Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture (A simple review of the book “ReSet”)

Do you find yourself burning out? Is Monday one of the most dreaded days of the week? Are you tired all the time? Are you short-tempered with the people closest to you? Do you find yourself stressed and anxious all the time? Are you drinking too much coffee, just to get through the day?  Those are just some of the questions that David Murray asks in his latest book, “ReSet: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture.”

reset bookDavid does a phenomenal job of writing specifically to Christian pastors about the need to rest and have a take a God-ordained Sabbath. Often, we find that those who preach well about taking a Sabbath break are it’s biggest violators. By outlining the different ways that burnout shows up and how it effects our families and our ministries, David helps the reader to understand that we weren’t designed to do ministry 24/7. Even the most gifted pastor is required to take a break. Mr. Murray even accuses pastors of not trusting in the provision of God and perhaps thinking we are more necessary than we are. By accepting our limits, we are accepting his grace and can be empowered to more effective ministry. 

Reset is full of relevant information about how to disconnect and recharge in a ministry setting. The author has gone out of his way to bring relevant resources and practices to the table and write not only a convicting book, but one with a clear path forward for working the Sabbath day back into the busy routine of being a pastor. 

As one that tends to burn the candle at both ends, I am very thankful for David’s book and the reminder and practical guidelines on how to “ReSet.” I’m not all there yet, but because of David’s faithfulness to write this book, I’m making strides and growing in my ability to reclaim the Sabbath rest in my life. I appreciate David and his pastoral heart as he writes from both experience and conviction to men in the ministry.

This is a great book for anyone in the ministry and a good reminder that those of us who are leaders in the church that it is good for our congregation and good for our soul to take a break and live in the power of grace.

The Entitlement Cure (A REVIEW)

_225_350_Book.1753.coverThe Entitlement Cure: Finding Success in Doing Hard Things the Right Way is on the market at the right time. Our world is filled with people who feel entitled. They want something for nothing, or they have an attitude that craves the attention and dare I say worship of others. John Townsend has written a compelling book that ultimately puts forth the gospel as the solution to entitlement.  The book is well written, straightforward and filled with keen biblical insight and application.

Dr. Townsend does a fantastic job of approaching entitlement from all angles ensuring that this book contains the tools to help anyone who is dealing with an entitled person in their lives or even if they are wanting to confront their own entitlement. Indeed, Dr. Townsend does such a great job of addressing entitlement that he’s found that even those who often bemoan the “entitlement culture” have their own sense of “pocket entitlement.”

This book is well worth a read. It may well be the best book that Dr. Townsend has written to date. I encourage you to pick up a copy. I like to get all my books from amazon.com. They have it on sale right now for Under $15 in hardback!

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