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Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands by [Shona Murray, David Murray]

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“We live in a culture that constantly demands more of women. Young women are not exempt from this pressure. In fact, this is the time―in our teens and twenties―when we’re just beginning to fall prey to the increasing stress of school, social media, smartphones, relationships, work, and busyness. We’re barely out of childhood and already feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, depressed, drowned, and burned out. That’s why we need the joyful refreshment of the gospel of grace. And that’s exactly what Shona and David Murray deliver in Refresh. They write warmly, empathetically, biblically, and practically. I will be applying the wisdom of this book to my own life and eagerly recommending it to the young women I know!”
Jaquelle Crowe, author, This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years

“I have searched high and low for a book that helps me deal with stress-related illness in a God-honoring way. I have stacks of books that either overspiritualize depression and stress-induced illness, or overmedicalize it. I struggle with balance, and I need help. To the rescue comes Refresh, a book that meets you where you are, preaching neither overspiritualized idealism nor worldly fatalism. Read this book and give it to friends. It will change the way you see God’s providence in your emotional suffering and physical weakness, and it will encourage you on a path of self-care that honors the Lord and enables you to serve your family of God for the long haul.”
Rosaria Butterfield, Former Professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Gospel Comes with a House Key

“Shona’s transparency and gentle coaching throughout this book provide the perfect context for the encouragement that Refresh will be to many women who have experienced burnout, or are on the verge of burnout. As a counselor and a woman who has experienced burnout, I appreciated the holistic approach to both the causes of burnout and its treatment. The Murrays fully address both body and soul in their book, which will leave you refreshed, renewed, and ready to lead others alongside streams of living water flowing from the Great Shepherd of our souls.”
Heather Nelson, biblical counselor; author, Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame

“Burnout and exhaustion are not solely a female issue, but as a woman I can attest to experiencing these very things in recent years. The demands on our time are many and coming from all directions. How will we use our time? How will we find balance? How will we maintain our walk with the Lord in the midst of so much? Shona and David Murray understand these pressures and speak directly to them in this book. Drawing on her own experience of depression and burnout (and experience as a medical doctor), Shona has a winsome and practical approach to the balance and rest we all crave (yet struggle to find). If you are desperate for relief, you will find encouragement in Refresh.”
Courtney Reissig, author, Teach Me to Feel and Glory in the Ordinary

“Reading Refresh in a bone-weary season of my life was like having a life-giving conversation with a couple of grace-filled friends who have been there themselves and were able to encourage me with practical, biblical wisdom.”
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author; Founder, Revive Our Hearts and True Woman

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Dr. David Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and Pastor of Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church. He is the author of Christians Get Depressed Too, How Sermons Work, Jesus on Every Page, The Happy Christian, A Bundle of Joy: Six Books On Christian Happiness, The Christian Ministry, The Christian Life, and God's Mobile Home: Stories of Grace from the Tabernacle. He is married to Shona and they have five children ranging from 2 to 19 years old. They love camping, fishing, boating, and skiing in the Lake Michigan area.



Lisa Larsen is a Los Angeles based voiceover actor who specializes in audiobook narration. She has narrated audiobooks across a wide range of genres, including inspirational stories, thrillers, and young adult paranormals and also lent her voice to radio spots and a variety of training and marketing videos for companies like Mazda and Nexgrill.

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B071X796NG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crossway (October 13, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 13, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1003 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 210 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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David Murray (PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is a PCA minister serving as Senior Pastor at First Byron CRC. He has taught preaching and counseling in various seminaries.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Tool for Women in ALL Stages of Life
By Morgan D. Farr on February 5, 2018
Shona and David Murray's book Refresh is probably the best book I have read in the last six months, maybe even in the last year. This is NOT simply another book by a female Christian talking about how overwhelming life can be.

If it was, I wouldn't be reviewing it!

Instead Dr. Murray (Shona) writes practically about how women get into the situations of being overwhelmed, full of anxiety, and depressed despite being Christians. Dr. Murray takes the reader through 10 stations in the "refresh gym" to help get women back on track and living the healthiest and most honoring life possible. Dr Murray talks about things that other books for Christian women completely neglect. She addresses things like sleep, media influences, nutrition, and physical exercise and how they impact a Christian walk. The one that really sticks out in my mind is from the chapter Re-Create in which Murray says,
Your body was bought with the price of Christ's blood. He bought it with the greatest ransom ever paid. Try to think of the most expensive thing you ever bought Was it a car or a house? How much did you protect and maintain it? Now think of how much Christ paid for your body and consider how you are managing this blood bought property. "You are not your own," says Paul. "You were bought at a price". We have a new owner who has paid a huge price for his property. He claims our bodies as his own and calls us to manage them for his glory.
Man! Isn't that convicting? Imagine if every Christian was operating at 100%. If we weren't slowed down by dependency on social media, sugar, or self caused exhaustion. In Refresh, Dr. Murray lays out simple and practical steps to achieve this goal.

I think it is just fabulous.

If I could give a book more than an A+ I would. I might just have to create something higher for those few special books that really touch my heart. Anyways, Refresh would be one of those books. I don't care if you are 13 and trying to navigate middle school or 95 and trying to live the winter of your life honoring God, this book is for you. Basically what I am saying is go out and read this book right now. Put it on the top of your stack of books and make sure you share it with the next woman you meet that seems like she could use a little refreshing.
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I was recommended this book by a friend, but I have yet to read it. I’m looking forward to starting it and to eventually update this review. I put 4 stars based on how this book arrived to me. I bought this book brand new and if you see the picture below, it came very oddly made and pages were folded and if that extra piece on the back cover is taken off it will rip the rest of back cover so I have to leave it there.
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