The life of J.C. Ryle has only to be heard once to be remembered. His 84
years (1816 1900) included remarkable contrasts the promise of a
fortune, then the poverty of a bankrupt; a Suffolk country pastor, then
bishop of the leading seaport of the British Empire. But there was a
still greater change from the successful youth at Eton and Oxford, who
did not pray or read his Bible till he was 21, to become a Christian
'bold as a lion for the truth of God s Word and his Gospel'.
Listen to a author interview at Reformed Forum here.
Thousands of people leave Christian ministry every month. 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
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. Understood properly, and built into our
lives as Christians who are zealous to serve the Lord, they will serve
to protect us from burnout, and keep us working for God's kingdom and
For a great perspective on this work, check out Camden Bucey's view at Reformed Forum.