You've heard people say, "Who you are matters more than what you do." But does the Bible really teach us that? Join pastor and bestselling author John Mark Comer in Garden City as he guides twenty- and thirty-somethings through understanding and embracing their God-given calling.
In Garden City, John Mark Comer gives a surprisingly countercultural take on the typical "spiritual" answer the church gives in response to questions about purpose and calling. Comer explores Scripture to discover God's original intent for how we're meant to spend our time, reshaping how you view and engage in your work, rest, and life.
In these pages, you'll learn that, ultimately, what we do matters just as much as who we are. Garden City will help you find answers to questions like:
Does God care where I work?Does he have a clear direction for me?How can I create a practice of rest?
Praise for Garden City:
"In Garden City, John Mark Comer takes the reader on a journey--from creation to the final heavenly city. But the journey is designed to let each of us see where we are to find ourselves in God's good plan to partner with us in the redemption of all creation. There is in Garden City an intoxication with the Bible's biggest and life-changing ideas."
--Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
In his latest book Comer takes a holistic approach to work, life, and leisure. Arguing that each part of daily life should support a strong spiritual life, Comer delves into his own biography for examples: "I asked the elders of my church if I could quit. They were gracious enough to say yes (maybe they were thinking, Finally.) Now I lead just one church, not three. And I share the leadership with an amazing team of people." He advocates for an approach to work that "builds for the Kingdom of God" and views rest as not just refueling for more work but for sake of worship, enjoyment, and becoming more like God, who rested after creating the heavens and the earth. With candor and an informal tone, Comer injects humor throughout despite the grandiose message. Following the strongly Christian morals at play, Comer wraps up his intricate argument with quotes from the Bible, as well as such writers as N.T. Wright, Miroslav Volf, and Dallas Willard, in support of his view that our redemptive work, alongside purposeful rest, prepares us to reign as God's royal servants in the new creation that will be resurrected after evil is destroyed.
Deep, deeper, and treasure.
Read this book in a day, perspective about work and rest radically changed, and I’m ready to put into practice the vital things this book shared. Read it but be warned that it will change your whole perspective on work and rest.
This book changed my life and taught me what it truly means to be a human- one made in the image of God.
A great one!
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. John writes intelligently and refreshingly clear. I read the book alongside with the audio version and it was an awesome experience. I am so glad I read it. Thanks for writng it John.