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Cemetery headstones are as diverse as the people they represent. But all have one things in common: the birth and death dates are always separated by a small dash. The whole of our lives on earth comes down to that dash.
Most of us want our eventual dash to reflect truth and goodness, beauty and joy, depth and meaning. Imagine the peace of knowing you will have no regrets as you finish this race called life because you lived each day in a way that mattered for the moment and for eternity. New York City pastor Jon Tyson wants to make sure that is the story of your dash.
But that doesn't come easy. Your story is not neutral or unopposed. A constant tug-of-war between the ways of this world and the wonder of the gospel competes for your attention...and your heart. The Burden Is Light shows how to overcome the distractions that lure us to "mislive" for prosperity, pleasure and performance. There's a better way forward. Discover it and you'll find your voice and purpose through a beautifully countercultural, God-centered life.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)|
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Jon Tyson's exploration of the reverse economy of the kingdom frees his readers from merit-based living...not just in terms of salvation, but daily, earthly value. Life is not meant to be a series of competitions or a survival of the fittest rat race. Yet so many of the messages around us, so many of the voices bombarding our hearts and minds tie up our value and package it with our accolades.
This book gives another way forward. It shows readers how to value their individual lives based on what God says about them, rather than how they measure themselves against the world. This is a must read for each and every person trying to find their voice and purpose in a loud and frenetic world.
John Mark Comer, pastor for vision and teaching at Bridgetown Church and author of God Has a Name
"At some point we all must decide how we will invest this one life weve been given. Some will pursue self-exalting ends, such as power, riches, recognition, and control. Others will pursue God- and other- centered ends, such as the sharing of power, giving generously, pouring ourselves out in lives of service, and trusting God to direct our affairs. In this simultaneously convicting and liberating book, Jon gives us fresh eyes to see the folly of the former and the wisdom of the latter. I pray that The Burden Is Light will have an impact on you in the way that it did me, as it presses us to revisit the wise words penned by C. S. Lewis: Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth "thrown in": Aim at Earth and you will get neither."
Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville and author of Jesus Outside the Lines and From Weakness to Strength
"We live in a world that esteems and promotes values counter to the kingdom of God. Unknowingly, many believers have embraced the worlds values and are therefore not experiencing the fullness of God made available to those who embrace the ways of the kingdom. I am so grateful that God has raised up Jon Tyson as a voice to the church, calling us to a better way of living. His latest book, The Burden Is Light, has a brilliant and profound message that will free you from the pressure of performance-based living, which is ultimately fueled by a wrong definition of success. There is no one better to write on this issue than Jon, who has lived out this message in a city that relentlessly pursues endeavors that will never satisfy the deep longing of the heart. This book is a necessary manifesto on choosing to live a different way and experiencing the freedom and deep satisfaction only found in God."
Banning Liebscher, founder and pastor of Jesus Culture, author of Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops You
"I have always appreciated Jons thoughtful approach to faith, culture, and spiritual formation. I am excited that he is willing to share some of the most important insights he has learned pastoring in New York over the last decade."
Gabe Lyons, founder of Q and author of unChristian, The Next Christians, and Good Faith
"Despite living in such comfortable times with historically unparalleled levels of freedom, many of us live with a stifling blanket of anxiety, comparison, and failure weighing us down. With candor, curiosity, and Christlikeness, Jon Tyson shows us a better way, pointing us toward the abundant life Jesus promised us."
Mark Sayers, senior leader of Red Church, Melbourne, Australia, and author of Disappearing Church and Strange Days
"Jon Tyson is the real deal. He has worked out his understanding of discipleship, mission, and spirituality in the rough and tumble of New York, a city infamous for its sheer busyness and drivenness. The result of his personal integrity in wrestling with the issues is that he has bequeathed to us a book that is as profound as it is practical. A worthy read!"
Alan Hirsch, author and activist