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Publisher's Summary

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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Cautiously worth your time.

Reasons this is very worth listening to:
- Important considerations for what purpose hurry is serving in your life and what shifting this may also reveal
- Interesting reasoning and facts regarding where we are as culture with hurry and screen-focused.
- Offers multiple approaches to shifting our relationship with hurry (so long as you do not take his suggestions as rules to follow)
- Particularly enjoyed his inclusion of silence and solitude
- Relatively short, can re-listen later to get some of what you'll miss the first time through.
- Tone is enjoyable and overall the whole thing is very listen-able (basically listened to the whole thing in one day)


Criticisms:
- Still seems very much tied into the American Evangelical culture, to the point much of what is suggested still whiffs of "do this, do that" and some of the ways things are phrased sound like a 3-point sermon
- Fairly dismissive of people with different personality styles, asking people to fit into his preferred style; this is rather inflexible and limits the potential benefits readers/listeners could gain if they are not "rule-followers"
- Both these add up to a sense the author may be a bit young still and possibly has gotten sucked into the Evangelical book culture, this one being a "and my life fell apart so here is the method I used to pick up the pieces" style.
- Instead, could approach the areas he is talking about in a "what effect is this having on your physical/emotional/spiritual wellbeing?" so as to convey the option of a possibly better way of living without saying his way is the healthy way.
- Would be helpful to allow for more uncertainty and flexibility in eliminating hurry. Seems as though following what he says could easily lead you to lay down the yoke of hurry only to pick up the yoke of legalistic rule-following.

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Theoretically sound but choice of examples needs improvement

The main ideas and theologies in this book are all relatively well done. Where the first red flags appeared were from the overly liberal mention of alcohol as part of a person's lifestyle. While I am by no means against the occasional social drink, I do not think it is wise to associate a beer or a wine so strongly with the message of rest that he is trying to teach. I also feel there is a lot of fluff in the style of writing, in the sense that throughout the whole book, he is trying to be relatable by talking in too much detail about the pacific north western modern liberal lifestyle. Finally, around the last hour of the book, where he is talking about sabbath, I found myself feeling lost, as the tone of the book has almost morphed into a sort of motivational speech. What I longed for was theoretically sound and biblically backed truths and applications through and through. Overall the book gave me positive, and then mixed feelings, and can definitely be honed in and written more impactfully. However, if you are hopelessly stressed and don't know how to rest, this book can do wonders for you.

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Important book for our times

This. This is an important book. But, don’t just listen to it, though that part is a lot of fun; live it. Try it out. Do what the author suggests. Join in on the journey, try something different, and enjoy your beautiful life.
Loved this book and the incorporation of ancient practices with the modern life.

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Well done!

I intend to read this again and am looking forward to this book in book club.

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The Book I needed to hear

This is a very challenging book, but a good one. it truly speaks of going back to the way Jesus asks us to live. There is so much Joy and Freedom found in the lifestyle of Jesus. This book helps shine a light of practical ways to change your life to be more like Him.

Also the Author has a great speaking voice and is very easy to listen to.

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Life changing!

This book hits all the key points everyone needs to hear and be reminded of in life. I’ll be listening to this book again and again. There are some hard truths, and many great tips and lots of advice on how to navigate through them. The chapter on Sabbath was incredible!

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Make your ambition to live a quiet life

Such a needed word for a hurried world. We live shallow lives, skimming on the top of the water. There is so much under the surface for us to see if we would slow down and sink our souls into God and others through the practices shared in this book.

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Good concepts

Good concepts. Much more religious book than anticipated. Though I believe the ideas are solid this may not be for everyone.

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Great read

Life changing. Challenging, counter cultural but makes so much sense. Easy to listen to. Definitely a regular read for regular reminders.

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Life changing

Read this book. It will challenge everything you are doing with your time, and attention. What is more important in life? With a healthy scriptural foundation this book packs a spiritual punch!

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  • Hannah Raveling
  • 2020-08-06

Pedantic and Patronizing

As a thoughtful Christian myself, I was hoping for more than self aggrandizing to-do list in book form. The author assumes a simple audience who needs guidance on the minute external details of “how to do life”, rather than focusing on the deeper reasons we tend toward business and hurry. What is behind our need for productivity or distraction? What’s the desire in my heart I’m seeking to answer with this “other”, instead of Christ? Cherry picked statistics and socio-political themes woven with a surface level and performance oriented religious “way” turned me off completely. Ironically, during his chapter “Slowly”, I turned up my reading speed to 1.6 just to get it over with. This one is a big thumbs down for me.

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  • Meghan Pope
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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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  • Southl@nd
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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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Stephen Cabe
  • 2021-04-10

A convicting (and needed) read

John Mark Comer is a very very clever writer. When I came into this book I was frustrated with much of Christianity, I was questioning if living a life with Jesus was worth while.

I really like how John pulls from other authors and experts. The amount of sources he pulls in to this is mind boggling. Likewise, as he spoke about a few different things like minimalism and the need for daily devotion I found myself frustrated all the while thinking, “he does have a good point.”

All in all, after reading this book I still find myself frustrated with much of the Christianity I see in the world, but John’s perspective towards how a life without (or at least with less) hurry leads us towards Christ gave me hope for what could be. I still question what life with Jesus looks like... but the more I think about it, the more I’m beginning to think that a life with Jesus that’s worth living is one that starts with eliminating hurry.

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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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