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Too busy for God? Read “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry”

Steve Yount, a senior fellow with the Denison Forum, is a former newspaper editor and public-relations executive working with Christian ministries.


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John Mark Comer was a thirty-three-year-old pastor of a multisite megachurch teaching six times on Sundays when he decided his life was moving way too fast.

If you share that feeling, you should read his book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and  Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World: John Mark Comer:  9780525653097 -

Comer champions a simpler life, one free of extraneous possessions that eat up too many hours in the day.

He believes that our hyper-connected, multi-tasking world has become so full of distractions that we struggle to live in the moment. We hurry from one task to another without concentrating on the most important things. 

“Love, joy, and peace are at the heart of all Jesus is trying to grow in the soil of your life,” Comer writes. “And all three are incompatible with hurry.”

He ended up radically changing his life to more closely follow the lessons of Jesus. In the process, Comer discovered practical steps that he could take on the road to emotional health and spiritual rewards.

You can, too.

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