Jesus is trying to grow in the soil of your life. And all three are incompatible with hurry.” 1 likes
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