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A purposeful guide for 20- and 30-somethings to understand and embrace their calling as well as immediate next steps for their lives.

You've heard people say, "Who you are matters more than what you do." But does the Bible really teach that? 

In Garden City, popular pastor and speaker John Mark Comer gives a surprisingly countercultural take on the typical "spiritual" answer of the church. Comer explores Scripture to discover God's original intent for how we are meant to spend our time, reshaping how you view and do your work, rest, and life. 

Here, you'll find answers to questions like:

  • Does God care where I work?
  • Does he have a clear direction for me?
  • What about what I do with my free time or how much rest I get?

In this book, you'll learn that it's ultimately about the reality that what we do matters, just as much as who we are.

©2015 John Mark Comer (P)2021 Zondervan

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A gentle challenge

From beginning to end John Mark challenged me to think outside of my own mind. Once I thought I formed a complete thought I challenged it in a new way with the next chapter. I came into this book with one question… What am I doing? I’m leaving this book with more questions to reflect on, but a better heart and an excited mind

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Life Changing

learnt so much and for the 1st time in my life I can look at work and have an understand what God designed us for

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What are you doing to build a Garden?

This book is an interesting mix of a more modern social Gospel, and very ancient orthodox, even monastic(think monks and monasteries if you don't know what that word means)ways of thinking.

Comer asks us to break down the sacred secular divide, and to encounter the priesthood of all believers.
What are you called to? Does your job make the word better? Do you compartmentalize your faith or are you all Jesus all the time? Everyone is called, and ministry is always what we have been taught to think it is, we all have one, this book helps us find that perspective.

In learning to work for God and with God, we must also learn to rest in God. And those are the chapters that were the most lifegiving to me, as someone who has always struggled to relax. Do you have patterns of work and rest in your life? Is rest actually restful? Or do you play video games or watch sports that get you all stressed out and emotional? Maybe you stay engaged in social media on your "off time" and get sucked into the drama and anxiety that is so often our meta narrative online. Do you truly rest, like actually stress free, oh my God I can breath rest? And when you do, can you do so without feeling bad for being "lazy?" See, I have always been that guy that is too sick to get out of bed, but still feels bad for not being at work when I am able to get out of bed a few hours later to make coffee, or the guy that will use time off to work really hard at learning that I want to learn, or what have you, I DONT EVER STOP, and that is so true for most of us in the western world, life just never stops. But, even God rested, and his desire is that we would rest as well.

The last part of the book will straight up challenge you if you have a standard American dispensational theology, he talks about kingdom rule and then nature of heaven and earth and we are to usher that in HERE, a new Eden. He has obviously been reading not only the reformers and the ECF's but Moderns like NT Wright. If you believe in the rapture, this part of the book will straight make you want to put it down. But I would challenge you, that what Comer is discussing is a much older view of Gods Kingdom, it is the way Luther saw the world, and many before him. If we bear Gods image and are asked to tame the wild chaos of this world, to be Gods regents in the world, to rule on his behalf, what are you doing to make this world better? What are you doing to usher in the New Eden? What are you doing to be God on earth, or are you to busy watching and waiting to get zapped away instead.

Overall I would say I was 7/10 on the theology of this book, it is easily accessible due to Comers conversational style so it is a 10/10 for story, and he fact that it is read by the author itself is always a plus for me when I get to hear it their own words, instead of someone else interpretation. so 10/10 for Performance. I dont agree with everything he says about eschatology but he is closer than most I have read, so for this it was marked down to 4

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  • 01-10-22

Enlightening and challenging read

I was both encouraged and humbled by this brilliant book, Comer manages to communicate the inherent godliness and goodness of work and rest in our lives, and he recaptures their importance in this enlightening guide to living lives pleasing and holy to God

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  • 09-22-21

Great!!

Loved listening to an author read their own book. It brings it to life. will definitely read again especially the part about Sabbath.

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  • 01-05-22

I should have read this yesterday

I'm very grateful for this read. Gods word is full of gold that Mark has done a great job of finding and presenting well!!