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Do you strive to live the "servant life" only to feel burned out from overcommitment? Do you continue to say "yes" to requests to do more, believing it's what Jesus commanded?
Mary Hammond divides this incisive book into three sections:
• Meeting Ourselves where she looks at faulty perceptions about who we are and who we are supposed to be as Christians• Meeting Jesus Anew in which she guides us to look at the way Jesus struggled with the same problems that often drive us to distraction• Using this Resource with Small Groups which offers guidelines for a freeing adventure instead of a dry discussion of The Road toward Wholeness
• Perfectionism and Self-blame: Never Good Enough• Rescuing and Burnout: Never Helpful Enough• Jesus Struggled with Family Issues• Jesus Said No• Jesus Struggled with Boundaries• Jesus Cared for His Own Needs
Each chapter ends with suggested Scripture verses and reflection questions. Space is available for notes or journaling.
Mary Tuomi Hammond co-pastors Peace Community Church of Oberlin, Ohio, a small campus and community fellowship. She is also a campus minister, mother and grandmother, piano teacher, church musician, and writer. Hammond has written for a variety of denominational publications and co-authored Jésus, las mujeres y yo, a Bible study guide for women, developed in partnership with American Baptist missionary, Ruth Mooney, and a group of Salvadoran women. The Church and the Dechurched: Mending a Damaged Faith was published in 2001 by Chalice Press. It was selected by the Academy of Parish Clergy as one of the "top ten books for parish ministry published in 2001."
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