Largely due to overwork and the stresses of modern life, men in work and ministry are increasingly run-down, anxious, and depressed. But is this level of physical and spiritual weariness inevitable? Just as a car needs to be regularly refueled, retuned, and repaired in order to keep running, a balanced life can be sustained only when a man takes proper steps to stay on track. In this hopeful book, experienced pastor and counselor David Murray shares stories from his own life and the lives of friends, offering gospel-centered advice for avoiding, assessing, and recovering from burnout. With chapters on rest, relationships, routines, and more, this book lays out a host of practical remedies men can use to reset their lives on a more sustainable course—resulting in renewed energy, joy, and purpose.
- Wonderful, useful, God-center.
Studied the book in our Men's Discipleship group at our church. Very helpful information even at my age (83).
- Tremendously encouraging and immensely practical
Get off the treadmill of exhaustion, joyless existence, and frayed relationships. Murray describes the warning signals of burnout and gives immensely practical advice on how to slow down to go further.
Top tactics to improve mental, emotional, physical, and to some extent spiritual health: rest, exercise, & diet.
- Loved it, highly recommended to all. Including women.
Loved it! Practical, authentic and loved listening to it in the authors own voice. Looking forward to his wife’s book as well.
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- A MUST READ TO PREVENT BURNOUT
Huge help to understanding what causes burnout in our culture and how to practically prevent it and recover from it. He has a lot of practical points that help you pinpoint in your own life where you are at. there's a free discussion guide online that goes along with it. i have a link attached. A MUST READ FOR THOSE IN MINISTRY OR ANY WALK OF LIFE!!!
- Couldn't listen to the book due to the voice.
I can't stand the voice.
- A must read for males in ministry!
Fantastically helpful as a pastor dealing with burnout.
- Everyone needs to check the pace of their life
I have come to appreciate David Murray and his ministry through the written word. When I saw he had written Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture, I thought, Yeah, I should probably read that. I am glad I did. Murray writes for men, with a planned follow up for women called Refresh being co-written with his wife, Shona.
Some years ago Murray’s life was upturned by health crisis he never saw coming—potentially fatal blood clots in his lungs. He had been going at a pace that was unsustainable and unhealthy. He was forced to stop everything he was doing and reconsider his priorities. Reset was born out of that experience, as well as his time spent guiding others through the reset process. Murray’s fondness for alliteration comes out in the "repair bays" he walks readers through to reset their lives:
For each of these "repair bays" Murray shares Scripture, examples from his own life and his experiences counseling other men, as well as research (like how much sleep we need and how the food we eat affects our health). Everyone should take a break to evaluate what pace they are living their life at. I found I needed more of these "repair bays" than I wanted to admit. I recommend it to men, especially those in ministry or who are married with kids. Our lives and ministries are too important to not give ourselves an inspection every once in awhile to make sure we’re going at a sustainable pace.
I should add one note about the audiobook version. David Murray narrates the book himself. He does speak with a Scottish accent, but I find that foreign quality all the more enjoyable.
I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of providing this review.
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