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Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down [Kindle Edition]

Kirk Byron Jones
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Author Kirk Byron Jones has written a much-needed resource that debunks the "need for speed" mentality that so many people have embraced as a part of their everyday lives. This book goes beyond social and psychological analysis to include spiritual perspectives on the dangers of letting hurry become a chronic condition. Jones presents a well developed three-pronged response to the problem of addiction to hurry. Included in each chapter are helpful questions that allow readers to identify their current pace of life and assist them in cultivating their own sacred, savoring pace. Addicted to Hurry is ideal for anyone desiring to lead a more calm and satisfying life and a great gift for those who seem to be burning out from the frantic pace at work or at home.


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"Jones's main points are made clear through well-chosen Bible passages and personal stories...An excellent audiobook for Christian mothers, fathers, church workers, or anyone who lives a fast-paced life." --Congregational Libraries Today, 2009

"Jones has done an excellent job of giving us insight into taking the time to savor all that life has to offer based on sound biblical principles and life-changing exercises. The fact that the book is short and straight to the point is an added bonus, although after reading it, many may want to go back and savor the book's insight and wisdom, and re-examine their own lives more closely." --Chandra Sparks Taylor, QBR

"If ever it was a travesty to read a book quickly for review purposes, this is the book. Jones' very language cries out to be savored. He writes clearly, reflectively, persuasively." --Donald E. Keeney, The Clergy Journal

About the Author

Dr. Kirk Byron Jones, PhD, DMin, MPhil, MDiv, is a graduate of Loyola University, Andover Newton Theological School, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Drew University.

A pastor for twenty years, Rev. Jones was the founding minister of Beacon Light Baptist Church in New Orleans, and Senior Minister at Calvary Baptist Church, Chester, PA; Ebenezer Baptist Church, Boston, MA; and First Baptist Church, Randolph, MA.

Currently a professor of ethics and preaching at Andover Newton Theological School, Dr. Jones serves as guest preacher and teacher at churches, schools and conferences throughout the United States. His writings have been published in various journals, including The Christian Century, Leadership, Gospel Today, Pulpit Digest, and The African American Pulpit, a quarterly preaching journal he co-founded in 1997.

Dr. Jones is the author of several best-selling books including Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers which was recognized in 2009 as one of only 40 books and films selected by Sojourners magazine as the Best Resources for Social Change. The Sojourners list included the works of historic and contemporary luminaries, including Sojourner Truth, Henri Nouwen, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Jones's other popular titles include:

Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down
The Jazz of Preaching: How to Preach With Great Freedom and Joy (Abingdon Press)
Morning B.R.E.W.: A Divine Power Drink For Your Soul and The Morning B.R.E.W. Journal (Augsburg Books)
Holy Play: The Joyful Adventure of Unleashing Your Divine Purpose (Jossey-Bass).

Dr. Jones enjoys a leisure life of family play, reading, listening to music (especially jazz), and having new learning adventures every day.

Product Details

  • File Size: 293 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0817014454
  • Publisher: Judson Press (October 8, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002S6UNR4
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Down and Live August 10, 2003
Format:Paperback
Part serious social commentary, part self-help, Addicted to Hurry examines how constant hurrying diminishes people's lives, and it offers advice on slowing down.
The first half of the book examines our cultural addiction to hurry in general terms, examines reasons why people run, and what they are running from. I especially liked two things in this part of the book: first, that Jones labeled chronic speed as a form of idolatry, and that he showed examples of what people are missing in their rush. Although Jones takes a strong stance against so much hurrying, he does display a good deal of understanding (rather than condemnation) for people who are caught up in the rush.
The second half of the book describes a "savoring pace alternative" and offers numerous suggestions to help people slow down. While many self-help books fall into shallow platitudes and slogans, Jones resists this tendancy. Instead, he provides spritual food for the journey to a slower, saner life.
Kirk Byron Jones is a professor of social ethics and pastoral ministry at Andover Newton Theological School, and also has twenty years of experience as a pastor. He offers a significant number of Biblical examples, so confirmed atheists may not like this book. Anyone with a healthy respect for Christianity (whether they are Christian or not) should find it helpful.
The idea for this book grew out of Jones's writing of Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy. I ordered Addicted to Hurry because I loved Rest in the Storm. I thought Rest in the Storm was a bit better, and I would recommend clergy start there. However, Addicted to Hurry is still a very good book for both clergy and general audiences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Royston Reviews January 27, 2004
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The hectic pace of life in the twenty-first century creates a fertile garden for this empowering book. Pastor and professor Kirk Byron Jones confronts his audience with the cultural expectation for speed and hurry in our lifestyles. Jones explores issues from technology and the explosive amount of information it brings, to our hidden fears as reasons for our addiction to hurry. The questions raised for our addiction to hurry are very revealing.
The first half of the book explores various factors that create an addiction to hurry including running away from God, running away from our fears, and running away from ourselves.
In the second half of the book, Jones introduces a method he calls "Living life at a savoring pace." The discussions around The Savoring Pace Alternative focus on "seeing more clearly," "listening more carefully" and "thinking more deeply." Jones gives us a wonderful road map for the discipline to manage life at a savoring pace.
Jones combines a scholarly mind with a profound imagery of language to challenge his readers to "relish" rather than "rush" through life. The use of poetry, scripture, famous quotes and anecdotal experiences from the author's personal pilgrimage make this work jump off the page and into the reader's frenzied lifestyle. One gets the impression that Jones has lived every one of his illustrations to the fullest.
This book is a provocative and challenging exploration of our compulsion to hurry. The author prepares us with his profound insight and equips us with chapter-by-chapter learning exercises. Learning exercises at the end of each chapter are important to fully comprehend the value of the author's presentation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For every Christian March 6, 2004
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I am not a theologian or pastor. I am an ordinary Christian, housewife and homeschooling mom. But I read a lot to help me live closer to Jesus. This is by far the best and most helpful book I've read in years. Dr. Jones has many helpful examples and life applications for slowing down and living a more deliberate life. If you've bought or read The Purpose Driven Life, you need this book to be the other side, the balance to your purpose. I fully intend to read it again, to savor it with slowness and apply it more deeply to my daily living.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hurry Up and Read About How to Slow Down January 17, 2004
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If you're like most people, there aren't enough hours in the day to do all that you have to. Life seems to be a never-ending cycle of hurrying from one activity to the next, but does this make you more fulfilled? Not necessarily.
In Addicted to Hurry, Kirk Byron Jones examines our need to hurry from one project to the next. Filled with biblical teachings as well as quotes from notable figures, his book also includes exercises to examine your own way of living to help you discover ways to slow down, and utlimately become more fulfilled.
Jones starts the book with a look at how much speed has been incorporated into our daily living by looking at some of the "fast phrases" we use: "I'm going as fast as I can," "The sooner, the better," "ASAP," and others. He then discusses the seven sacrifices that we all make as a result of our addiction to speed: patience, judgment, depth, joy, dialogue, personhood, and spirituality.
From there, we are given a list of reasons why we are in such a hurry, with a special emphasis being placed on running away from aches and fears, running away from ourselves, and running away from God.
We then get down to the meat of the book: how to overcome our need to hurry. Jones discusses how to imagine and choose a less hurried life, and how to maintain your new pace once you've made this decision. He shows us how to become more in tune with this pace by making a conscious effort to really see the marvelous things going on around us and to listen carefully to all that life has to offer--whether it be a loved one's voice or the sounds of nature or accepting silence, which many of us are uncomfortable doing.
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Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, as the second son to the late Frederick and Ora Mae Jones, Kirk Byron Jones is a graduate of Loyola University and Andover Newton Theological School, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Drew University.

A pastor for over thirty years, Dr. Jones was the founding minister of Beacon Light Baptist Church in New Orleans, and Senior Minister at Calvary Baptist Church, Chester, PA; Ebenezer Baptist Church, Boston, MA; and the First Baptist Churches of Randolph, Whitman, and Tewksbury MA. Throughout his pastoral ministry, Rev. Jones has served on various religious and civic committees at the local and national level.

An adjunct professor of ethics, preaching, and pastoral ministry at Andover Newton Theological School, Dr. Jones serves as guest preacher and teacher at churches, schools and conferences throughout the United States. His writings have been published in various journals, including The Christian Century, Leadership, and Gospel Today, Pulpit Digest, and The African American Pulpit, a quarterly preaching journal he co-founded in 1997. For his past and continuing ministry with seminarians and the clergy, he is affectionately referred to as "The Preacher's Teacher."

Dr. Jones is the author of several best-selling books for ministers, pastors, and the wider audience of those seeking to grow spiritually in an ever-challenging world. His books include the following titles:

Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers
Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down
The Jazz of Preaching: How to Preach with Great Freedom and Joy
Morning B.R.E.W.: A Divine Power Drink for Your Soul
The Morning B.R.E.W. Journal
Holy Play: The Joyful Adventure of Unleashing Your Divine Purpose
Say Yes to Grace: How to Burn Bright Without Burning Out
Say Yes to Grace: The Facebook Page Reflections
The Sacred Seven: How to Create, Manage, and Sustain a Fulfilling Life

In Fall, 2013, Abingdon Press will publish his most recent work, Fulfilled: Living and Leading with Unusual Wisdom, Peace, and Joy.

Dr. Jones is the creator/author of the Facebook page "Yes to Grace" where he offers brief inspirational presentations in words and images.

He is married to Mary Brown-Jones. They have 4 adult children, 2 grandchildren, and reside in Randolph, MA.

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