Love, joy, and peace are at the heart of all Jesus is trying to grow in the soil of your life. And all three are incompatible with hurry.
If that statement intrigues you, welcome to Pastor John Mark Comer’s new book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.
In a world of increasing speed, we all know it’s out of control. What we may not know is how to slow ourselves down in the midst of it. That is what Comer addresses convincingly, humorously, and practically.
Wisdom is born in the quiet, the slow. Wisdom has its own pace…When we uncritically hurry our way through the digital terrain, we make the devil’s job relatively easy.
After defining the problem and offering solutions in parts one and two, Comer offers four practices in part three that will eliminate hurry: silence&solitude, sabbath, simplicity, and slowing.
Mindfulness is simply silence and solitude for a secular society. It’s the same thing, just missing the best part-Jesus.
It is not as though we do not love God – we love God deeply. We just do not know how to sit with God anymore.
Contentment isn’t some Buddhist-like negation of all desire; it’s living in such a way that your unfulfilled desires no longer curb your happiness.
We achieve inner peace when our schedules are aligned with our values.
I’ve recommended several books with a similar theme as Comer’s (The Rest of God, Rhythms of Rest, Awe). Add this to the list. He offers a broader look at the theme with relatable application. I don’t think he’d mind if I suggested you hurry to get this book in your hands.
2 thoughts on “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry (book review)”
Thanks John, This one seems to have been written for me! I love to walk fast ( unless my feet are hurting), and I don’t think that is a problem (better exercise). However, I often live too fast= hurry – and that is a problem. So thanks for the reminder, and yes, I need to read this book. Merry Christmas! Pat
He actually writes about intentionally walking slow. You’ll really like his book. Merry Christmas, Pat.