In the book Lay it down: living in the freedom of the gospel, the author talks about his own personal burnout and bought of depression while in the ministry. The years of continually having to prove his worth by meeting everyones expectations left him feeling trapped.
While I did enjoy the book, and the first several chapters where easy to read and understand, I quickly lost interest as I found it harder to read and understand the point he was trying to get across further into the book.
He bounced back and fourth a lot which made it hard to follow along. Maybe it’s because I am just a recently born again Christian after loosing my own way for 2 decades.
However, I would still recommend this book to those that feel like they are trapped in performance of the gospel and to learn about the Author’s own journey to “freedom.”
From the back cover:
Call it burnout, a spiritual breakdown, or a personal crisis, the toll of Bill Tell’s decades of successful ministry finally caught up with him. Incapacitated and depressed, he found that the road to recovery began at the cross. To his delight, healing opened new freedoms as he embraced the gospel in new ways.
Lay It Down: Living in the Freedom of the Gospel is a bold declaration of the overwhelming grace of God. More than merely saving us in our sin, by grace God delivers us from it, making us new creations and treating us accordingly―no matter what. For a generation of Christians who have learned a gospel of performance and striving, Lay It Down offers the good news of the grace that is already ours in Christ.