- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; Reprint edition (August 15, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310337348
- ISBN-13: 978-0310337348
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Mark Comer is pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon. He holds a Master's degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary and is the author of two previous books: Loveology and Garden City. Comer is married to Tammy and they have two boys, Jude and Moses and a little girl, Sunday.
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"And what is Jesus’ example of work deserving of a reward from God himself? A glass of water. A small, insignificant, nonglamourous act of love and service. It’s easy to think that to be great and to get a reward from God, we have to do something high status. We have to change the world. Something Ted-Talk, Nobel-Peace-Prize quality. And hopefully, God will reward that kind of stuff. But Jesus makes it clear that he’ll also reward the stuff nobody knows about. The hard, mundane, thankless work of mothers and mechanics and second-grade teachers and garbage-truck drivers and the woman who does your dry cleaning. Work that doesn’t get much attention or applause"
At least a few of us will find this encouraging!
The chapters on work will bring fresh perspective on whatever it is you do, and will motivate you to do it well for the glory of God--or find something else! Not only will you be challenged in the way you work, but you'll also find yourself appreciating excellence and thinking more about what you purchase and consume. The concept of secular vs. sacred ("Christian" products like music) has been talked about lately, and Comer does a good job addressing this.
Right before this book I read another good book on the importance of structured rest as a lifestyle. Really, the section (just a few chapters) in Garden City addressed this even better.
Keep in mind that this isn't meant to be a deep work of theology, even though it is theological. I appreciated the engaging use of original Hebrew language and Jewish traditional and contemporary teaching. But this book is above all practical and applicable, and can help you deal with your perspective on God, work, family, and life as a whole foundationally. There's no reason to read this if you're not willing to change.
I didn't agree with every little point Comer makes. But I don't have to in order to see the overall greatness of this message, and its importance to me and those I know. As I've been reading it, I keep thinking of people that I know and love that I'd like to give copies to. Not to change their thinking, but to give clear utterance and direction to what I know they are already feeling.
So yes, not only would I recommend this to a friend (or the girl who cuts my hair, or the guys at the local coffee shop), I'd buy it for them!
John Mark Comer makes very good points on that what we do, does matter to God. On how our job matters to God regardless if it is within the church or not. By us enjoying what we do, we can also project God and making the invisible God visible to others.
I believe the book can be very encouraging to both who are still trying to figure out what to do with life and those who are trying to figure out how to balance things out.
Not only does he touch on the purpose of life but also the need of rest. I needed this section more than the section of purpose. I have known what I have been created to do since I was thirteen and have pursued a career in the field. But my constant struggle has been balancing my rest with work and being human.
I love how he described the Sabbath and shared his own "ritual" routine of his Sabbath every week. This gave good insight, not necessarily on what it should look like. But how I should feel like throughout the week when I make the effort to practice the Sabbath. Many times among this accelerated society I need constant reminders to enjoy my Sabbath, to respect it, and have the intimacy with God on the day of rest.
"Sabbath isn't just a Pause button - it's a full, complete, total system restart." -John Mark Comer
I have always enjoyed John Mark Comer's style of writing. He stimulates me to think. I learn how biblical aspects relate to my daily living. Most important to me, I grow as a Christian.
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