Who are you becoming? That was the question nagging pastor and author John Mark Comer. By outward metrics, everything 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 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 compelling emotional and spiritual case against hurry and in favour of a slower, simpler way of life.
John Mark Comer lives, works and writes in the urban core of Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three children. He is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church. Prior to planting Bridgetown, John Mark was the lead pastor of a suburban megachurch. Before that, he played in a band. John Mark has a Master's degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary and is the author of Loveology, My Name is Hope, Garden City and God Has a Name.
John Mark Comer is a hugely talented leader, speaker, and writer. You will find lots of wise advice here.
Nicky Gumbel, vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton
Like a tall glass of ice cold water on the hottest day of the year, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry is refreshing, revitalising, and a shock to the system. Beautifully and compellingly written by one of our foremost thinkers, it is a prophetic message for our time.
Pete Greig, founder of the 24-7 Prayer movement and senior pastor of Emmaus Rd, Guildford
Living as a spiritually and mentally healthy follower of Jesus in our technological, calendar-driven culture is, it turns out, quite difficult. In this book John Mark Comer shares his story of discovering a different way of life that's inspired by the way and wisdom of Jesus. This is a practical, personal, and challenging call to imagine new ways that our lives can imitate Jesus.
Tim Mackie, cofounder of the Bible Project