In June of 2014 I hit a wall. Not literally, but my life came to a halt. As a teacher, I had the summer off. But it was all I could do to get out of bed each day and try to summon the energy for productivity.
If you can relate to that feeling at all, you might want to check out David Murray’s Reset. I was able to read it and do a write-up for Christ and Pop Culture and you can read the rest of what I said there.
I noted it in passing in the write-up, but this book is primarily for men, and primarily for men in ministry. Murray’s wife is a family physician and there is a follow-up for women (Refresh) coming out soon (as in October).
I also noted that while he is writing to men, it is mostly common sense advice that applies to everyone. We live in a burnout culture, and if you don’t believe me, you should read this. You’ll learn fun facts, such as, how many people have experienced it, what the most likely occupations are to experience it, and how long a typical season lasted (mine lasted about 6 months and included a trip to the ER).
I thought the second chapter was the most valuable. There, Murray lists warning signs to keep in mind. Those lists are available here. If, in the course of reading through them, you realize you have a problem, I’d recommend picking up this book by Murray. You can watch the video here to get a bit more of his heart behind writing. The book is either under $10 if you get it on Amazon, or it’s free if you become a Christ and Pop Culture member. I’ve benefited from Murray’s writing and ministry in the past few years and hope you can do the same!