What do you do when you're too busy to stop and read a book about slowing down? Seize the opportunity to hear pastor, author, and motivational speaker Kirk Byron Jones read to you the words of his own book, Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down.
This much-needed resource debunks the "need for speed" mentality that so many people have embraced as a part of their everyday lives. Jones goes beyond social and psychological analysis to include spiritual perspectives on the dangers of letting hurry become a chronic condition.
"The hectic pace of life in the twenty-first century creates a fertile garden for this empowering book...Anyone who needs to take a long, deep breath during his or her busy day will benefit from this easy but life-changing manuscript." Dr. Jim Royston, Executive Director/Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of NC
"If ever it was a travesty to read a book quickly for review purposes, this is the book. Jones' very language cries out to be savored. He writes clearly, reflectively, persuasively." Donald E. Keeney, The Clergy Journal
"Jones has done an excellent job of giving us insight into taking the time to savor all that life has to offer based on sound biblical principles and life-changing exercises. The fact that the book is short and straight to the point is an added bonus, although after reading it, many may want to go back and savor the book's insight and wisdom, and re-examine their own lives more closely." Chandra Sparks Taylor, QBR
"A single phrase on the colorful cover of this unique book effectively sums up its beneficial content...'Spiritual strategies for slowing down.' And, if that doesn't inspire you, then answer this question...Honestly, now, what's your hurry?" Zel Levin, Book Review
Dr. Kirk Byron Jones, PhD, DMin, MPhil, MDiv, is a graduate of Loyola University, Andover Newton Theological School, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Drew University.
A pastor for twenty years, Rev. Jones was the founding minister of Beacon Light Baptist Church in New Orleans, and Senior Minister at Calvary Baptist Church, Chester, PA; Ebenezer Baptist Church, Boston, MA; and First Baptist Church, Randolph, MA.
Currently a professor of ethics and preaching at Andover Newton Theological School, Dr. Jones serves as guest preacher and teacher at churches, schools and conferences throughout the United States. His writings have been published in various journals, including The Christian Century, Leadership, Gospel Today, Pulpit Digest, and The African American Pulpit, a quarterly preaching journal he co-founded in 1997.
Dr. Jones is the author of several best-selling books including Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers which was recognized in 2009 as one of only 40 books and films selected by Sojourners magazine as the "Best Resources for Social Change." The Sojourners list included the works of historic and contemporary luminaries, including Sojourner Truth, Henri Nouwen, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Jones's other popular titles include:
• Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down
• The Jazz of Preaching: How to Preach With Great Freedom and Joy (Abingdon Press)
• Morning B.R.E.W.: A Divine Power Drink For Your Soul and The Morning B.R.E.W. Journal (Augsburg Books)
• Holy Play: The Joyful Adventure of Unleashing Your Divine Purpose (Jossey-Bass).
Dr. Jones enjoys a leisure life of family play, reading, listening to music (especially jazz), and having new learning adventures every day.