by Paul Tautges | October 12, 2017 9:50 am
RESET: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture is a compassionate and courageous book. Reading it from “the other side of burnout” gave me much-needed perspective. About five years ago, I began to receive some of the counsel now bound into this book, since David Murray was one of several faithful brothers who began to walk through a deep valley with me.
At the time, Satan had taken advantage of a two-year battle with depression and anxiety triggered by the collision of multiple stress factors. Pressures from every direction would in the next year seem to converge all at once. Perfectionism, over-commitment, escalated church conflict, people-pleasing, family trials, financial burdens, and my own sinful responses to some of these would eventually all merge together. Two stress-induced heart attacks would be part of the coming year, and David would be there to help me begin to make some sense of it all.
Now that I’m on the other side, I’m able to see things a bit more clearly. The gracious hand of Providence was over it all, enlightening, correcting, changing, training, and blessing me by initiating a life and ministry reboot that humbles and amazes me. Therefore, reading Reset in this new season was not only instructive of the areas where I continue to need to change and grow (there are many), but it also affirmed some of the progress the Spirit has made in repair and maintenance. As a result, David’s words in the Introduction could have been written by me: “Through painful personal experience…I’ve learned that God has graciously provided a number of ways for us to reset our broken and burned-out lives, and to help us to live grace-paced lives in a burnout culture.”
10 Repair Bays
The structure of Reset follows the analogy of a broken down car brought in for repairs and to be equipped for ongoing maintenance. Ten chapters minister grace and truth in ten repair bays.
Reset is a very personal book. Personal because of the author’s refreshing transparency. And personal because it describes me and reveals how much I need to learn to live a life fueled by grace. Our God is the God who is making all things new and, for this, I praise Him. I’m grateful for the wise, balanced, pastoral counsel contained in Reset and I recommend it to you. Note: Reset is written to men, especially pastors. Crossway has just released a similar title for women, entitled Refresh, written by David’s wife, Shona.
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