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In the book, Mad Church Disease , popular author and blogger, Anne Jackson, digs into the causes, symptoms and solutions of a wide variety of challenges stemming from church work. Anne should know: she's a pastor's kid and has been employed in churches. I doubt there is anything quite like the dynamics of working in a church when it comes to the pressure it puts on leaders. And Anne captures the experiences and causes of burnout effectively.
The book is deep, but not stuffy. It is funny, but not cynical. It is easy to read, without being simplistic. Anne's writing is poignant and personal, without being tacky. It takes a long, hard look at the difficulties of church work, while asking readers to face their problems.
Ultimately, Mad Church Disease is not just about solutions, it is a solution. It is a tool that can be used by a church staff or by individuals. It contains helpful interviews with church leaders who have lived through Mad Church Disease. And it offers worksheets to start private or group discussions about the issues of personal and spiritual health. Use this great new tool to find and restore healthy margins in your life.
--Dave Kinnaman, President, Barna Group --Barna Group, June 2009
My first thought: "What does a twenty-eight-year-old know about burnout?" Then I read this story about a girl named Anne, who grew up in a pastor's home and has lived through enough experiences to know what she's talking about. Anne Jackson not only tells her own story, but she gracefully integrates principles that have me at times saying, "That's right!" and at other times admitting, "That's me." As soon as I can, I'll be ordering enough copies for our entire staff. -- Tim Stevens, executive pastor, Granger Community Church, Granger, Indiana, and author of Pop Goes the Church --Tim Stevens, executive pastor, Granger Community Church
Anne Jackson is the real deal. And I appreciate her honest approach to a touchy topic. Mad Church Disease is a must-read for anyone who has gotten burned or burned-out by the church. -- Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National Community Church, Washington, D.C., and author of Wild Goose Chase
A terrific book. Every pastor needs to read it so they know they are not alone. Every church member needs to read it so they know how to pray.Published 20 days ago by S.A. Smith
As a minister, this book has given me a fresh perspective for prioritizing how I balance serving my church, family, and taking care of myselfPublished 9 months ago by Charles Hightower
I had never heard of Anne Jackson when I found this book but I quickly fell in love with book and its author. Anne writes honestly and from her heart. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Lina AbuJamra
Anne writes with integrity and a transparency that draws you into each chapter. I've been in ministry for more than 3 decades and i learned much from this wonderful book. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Phil Thompson
This book is definitely a must-read from those that volunteer in church to those on full-time staff. Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by mjohnson
Cutting edge about a continuing tragedy in ministry. You might figure it to be like a lot of ministerial meetings that often accomplish just a bunch of griping and masking the real... Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by PJ
Sounds like a real good book on the cover and first chapter than goes back to the selfrighteous bible thumpuing crap that the churches have turned into today? Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by Rusty
Some feel that, because God "doesn't give us more than we can handle," that there is no such thing as burnout in the life of a Christian. Read morePublished on October 4, 2010 by Joseph Sewell
If you haven't yet ezperienced burnout, this book is for you.If you ahve experienced or are in the midst of burnout, this book is a must read. Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by PastorJR