For a bit of fun and (more importantly) to determine if you need to read John Mark Comer’s prophetic book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, see if you can honestly answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions:

(In my head, as I write this review, I hear you saying in your best gamer/sports fan voice: “Challenge accepted Xavier”)

Anyway, here are the questions.
John Mark Comer

You always feel like you have enough time in your day? (Anybody left? I’ll go on for the minority living in denial.)

You have understood that hurry is underneath so many of the symptoms of toxicity in our world? (As for me, I’m not picking a fight with the late Dallas Willard.)

You haven’t used the phrase ‘just busy’ this year?

You know that our attention span is now at an all-time low (literally) of 8 seconds, which incidentally and alarmingly is less than a goldfish!

You (or your loved ones) don’t exhibit any of these escapist behaviours: overeating, overdrinking, binge-watching, browsing social media, surfing the web, looking at porn, _____ insert your preferred cultural narcotic?

You understand that having more time in your day won’t solve the problem? (You should buy the book on this thought alone)

You once heard Peter Scazzero say, “We find God’s will for our lives in our limitations?”

You told someone recently that if they reduced their TV watching by one hour in a day, they would be able to read through the entire Bible in 6 months? (No, it doesn’t count if you tell someone now)

Okay. So, how’d you go?

You know, even if you managed to squeeze in a ‘yes’ or two, the undeniable truth is that we live in a world that suffers from hurry sickness (Yes, there is such a thing) and it’s killing, suffocating, pounding the very sacredness of life out of our souls.

What I love about this book is that with it, Comer has manged to identify ‘what lies beneath’ many of the problems of today and offer the way forward with a fresh take on the ancient ways of the person of Jesus.

Here is one of my fist pump reading moments (because John Mark and I are now friends):

If you want to experience the life of Jesus, you have to adopt the lifestyle of Jesus…

But Jesus never commands you to wake up in the morning and have a quiet time, read your Bible, live in community, practice Sabbath, give your money to the poor, or any of these core practices from his way.

He just does these practices and then says, “Follow me.”

John Mark Comer

Seriously, this book can be life changing but then so can Jesus, right.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30