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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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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

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“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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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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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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Tremendous

What a wonderful and life-giving invitation. I cannot recommend enough. If you want to experience the yoke of Jesus in more practical and tangible ways this book will encourage you along that epic journey.

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Loved it!

This book contains very transformative lessons and truths in this hurried age. I am thankful to learn from it.

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Will be listening again!

Practical presentation of what following Jesus in your daily life actually looks like! All will benefit, even those who aren't Christians. Learn how to find peace and rest in this season of your life.

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One of the best books I’ve read in a long time!

This is a must read! Over the course of a year I read a lot of books, but I don’t leave feedback often- I had to here. The timing of this book couldn’t have been better than for this cultural moment we find ourselves in. The information here is simultaneously insightful, challenging, encouraging, and incredibly practical. I love how John Mark does the reading of his own books- he does a great job and it adds to the experience. Without a doubt, this book can be life changing! Thank you! And for those who have not already done so, you should definitely check out John Mark Comer’s podcast and the sermon series through his church Bridgetown- he is incredibly gifted and it is clear the Spirit is moving powerfully through him and his ministry.

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a great truth for everyone

my second book from this author. I can't get enough. he is humble and humorous and gives credit to all those who inspired him. I feel he grabs all the good fruit from his learning and gives it to us in easy to eat servings.

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Great Invitation to Begin, Eliminating, Hurry

As a husband and father of two girls under 20 months, some of this book isn’t for me, right now...but some of it was! I’ve been working over the past couple years with my therapist to learn how to slow down, eliminate distracting thought patterns, and enjoy what matters. This book gave me a great story around why to begin again, why to set rules of life for my family, why to set boundaries around technology, and set myself up well to enjoy these precious moments with my family that are so fleeting. Thank you, JMK! -Edward McGlasson

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A chance to reset

Thank you for sharing candid open soul pouring out confessions in love for life for the sake of love. Super hard to admit in a persona shaped secular world devoid of truth. God Bless

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This book is one of the best books I have ever listened too! It truly has a message that will change your life, if you let it.