the ruthless elimination of hurry (John Mark comer)

If you haven't already read this book, I am sure you have heard about it. It surely is a book for our times, as well as being very accessible and relatively quick to read.

The author invites us to identify with his own experience of being overworked, feeling stretched thin, and having little time for the things we know are important but which we just can't seem to prioritise. Few of us living in western societies would find it hard to recognise these things in our own lives, and take little convincing that it is a present reality that we would do well to address. 

We are easily drawn into Comer's story of how he experienced the need to change the pace of his life, and what helped him in his search for an alternative way to live. The subtitle of the book outlines the desired outcome of this alternative lifestyle: to stay emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world. Sounds good, doesn't it?!

Another avid follower of Dallas Willard, Comer's life was changed as he arranged his days around particular practices. In the book he shares with us four building blocks for a more sane and less hurried life: the practices of silence & solitude, sabbath, simplicity and slowing. Comer describes these practices in ways that make it seem both inviting and achievable for us to make these choices too.

I have no doubt that you will be challenged and inspired by this book. The question is whether you (and I) will actually do anything about it! Comer is at pains to help us in this regard and on his website you can find more resources as you nudge your way towards undoing habits of hurry.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, London (2019)