Working from a Place of Rest

Jesus and the key to sustaining ministry

Tony Horsfall

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This book can help us discern what God wants us to say "yes" to, and when to say "no"; it can help us learn to build margin into our lives so that we work from a place of rest. How are you? Busy? If so, and especially if you do not have time to read books, then this is the book for you.
Dr Debbie Hawker, InterHealth

Content

Exhaustion, burnout, tiredness, even breakdown... sadly, such conditions are all too common these days, not least among those involved in some kind of Christian ministry, whether full-time, part-time or voluntary. In striving to do our utmost for God, we can easily forget that there were many times when Jesus himself was willing to rest, to do nothing except wait for the Spirit's prompting, so that he demonstrated the vital principle of 'working from a place of rest'.

Drawing on extensive experience of training and mentoring across the world, Tony Horsfall reflects on the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman to draw out practical guidance for sustainable Christian life and work. As he writes: 'Come and sit by the well for a while. Take some time out to reflect on how you are living and working. Watch Jesus and see how he does it. Listen to what the Spirit may be saying to you deep within, at the centre of your being; and maybe, just maybe, God will give you some insights that will change your life and sustain your ministry over the long haul.'

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This book can help us discern what God wants us to say "yes" to, and when to say "no"; it can help us learn to build margin into our lives so that we work from a place of rest. How are you? Busy? If so, and especially if you do not have time to read books, then this is the book for you.
Dr Debbie Hawker, InterHealth

Author info

Tony Horsfall is a freelance trainer and retreat leader, whose work regularly takes him around the world. He has also written Mentoring for Spiritual Growth (2008) and A Fruitful Life (2006) for BRF, and contributes to New Daylight Bible reading notes.

Reviews

A letter from a reader:

Dear Tony

I'm sure you get plenty of thank you emails. I simply wanted to add to them. Your books: Rhythms of Grace, Working from a Place of Rest, and Mentoring for Spiritual Growth are being used to redirect our ministry.

In August last year, after six years of running our smallholding in Cornwall as a place of prayer and recovery from addiction, mental illness... we came very close to burnout. God stepped in, through a number of friends and supporting churches, and put us on a sabbatical break. Friends in Birmingham, who had been to one of your seminars, suggested we read your books. It's now my second time reading through them and my wife and I can feel God calling us back to his vision for this place.

Thank you for helping us get back on track.


From The Good Bookstall - May 2010

This slim book is a precious antidote to the overload excesses that corrode the heart and soul of all who serve Jesus. Tony Horsfall writes with great wisdom and warmth navigating core truths with great faithfulness and fresh insight!

The narrative of Jesus and the Samaritan woman are central to explorations offered.... I particularly treasured the clarity the author paints of how Jesus said, 'No' to people! Additionally the journey surrounding the cycle of grace offers real help. I would have loved more application, especially surrounding margins and boundaries.

Great book offered up by a wise guide!

Reviewed by Johnny Douglas

Book details

  • ISBN: 9781841015446
  • Published: 22 January 2010
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
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