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John Mark Comer is the founding pastor at Bridgetown Church, director and teacher of Practicing the Way, and the New York Times bestselling author of Live No Lies and other books. His passion is the intersection of spiritual formation and post-Christian culture, and to that end, he is regularly vis mere found reading the desert fathers and mothers, ancient saints and obscure contemplatives, modern psychologists and social scientists, and op-eds from the New York Times. Most important, he is husband to T and father to Jude, Moses, and Sunday. vis mindre

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John Mark Comer lives, works, and writes in the urban core of Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Tammy, and their three children, Jude, Moses, and Sunday.

He is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church.

Prior to planting Bridgetown, John Mark was the lead pastor of a suburban megachurch. Before that, he played in a band. John Mark has a master's degree in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is the author of Loveology, My Name is Hope, Garden City and God Has a Name.

For more of John Mark's teachings on the Scriptures, Jesus, and life, go to and sign up for the podcast or visit

I live in Portland, OR, with my wife Tammy and our three kids – Jude, Moses and Sunday. Portland is this great city in the Pacific Northwest buzzing with culture - food, drink, coffee, indie bands, and lots of depressed people. I love it.



John Mark Comer wrote a simple book on addressing the issue of hurry and its many facets in our lives, and how that is directly in conflict with the life that Jesus would have us follow if we are to walk in His steps. Comer emphasizes the need to look at the actual life of Jesus (how he took time for solitude, prayer, and slowing down to address the needs before him.
The second part focuses on the four areas that he believes need to be addressed: Silence & Solitude, Sabbath, Simplicity, and Slowing. Most of the things he brings up are not exactly new, but the combined focus on the different areas with practical advice is helpful to allow the reader to examine their own life and figure out ways to put these practices into their lives to walk closer to Jesus. While many of his practical ideas may not work for me (already implementing or disagree with my life style), there is wisdom in what the practical ideas are trying to address in regards to the four areas of focus.
Comer definitely refers to Dallas Willard and John Ortberg enough that I will have to dive into their works.
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wvlibrarydude | 11 andre anmeldelser | Jan 15, 2024 |
I'm a big fan of John Mark. His books are articulated well and his writing flows. This book also follows suit with his other books. It's well-written, easy to read, and has a wealth of information about Practicing the Way of Jesus and how to be with Jesus. He asks thought-provoking questions and his explanations are easy to understand and gives lots of thoughts to ponder. I like that he discusses how he came to form his Rule of Life and gives examples of how to create my own.
DawnRWilliams | Dec 14, 2023 |
John Mark Comer ist Pastor einer Gemeinde in Oregon, USA. In Deutschland wurde er vor allem durch sein Buch, „Das Ende der Rastlosigkeit“ bekannt. Dieses Buch, „Ruhe. Arbeit. Ewigkeit.“ wurde zuerst verfasst und legt einen stärkeren Schwerpunkt auf Arbeit. Dennoch sind die Überlegungen zur Ruhe, die in „Das Ende der Rastlosigkeit“ vertieft werden, möglicherweise trotz ihrer Kürze hier bedeutsamer, da nur das Wesentliche erläutert wird.

Der Autor führt den Leser von der Schöpfung bis zur Erneuerung von Himmel und Erde und regt zum Nachdenken über Themen wie Arbeit, Berufung, Exzellenz, Ruhe und das ewige Leben an. Seine Gedanken sind gut durchdacht und biblisch fundiert. Sein Schreibstil ist äußerst verständlich, selbst wenn er komplexe Ideen erläutert. Das Lesen fühlt sich an wie eine Unterhaltung, da der Autor den Leser persönlich anspricht und sogar humorvolle Bemerkungen im Buch zu finden sind.

Die Themen des Buchs sind vor allem für junge Erwachsene interessant, und auch die Schreibweise passt zu dieser Altersgruppe. Das Buch behandelt hauptsächlich drei Themen: Arbeit, Ruhe und Ewigkeit.

Der erste Punkt, Arbeit, wird am ausführlichsten behandelt. Comer beginnt im Garten Eden, um zu zeigen, dass Arbeit kein Fluch ist, sondern etwas Positives. Der Auftrag, die Erde zu beherrschen, wurde schließlich vor dem Sündenfall gegeben. Der Autor möchte dem Leser helfen, eine positive Beziehung zu seiner Arbeit zu finden. Dazu gehört auch die Überlegung, welche Arbeit zu mir als Person passt und wie ich dieser Berufung folgen kann. Dem Autor ist es wichtig zu betonen, dass Arbeit und Dienst für Gott nicht getrennt werden sollten, denn letztendlich tun wir alles für Gott.

Der nächste Abschnitt über Ruhe ist kürzer, aber trotzdem sehr wertvoll. Comer ermutigt dazu, die Freiheit, die in einem Ruhetag liegt, zu schätzen. Er erzählt außerdem, wie seine Familie den Ruhetag feiert. Dabei ist das Wort „feiert“ ein wichtiger Hinweis darauf, was diesen Tag auszeichnet.

Im kürzesten Teil dieses Buches geht es um die Ewigkeit und unser produktives Leben auf einer neuen Erde nach der Auferstehung. Dabei möchte der Autor vermitteln, dass es mehr gibt als was wir jetzt in unserem Arbeitsalltag erleben. Er zeigt, wie unser jetziges Leben uns auf die Ewigkeit vorbereitet.

Fazit: Ein aufschlussreiches und leicht zu lesendes Buch über Arbeit und Ruhe mit einer Ewigkeitsperspektive. Sehr empfehlenswert, vor allem für Menschen, die am Anfang ihrer Berufstätigkeit stehen!
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strickleserl | Oct 10, 2023 |
John Mark Comer was a young pastor who burned himself out early in his career chasing the mega-church model of modern Christianity. He chose to leave that model, move to the city (Portland) and reconstruct his work around the idea of daily rhythms that eliminated hurry and allowed him to rest, even in his work, living a life of constant war against hurry.

The current volume tells that story, along with his identifying the problem of hurry in our society, his solution for following Christ in an "easy yoke", and four practices for living and unhurried life: silence and solitude, sabbath, simplicity and slowing.

There is good wisdom in the book, particularly as it relates to our frenetic American lifestyle. His exhortation toward greater simplicity in our lives is good and needed in our culture. But I found myself a little troubled by two main issues as I read the book.

The first is how he constructs the life we seek to live in following Christ. In my view, it's a life of self-denial and trust, following Christ wherever He leads. Our church now supports a pastor in Syria who is overwhelmed with the endless need of tens of thousands of refugees he ministers to in Lebanon. Likewise, another pastor we support is in constant danger for his life in northern Kenya. Should our main exhortation to these men, serving in these extreme circumstances, be to live a life of silence and solitude? To slow down? Rather, it seems to me, it should be to follow Christ, to trust Him, to live as He calls, to deny myself and follow wherever that path leads.

I'm not saying that Comer's call to eliminate hurry is wrong. Rather, I have the unsettled feeling that he is aiming us at the wrong goal. That there is a risk our yearning for silence and solitude is a reaction to the poor way we have envisioned evangelical Christianity and worship in the last several decades, and that there is great danger it might lead to more self-focus than Christ-focus in how we live out our call.

The second is more a point of curiosity: I do some writing myself and know something of the demands of the life of a pastor. Both can be--are--easily full time jobs. As I read the book, I kept finding myself wondering, "Has he really eliminated hurry in his life if he is leading a church and writing this book at the same time? Is his life really that simple and slow?" I don't know him at all, but do know that the bent toward activity that burnt him out in his early career is not easily cast aside. Praying that he has not exchanged one frenetic life for another.

As my last point, I ask my two "audio books" brothers: do you have the guts to read "The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry" at 1.5 or 1.75 speed?
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fathermurf | 11 andre anmeldelser | Oct 4, 2023 |


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