The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

Book Blurb:

“Who am I becoming?”

That was the question nagging pastor and author John Mark Comer. Outwardly, he appeared successful. But inwardly, things weren’t pretty. So he turned to a trusted mentor for guidance and heard these words:

“Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life.”

It wasn’t the response he expected, but it was–and continues to be–the answer he needs. Too often we treat the symptoms of toxicity in our modern world instead of trying to pinpoint the cause. A growing number of voices are pointing at hurry, or busyness, as a root of much evil.

Within the pages of this book, you’ll find a fascinating roadmap to staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own, and I am writing a voluntary review.

AnnaScott’s Review:

I loved this book. I read a lot of books about minimalism, and I read a lot about living more like Jesus, and so I was a big fan of combining the two.

Let’s just start with the writing style. John Mark Comer writes very similarly to how I talk/think, and so I am fully convinced that we would be instant friends if we were ever to meet in person. He is so sarcastic, and reading this book made him a real person. It was so relatable, but bigger than that, it was enjoyable, because it felt like having a conversation with a friend.

Moving on to the content. I loved how he frames the Christian life as being apprentices to Jesus, and then went on to pull out details of Jesus’ life that so often get missed or overlooked as he convinces readers why we all need to slow down. He goes on to offer tips and guidelines for how to help achieve this elimination of hurry, but does so in a way that is so relatable and doesn’t feel judgy or condescending at all. I also loved how much of a human he is. So often pastors/authors can come across as next-level Christians who only ever talk or think about Jesus, but Comer talks openly about his struggles, his love for The West Wing, enjoying a glass of wine, and other completely normal human things.

Overall, while not everything in this book was something I could implement (my job literally requires me to keep my notifications on), I am thoroughly on board with eliminating some of the hurry in my life, and Sundays are now fully protected to be a Sabbath.


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