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The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
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ECPA best seller • 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 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 this audiobook, you’ll find a fascinating road map to staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world.

©2019 John Mark Comer (P)2019 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“As someone all too familiar with ‘hurry sickness’, I desperately needed this book.” (Scott Harrison, New York Times best-selling author of Thirst)

“Necessary. Freeing.” (Annie F. Downs, best-selling author of 100 Days to Brave and Remember God)

“There are those rare books that every single waking person needs to immediately go read. This is that book. We’ve found no better conversation or a more much-needed antidote to our culture’s problem of busyness and hurry than John Mark’s words in this book. Beyond helpful and encouraging and insightful to us!” (Alyssa and Jefferson Bethke, New York Times best-selling authors of Jesus > Religion and Love That Lasts

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This book will change your life

Instant classic. Incredibly relevant to our modern life. Do yourself a favor and listen to these words

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A must listen!

Some books have nuggets here and there and the rest is filler. This book is just mostly solid gold. I will definitely be listening to this again. Ironically, the narrator read way too fast. I had to slow down the speed! But he was still very enjoyable to listen to. Great book and worth purchasing.

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Worth it!

This has been a thought provoking topic that I’ve wanted to delve into more and JMC communicates that well in this book and also in the sermon series at Bridgetown.

I just finished this book before getting into a car accident today and what stands out to me other than the practice of Godful rest is the Spiritual discipline of abiding in Him.

Thanks JMC!

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A Must Read - More Than Once!

There are so many books about focusing on what matters - but with humor and contemporary relevance, JM provokes in a good way, to slow down and focus on what matters most. I will be reading/reviewing this book many more times!

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Love it!

Love this book, easy and so enjoyable to listen to. I been running around all my Christian life, loving Jesus with a passion, serve and desire to live out the great comission, but..... just so tired. This book has transformed my thinking about how to follow Jesus, abide in Jesus rest and peace. Slowly applying practices and I am already feeling more free and peaceful, also I can hear God voice!! I feel I totally missed living a Christian life before. Thank you for Jesus for John Mark Comer, his testimony has already and will transform my life, and how I love Jesus, others, and myself!!!!

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Ruthlessly Good

John Mark Comer's voice is KILLER. He is so easy to listen to and this book has so much goodness to it.
Such great insight, read at a great pace and awesome illustrations of what living a life without hurry looks like.

Highly recommend.

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An Urgent and Earnest Message

I do not think this book could be more timely, and I wish I took it's lessons more seriously, I am working on that by the grace of God.

An excellent expansion on a great pithy thought of Dallas Willard.

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I really want to do what this book suggests... or most of it!

This was great. From the forward by John Ortberg to the reading performance of the author, it was a captivating audio performance. The fact that the content is potentially life-changing places this right in the top 2 or 3 most impactful books I’ve read in 2019. Now to implement a fraction of what was written...

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Much needed in this time of endless hurry

John Mark is an amazing communicator, and his approach to hurry in this day of constant distraction and busy-ness is a much needed reminder to slow down and prioritize the practices of building your spirit. I rarely listen to audio books twice, but this one will be one I come back to time and again.

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  • Meghan Pope
  • 2019-12-05

Transformative

A fan of JMC's teaching and writing style, I couldn't wait to listen to this narrative and it did not disappoint. Comer's well worn teaching's on Sabbath wove their way into another book (similar content to Garden City), but the remainder was full of content that was new, insightful, educational and transformative. I took away many tangible/tactical ways that I can be more like Jesus by slowing down like hiding social media apps, minimizing possessions, using a budget, not rushing while driving or at the grocery store, re-wearing outfits. I hope that those ideas don't discourage you from reading the book. Yes, they are challenging but and all very difficult to do in the world we live in but Comer's Biblical knowledge and gentle teaching style allow the WHY behind the ideas to be received as an invitation to the lifestyle that you actually truly desire - to be more like Jesus and live with His easy yoke. I am excited for the challenge ahead to change habits and live in the truth presented in the book so that I can rest easier in this world and be more content with what I have. I have needed a good motivation to do this. My soul desperately needed to hear what was contained in the book because I am very burdened by this world. I would encourage every Christ follower AND every burnt out, over booked, busy person in the world to read it and be encouraged that there is an alternative way to live. Jesus wasn't in a hurry and we can find inner peace when we're not either. Thanks John Mark for using your gifts on another incredible piece.

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  • Victoria Rose
  • 2019-12-02

John Mark’s most helpful work

I’ve been following the teachings and writings of John Mark Comer since I was a 15-year-old new believer living in Portland, OR (12 years ago). I’ve always respected his intellectual and reverend perspective on the Gospel and while listening to this new book, I was pleasantly convicted as well as refreshed. He undoubtedly has found a much deeper level of peace in his walk with Jesus and this information should be put to good use by anyone willing to pause and listen.
I’ve also been following his teachings with “The Way of Jesus” in CA as well as his sermons at his home church on the topic (podcasts) of hurry/the spiritual disciplines and even in his tone and demeanor, you can see how this revelation of deeper relationship with God has truly changed him into a more at-peace and joy-filled person.
Do your soul a favor and don’t just read this book but follow the principals and find rest.

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  • L. Smith
  • 2020-02-26

Oil Change

Not to try to seem overly "clever" but I imagined that my life has been consistently going and going. I finally stop for an "oil change" and inspection and I learned things that could cause my "car " to not last as long as it probably should. An easy and encouraging listen!

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  • Asel
  • 2020-05-26

My favorite book next to the Bible

This book was engaging from beginning to end. It really is the most revelant topic of our age - society at large is living rat race to nowhere. This book thoroughly tackles that subject in such a refreshing and practical way. So much more to be said but I'm going to have to listen to the book again to elaborate. Also bonus points for the author actually reading, that made it so much more enjoyable.

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  • Natasha N. Wyatt
  • 2020-05-31

To slow down or not to slow down

Perfect book for this time of quarentine. Being able to apply change right away based on skills and strategies to help you become closer to Jesus. I am excited to slow down and live a life of simplicity.

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  • J L
  • 2020-02-22

Loved it!

This book was thought provoking, impactful... if principles applied, life changing! Will definitely listen again.

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  • Chrystal
  • 2020-02-20

Grateful for this resource!

Wonderful invitation to the Easy Yoke. Great presentation of research, contributing to a compelling argument for shedding hurry and all it's residue. Loved this book!

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  • Darian Eccles
  • 2020-02-19

Definitely Recommend

A GREAT book on hurry! Slow down and read this book and get ready for it to rock your world.

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  • karissa
  • 2020-09-21

Everyone should read this book!

This book has caused me to stop and reassess my life in a healthy way. I realized I’ve spent so much time on things that I thought were important but really aren’t. JohnMark Comer is down to earth keeps the audience engaged through sharing his raw humanity and journey of “Ruthlessly Eliminating Hurry”

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  • Southl@nd
  • 2020-09-19

Too political

Love the overall message but the continuous inserts and liberalism stopped me from finishing. I agree with every point but man... keep your philosophy of politics to a minimum