Zeal Without Burnout Blog Tour

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Zeal without Burnout: Seven Keys to a Lifelong Ministry of sustainable Sacrifice Book Cover Zeal without Burnout: Seven Keys to a Lifelong Ministry of sustainable Sacrifice
Christopher Ash
The Good Book Company
March 1, 2016

Lots of people who are involved in Christian ministry (whether paid or unpaid) find themselves having to step back from it. They have not lost their love for Christ, or their desire to serve him. But for one reason or another, they are exhausted and simply cannot carry on.

Christopher Ash knows this experience all too well. As a pastor of a growing church, and then in his role training people for ministry, he has found himself on the edge of burnout a number of times, and has pastored many younger ministers who have reached the end of their tether.

His wisdom has been distilled into this short, accessible book, in which he reveals a neglected biblical truth and seven keys that flow from it. This practical and biblical guidance will help enthusiastic Christians gain the mindset and lifestyle to protect themselves from burnout and serve Jesus for the long term in a sustainable way.

Below, the Cross Focused Reviewers weigh in on Zeal without Burnout: Seven Keys to a Lifelong Ministry of sustainable Sacrifice by Christopher Ash (The Good Book Company, 2016).

“This book has a place in the library of every believer (especially those serving in formal ministry) as we navigate this complex 21st century world. Zeal Without Burnout is the type of book that should be read at least every few years as a spiritual burnout “check-up”, especially for those of us in positions which lend themselves to burnout.”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you know a pastor going through a burnout situation, give them this book. I think some churches need to read this book so they can know their pastor is human because some of them don’t want to admit that. Anyone in ministry, especially those starting out, need to read this book.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

…”a good work, one that ministers should have in their personal library and read from time to time. Those who are not in full time ministry but serve the Lord will also benefit from this book… I think this book should also be used for doctorate of ministry programs…”
Reviewer: Jim Lee
Rating: 5 Stars

“In many circles, overworking and constantly being extremely busy is seen as a positive thing – something to brag about. This book wisely points out the flaws in being overzealous to the point of breakdown, suggesting how we can have zeal without burnout.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’ve found myself simplifying over the past year or so because of my personal struggles with near burnout, and this book was a welcome reminder of why the simplification for a “long term and low key” ministry opportunity and style of homeschooling are important.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 5 Stars

“…this book is worth putting on your shelf (after you’ve read it) if you’re in ministry. As the subtitle suggests, these keys are not for ministry in general, but are kind of back-end suggestions (or principles) for how your ministry and level of service can be zealous but sustainable.”
Reviewer: Nate Claiborne
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is small and easy to read – making it an excellent book to re-read as you become discouraged in service…a great addition to any Christian’s library.”
Reviewer: Cindy Cook
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is mercifully short. Not because it is bad or that there isn’t more to say, but because this book will help one who is either on the brink or in the midst of burnout. It gives you principles to consider for further reflection.”
Reviewer: Doug Newell
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a wonderful reminder. Our joy must come from God and His grace, not in the successes of ministry. At 125 pages this is a book that can be read in a short period of time. I think that it would be especially encouraging to all who serve in Christian ministry.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“I greatly enjoyed this book.”
Reviewer: William Sipling
Rating: 4 Stars

“For the pastor who does not think he needs this book, it is for you. For the one serving in ministry who thinks they can wear themselves out without considering biblical wisdom, you need to pick up a copy. Zeal without Burnout is a humbling and helpful book for all pastors and all Christians in ministry who are concerned for the health of the church and for the health of their ministries, because if the leader is not healthy, the church will follow lead.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly commend Zeal Without Burnout and anticipate a wide reading, which will lead to encouragement for many pastors and Christian leaders in the days ahead.”
Reviewer: David Steele
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is definitely a life-saver for those of us in ministry. Service should not be too burdensome or be allowed to turn into a boring chore. Serving is a joyful endeavour that reflects the life and vitality of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. If we are ever in the state of burnout, most probably, we have taken our ministry way too seriously.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are in ministry you must learn how to balance the demands of the job with rest and replenishment. This resource will help you work through that without throwing in the towel.”
Reviewer: Zach Kendrick
Rating: 5 Stars

“If internalized, this slim volume combines truths and testimonies that will safeguard the reader from burning out in his or her service to the Lord.”
Reviewer: Mike Knox
Rating: 5 Stars

“Burnout is a gradual, subtle, and dangerous result of not taking care of ourselves, and Ash hopes we will seize the day in getting the right outlook on how ministry incorporates rest and renewal. It’s a short, but very clear presentation of God’s plan for this important topic.”
Reviewer: Zach Barnhart
Rating: 5 Stars

“It is a good place to start – and words well worth heeding.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you think you are too busy for this book, then it might especially be for you!”
Reviewer: Eva Scott
Rating: 5 Stars

“Burnout is a growing problem – this little book is one way to help guard against it in ourselves and in those we care about.”
Reviewer: Stephen Steele
Rating: 4 Stars

“I cannot think of a better book on this subject. You will be encouraged & convicted about why you do what you do & who you do it for. Remember, it is ok to take a break. In fact, it might do you some good & cause you to work harder & last longer in the long run.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“An excellent book. I’ve read a few on burnout over the past couple of years… And honestly, I think this is the best.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 5 Stars

“We proudly assume that God needs our sacrifice, our gifts, or our personalities to build His kingdom. Ash graciously shatters that thinking. I found myself humbled and encouraged by this book. It stands as a needed warning against my own pride and offers a helpful balance so that I can faithfully sacrifice without foolishly rushing into burnout. This is a book to read and to share; enjoy and be blessed!”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 5 Stars

“This will be a book I pick up time and time again, when discouragement threatens to settle in my life.”
Reviewer: Joanne Viola
Rating: 5 Stars

“The phrase “sustainable sacrifice,” is a keeper and Ash uses the introduction to explain that this isn’t heroism or martyrdom, rather this is the ability to give generously and to do so day after day after day. And for all of us who are in positions of influence, who seek to make the world a better place, I believe setting up a life that sacrifices in sustainable ways describes something we can all aspire to.”
Reviewer: Bo White
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Zeal Without Burnout is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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