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Thousands of people leave Christian ministry every month. They have not lost their love for Christ, or their desire to serve him. But for one reason or another, they are exhausted and simply cannot carry on.
Christopher Ash knows this experience all too well. As a pastor of a growing church, and then in his role training people for ministry, he has found himself on the edge of burnout a number of times, and has pastored many younger ministers who have reached the end of their tether.
His wisdom has been distilled into this short, accessible book, in which he reveals a neglected biblical truth and seven keys that flow from it. Understood properly, and built into our lives as Christians who are zealous to serve the Lord, they will serve to protect us from burnout, and keep us working for God’s kingdom and glory.
Christopher Ash delicately addresses the subject of burnout in Christian service. Real life stories are interspersed with Biblical wisdom. We must always remember that we are dust, and God. Only Jesus is the Saviour, not us.
This book is both short and simple to read. Ash writes engagingly and understandably. I would recommend this book to someone in ministry in the midst of, or recovering from burnout. However, I don't think I'd recommend or suggest this book for others. I think it is significantly flawed in its thinking. Ash talks of the idea of "Sustainable sacrifice" and bases most of the book on this premise, but doesn't really flesh that out - I'm not sure how a sacrifice that gives all really is sustainable. Isn't the point of sacrifice that all is laid on the altar?! The book is also built on the premise of people being prone to overwork, rather than people tending towards laziness. I can't think of anywhere where the Bible talks about over-working, but can think of plenty about laziness. Sadly, I know my own heart & my own tendencies - there are times where I have over-worked, but far more frequently need reminding of the need to work hard and not be idle. So, with the exception of a few people suffering from burnout, this is not a book I'd want to see receive wide distribution.
If you’re involved in christian ministry and often find yourself on the edge of (or falling into) exhaustion this may be just what you need.
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