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The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer is a book that addresses the hectic pace of modern life and advocates for a slower, more intentional approach to living.

  1. Cultural Hurry Sickness: Comer argues that modern society is plagued by “hurry sickness,” a relentless and hurried pace of life that affects individuals’ physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. He contends that this cultural phenomenon is detrimental to our overall health and calls for a deliberate effort to eliminate hurry from our lives.
  2. Spiritual Formation: The book emphasizes the importance of spiritual practices and formation in combating the negative effects of hurry. Comer encourages readers to adopt ancient spiritual disciplines such as Sabbath-keeping, silence, solitude, and prayer to cultivate a deeper relationship with God and promote a more balanced life.
  3. Technology and Distraction: Comer addresses the role of technology in perpetuating the culture of hurry. He highlights the addictive nature of smartphones and social media, which contribute to constant distraction and prevent individuals from being fully present in the moment. The book suggests intentional practices to manage and limit the use of technology.
  4. Margin and Rest: Creating margin in one’s schedule is a crucial aspect of eliminating hurry. Comer advocates for the importance of rest and intentional downtime, particularly through the observance of a weekly Sabbath. He encourages readers to embrace a healthier work-life balance that allows for genuine rest and rejuvenation.
  5. Embracing a Counter-Cultural Lifestyle: The author challenges readers to embrace a counter-cultural lifestyle that prioritizes relationships, community, and meaningful connections over the relentless pursuit of success and achievement. This involves making intentional choices that align with one’s values and contribute to a more fulfilling life.
  6. Simplicity and Essentialism: Comer promotes the principles of simplicity and essentialism, encouraging readers to declutter their lives and focus on what truly matters. By eliminating unnecessary commitments and possessions, individuals can create space for what brings genuine joy and fulfilment.
  7. Cultural Observation and Critique: Throughout the book, Comer offers a critique of the broader cultural trends that contribute to hurry and busyness. He examines societal expectations, consumerism, and the relentless pursuit of success, urging readers to question and challenge these cultural norms.

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” serves as a guide for individuals seeking a more intentional and balanced approach to life. It provides practical insights and actionable steps to break free from the grip of hurry, fostering a deeper connection with oneself, others, and ultimately, with God.  You can order the book from Amazon or Eden. You can listen to it on Audible. And you can follow the Bible Study on YouVersion.

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