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To Hell with the Hustle: Reclaiming Your Life in an Overworked, Overspent, and Overconnected World

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This is your wake-up call to resist the Hustle culture and embrace the slowness of Jesus.

Our culture makes constant demands of us: Do more. Accomplish more. Buy more. Post more. Be more.

In following these demands, we have indeed become more: More anxious. More tired. More hurt. More depressed. More frantic.

What we are doing isn't working!

In a society where hustle is the expectation, busyness is the norm and/>Whatbecome DoJesus.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
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Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book!! I truly couldn’t put it down. It absolutely changed my mindset, and it is one I will be coming back to over and over again to refer to as I learn to say ‘to hell with the hustle!’ Jeff Bethke is such a gifted author, and I believe speaks so much truth that our culture could learn from...that really truly has the ability to change our culture if practiced. I will be reading this one again and again...and am beginning to implement some of these things on my own life and my f ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever feel like everywhere you go, you are in someone's way? Maybe you constantly feel like you are running late or feel overwhelmed by the crazy that is a our modern day lives. This book is a pleasant reminder that our hustle doesn't make us holy. One of my favorite quotes from the book is simply"Jesus was never in a hurry". Everywhere he went, he made time for himself and others around him. Bethke does an amazing job in this book of using stories, historical narratives and personal analy ...more
Emily P
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jefferson Bethke has always challenged the thoughts of those in and out of the Christian community, and "To Hell With The Hustle" is no exception. Don't let the name fool you, this book is not an angry diatribe, but a more measured, honest realization that we are allowing our true ministry to our families, friends and community fail due to our society's obsession with the "hustle."

Bethke takes us all to task, shining a light on what we choose over the peace and sacrifice of saying 'No' to the o
Alex Adkins
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Bethke is one of the most progressive thinkers in the Christian sphere today. I think this book shows his willingness to vulnerably share how going viral changed his life and like many of us experience, glorified the hustle. This book has so many unique nuggets of truth about being people of integrity, thoughts on media / politics, and modeling the cadence of Jesus' life. I gave this book 3 stars instead of 4 or 5 due to how it could be misinterpreted. I know Bethke doesn't believe, but while re ...more
Bekah Irwin
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I may need to buy this audiobook so I can listen to it over and over and over again every time I get sucked into the culture around me telling me I've got to do more in order to be somebody. This is such a timely book. Every millennial, if not every person, should read this book.

I had an emotional breakdown 5 days ago in which my main heart cry was "I'm not good enough! I can't be what this culture expects of me!" After listening to this book, I realize just how much I am not alone i
Shelby Wheeler
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an awesome [and necessary] read! Bethke has always been good about questioning the norm, living intentionally, and rebelling against things that don't line up with Scripture. Not in a legalistic, "I'm doing this out of obligation and I want to be better than you" type of way, but rather in a "I really love Jesus and want to follow him because that's where I will find joy" type of way. Implementing this mindset will take time and patience, but I can't wait to see the fruit that comes from it ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic, god
This is a timely reminder for us to slow the heck down!
Jefferson Bethke gently reminds us that Jesus lived a slow life, not a fast-paced, hectic, anxiety-inducing, noise polluted life. Jesus sought out solitude and quiet times for prayer and reflection. He wasn't afraid of what a quiet soul would reveal about him, or what crazy things His mind would think if He let it be still.
I especially appreciated the chapter on noise pollution, and what it's doing to our psyches.
This book is not jus
Liz Schroeder
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best book I've read all year! As a busy graduate student I'm always looking for ways to live a more intentional life in pursuit of Christ. This book reads as if the author is in the room, speaking truth over you. Jefferson Bethke delivers humor and advice that are applicable no matter what season of life you are currently walking through. I have found myself highlighting and rereading parts of the book already, I know it will be one of my most referenced pieces for years to come!
Payton Pierce
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easily in my top 3 favorite books! To Hell With the Hustle is exactly what our culture needs to hear. We need to slow down to the pace of Jesus and quit rushing past the opportunities to love others rather than serving ourselves. Jeff gives so many practical ways to slow down to the pace of Jesus and live a life where you’re not missing out on what God has created us for.
Natalie Morris
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book was like sitting down with an older, wiser brother encouraging you to reassess your life because something isn’t right. To Hell with the Hustle made me rethink my priorities and reassess the rhythm God has for us. It’s not a manifesto for quitting our jobs and trekking across the world in an effort to quit the corporate world. However, it’s a reminder that our lives will be dramatically more meaningful when our focus is not always on doing more, being more, and working more. Ou ...more
Michaela Morris
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Overworked, overspent, and overconnected - the three words that may describe our culture perfectly. This book is an amazing look at not only why our culture is so caught up in the hustle, but how to reshape our daily habits and lifestyles to model after Jesus' purposes and plans. This is a must-read, and one you'll read over and over again.
Amanda Wyse
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
THWTH was an inspiring anthem for any reader who wants leverage in ditching the chaotic life and embracing living out the way God designed us to exist-- as humans requiring rest and restoration, only truly found in Him. You'll enjoy this quick read.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Jeff Bethke has a way of putting deep and brilliant thoughts in terms that everyone can easily understand, and he challenges traditional evangelical ideas better than anyone I know. His newest faith-based book is no exception. In it, he encourages us to take a step back from all the demands imposed on us by modern culture and remember our ultimate purpose in life. This book is so inspirational and timely. My copy is full of notes and highlights and it is one I will return to again and again. *Ad ...more
Taylor Mason
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ll start with I’m a big fan of the Bethke’s and have been on a launch team for the book Jeff and Alyssa wrote together.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a slow start, in my opinion, but it’s possible I just “needed” the last few chapters more than the first. I’m also fairly familiar with his current works by following him on social platforms.

If you are crazing simplicity and a resource for coming back together as a community this is a great starting place. It’s a very quick and simple read th
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down!! As a second year pharmacy student, the hustle is too real. Jeff's thoughts and tips on slowing down, seeking quiet, and learning how to say no were much needed and something I think everyone could benefit from.
Amelia Franklin
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary-new
This book has changed my thought process about my life, career, purpose, and rest. Coming from academia, all I thought about was my next move and how to become excellent, well known, and successful in my vocation. I felt the stress and the pressure, but ignored it because everyone else around me was doing the same thing.

Reading this book has brought me back to myself. I feel an inner peace, channeling the cadence and steps of Jesus as I go about my days and my work. I look up to thos
Autumn Rhodes
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much goodness in this book! If you are overwhelmed by the stress and strain of life, you need to read this book ASAP! Jeff does a great job of explaining the hustle and how to fight against it!
Heather Girton
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To Hell With The Hustle
What a wonderful phrase
To Hell With The Hustle
It ain’t no passing craze
It means no worries
For the rest of your days
It’s our problem-free philosophy
To Hell With the Hustle

So the title of this book just happens to have the same amount of syllables as “Hakuna Matata”, and while I don’t think that the message of To Hell with the Hustle: Reclaiming Your Life in an Overworked, Overspent, and Overconnected World intends or promises
Meghan Blansett
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is now one of my favorites! It is practical and applicable to any life. It was a super quick read and I love that Jefferson ties in so many historical stories or data into each point he is trying to make as well as scripture. It almost proves how biblical principles in a modern world still apply.
It has challenged me to really take a look at my life and say no to what our culture tells us to say yes to. More on the schedule, more extracurricular activities for kids, more money, more vo
Tanner Sandvick
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jefferson Bethke has cued in on one of the most unseen issues of our time: hurry. Not only is this issue impacting those outside of faith circle, but followers of Jesus are falling victim to this issue as well. Bethke uses interesting illustrations, obscure and seemingly non-related stories to bring to light the issues that we are seeing in our culture as a result of "hustle culture." As a young person trying to walk the time of life between college, getting my first 'real' jobs, being married, ...more
Royce Rull
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“When our work becomes who we are and derive our ultimate value and meaning from it, it runs the risk of becoming our God.” — and I’m talking about the need to hustle in life.

In a fast-paced, busy, and progressive culture we live in, I am constantly reminded to examine myself because I have always felt the pressure to succeed in everything I do: as a man, as a husband, as a believer, as an artist, as a friend, and as a servant of God.

Why do we push ourselves to the limits
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read every book that Jeff has written. Going back to when he first popped up on YouTube with Jesus>Religion (go watch it if you haven't) I have seen his relationship with his wife grow, and his articulate boldness to tell the truth of what God wants for our generation become this beautiful catalyst for millennials to start to question the way things are.
The second I saw the title of this book, I knew 1. it was another one that I was going to FOR SURE be reading 2. one that is inc
Faith Lambert
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sleep less. Work more. Push harder. Who needs to rest? Hustle. Hustle. Hustle. This is how our culture in America currently is. It’s a badge of honor to see how hard you can push. How much work can you do in as little time as possible? We expect everyone to be so impressed that we stayed up all night to work. This is crazy huge in college today. College students are literally expected to sleep less and work more. They are expected to stress themselves out completely, to an unhealthy point, just ...more
Matt Sletto
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are two points in this book that really relate to my life.
The first is that goals are finite and final. I've spent most of my adult life trying to set goals and fail. I've even tried to set attainable goals and come up short. I've let jobs dictate my life. It's probably why I've had so many. Jeff talks about formations and how they aren't about doing something but about being someone. One is about activity and the other is about identity. I'm learning how to apply this personally and
Garrett Wease
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Why did it feel like what we thought we were supposed to be doing was the very thing causing this disillusionment?”

That excerpt had a tremendous impact on me during my early going reading this book. After all, a lot the text contained in this book contradicts so much of what I was produced to believe, what I was programmed to chase, what I’ve internalized as who I am. Yet when Bethke attacks these things, it never feels like a personal attack; rather a rejection of American cultural
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Of the three books by Bethke I have read, I would definitely say this is the best. It is written in an engaging way that truly draws the reader in. Not to mention, the topic is something vitally important that is not getting much attention in todays world. I did not really realize how much of a hustle I was in until this past summer and this book came in perfect timing to help me do something about it. Until a few months back I really had no idea how detrimental always being busy and in a hurry ...more
According to bestselling author Jefferson Bethke, the hustle is killing us. It’s sapping us of meaning, purpose and our health.

In his new book To Hell with the Hustle: Reclaiming Your Life in an Overworked, Overspent, and Overconnected World (Thomas Nelson), Bethke provides readers with helpful ways they can shift their focus from the hustle of overconnectivity to living a life that’s full of purpose and meaning.

“We as humans aren’t meant to float in space,” Bethke writes
Vanessa Lepisi
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jefferson Bethke came out swinging with this title. If you've followed his story (or read his previous books) you can feel the new depth and rich maturity that has come from fatherhood and marriage. It has enriched his communication in ways one might not have otherwise thought possible, considering his already profound reputation. This book was difficult to get through, in that every single page was deeply challenging to our common cultural norms. This is not a title to breeze through - one must ...more
Breanna Popham
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The culture tells us our worth is found in how much we can output & experience & do. It says we're better if we can go on minimal sleep & maximum caffeine intake. We are told that we must go, spend, & hurry if we're going to achieve the "good life." Without hustle we will be a "nobody" and we will be unhappy. Chasing your dreams & living your best life now are the mantra of the day & the advertised key to happiness.

So, why haven't we found it yet? Why is the s
Levi Weischedel
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Our culture is owned by our devices... and not the illegal drug kind, but the emotional, self-loathing, self-absorbed kind. Jeff brings to light what we all have felt while scrolling, planning, and living our daily rituals. He offers a simple battlecry that can resonate and ring true in every household- no matter what your current set of beliefs are... a simple battlecry of “To Hell with the Hustle.”

Let’s get rid of our worth being found in how much we work, how many followers we have, how many
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