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Book review: “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer

Book review: “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer

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The book “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer explores the harmful effects of our culture of hurry and overwork. In today’s fast-paced world, many of us feel pressure to constantly be on the go, juggling multiple tasks and responsibilities at once. We often equate busyness with success and worth, and we rarely take the time to slow down and simply be.

But as Comer argues, this constant hustle and bustle is not only damaging to our mental and physical health, it also hinders our ability to connect with others and fully experience life. He explains that hurry is a form of idolatry, a misplaced priority that ultimately leads to exhaustion, anxiety, and disconnection.

Comer offers a number of practical solutions for how we can break free from the cycle of hurry and start living more intentionally. He suggests setting aside regular times for rest, reflection, and connection with others, as well as simplifying our schedules and prioritizing the things that truly matter.

One of the key ideas in the book is the concept of “holy hurry” versus “hurry sickness.” Holy hurry is the kind of urgency that arises when we are focused on doing important work or serving others. It is a natural and healthy response to a task that needs to be completed. Hurry sickness, on the other hand, is the constant, frenzied pace of life that many of us have come to accept as normal. It is the constant feeling of being rushed, overwhelmed, and disconnected from the present moment.

One of the most compelling parts of the book is Comer’s personal story of how he struggled with hurry sickness and eventually found freedom from its grip. Through his own experiences and those of others, he shows how we can find peace and fulfillment in a world that often demands speed and productivity.

Overall, “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” is a thought-provoking and timely book that challenges us to rethink our priorities and to prioritize the things that truly matter in life. It offers a compelling case for slowing down and living more intentionally, and provides practical tools for how we can do so.

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