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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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I have been reading Ezekiel this summer and in chapter 20, God tells Ezekiel to show the Israelites their sin and one of the ones that is mentioned over and over again was “profaning the sabbath. Pay attention and you’ll find this answer everywhere—across ethnicity, gender, stage of life, even class. I have been practicing many of the things JMC suggests in this book, but often I don’t feel like I am doing them well. However, I think that this book doesn't really identify the larger problem of our world and our own hearts: the corrupting presence of sin that will remain no matter how simple or unhurried we make our life.

We’re also made from the dirt, “ashes to ashes, dust to dust”: we’re the original biodegradable containers. The advice to disconnect, slow down, and spend less time on social media isn't helpful for young, single millennials and Gen Zers who live far away from friends and family and don't have existing social groups.

They enable us more and more to live in a power that is, strictly speaking, beyond us, deriving from the spiritual realm itself.

Also, I felt this book to be unpractical and really not until the last section did he give any helpful steps to begin the practices for which he advocates.When the sun set our rhythms of work and rest, it did so under the control of God; but the clock is under the control of the employer, a far more demanding master. For Jesus, leadership isn’t about coercion and control; it’s about example and invitation…He simply set the example of a whole new way to ‘carry life,’ then he turned around and said, ‘If you’re tired of the way you’ve been doing it and want rest for your souls, then come, take up the easy yoke, and copy the details of my life.

And will personal improvement is fine, and important, we are designed with limitaitons we need to learn to accept.

Prior to starting Practicing the Way, he spent almost twenty years pastoring Bridgetown Church in Portland, OR, and working out discipleship to Jesus in the post-Christian West. The gnawing questions that get me out of bed in the morning are, how do we experience life with God? Each section is full of advice on why they are essential and how they can become daily, weekly and monthly habits. Like a tall glass of ice cold water on the hottest day of the year,The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry is refreshing, revitalizing, and a shock to the system. We ignore our need for rest at our own peril, since emotional, physical and mental health suffer when we push ourselves too hard for too long.

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