Self-Care

Books

Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning – Most of us believe in God’s grace — in theory. But somehow we can’t seem to apply it in our daily lives. We continue to see Him as a small-minded bookkeeper, tallying our failures and successes on a score sheet. Yet God gives us His grace, willingly, no matter what we’ve done. We come to Him as ragamuffins — dirty, bedraggled, and beat-up. And when we sit at His feet, He smiles upon us, the chosen objects of His “furious love.”

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature While Remaining Emotionally Immature by Peter Scazzero. Unless you slow and quiet your life down for a first-hand relationship with Jesus Christ, little change is possible. Topics include how to identify emotionally unhealthy spirituality, how to grow your soul through grief and loss, and how to develop into an emotionally mature adult.

Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen. Initially written for a Jewish friend, Life of the Beloved has become Henri Nouwen’s greatest legacy to Christians around the world. This sincere testimony of the power and invitation of Christ is indeed a great guide to a truly uplifting spiritual life in today’s world.

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. If you’ve ever wondered: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? Unpacking the 10 laws of boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend give you biblically based answers to these and other tough questions, and show you how to set healthy boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, coworkers, and even with yourself.

Reset; Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture by David Murray. Drawing on personal experiences―and time spent counseling other men in the midst of burnout―David Murray offers weary men hope for the future, helping them identify the warning signs of burnout and offering practical strategies for developing patterns that are necessary for living a grace-paced life and reaching the finish line with their joy intact.

Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands by Shona Murray and David Murray. Many women don’t realize they’re running at an unsustainable pace until it hurts them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Drawing on many years of counseling and their own experiences of burnout, wife and husband team Shona and David Murray want to help you slow down to a more grace-paced life―enabling you to avoid the pitfall of burnout, cultivate sustainable habits for the future, and experience the rest of body and soul that God intends for you.

 

Podcasts

Rest with Abigail Dodds (Journey Women Podcast, episode 45)

 

Articles on Rooted

New to Youth Ministry: Self-Care and Boundaries by Liz Edrington

Youth Pastors Should Be the Weakest People on Staff by Seth Stewart

A Tale of Rejection and Perfection in Youth Ministry by Liz Edrington

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