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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    This Book Is A Must!

    I have now finished this book and I must say that if you can get a copy of Mad Church Disease do so today.Having been awfully close to burnout myself, including the recent past, I found this book to be a Godsend. This book is a must for anyone in ministry, leadership or just living life day to day.I found the book to be challenging and God used it to help me re-evaluate how much is on my plate on a day to day basis. I started making recent changes that have allowed me to clear that plate more and to increase my time in more important areas, like spending time with my family and the Lord.Warning: The book is frank and not for the faint of heart. It's for those who need to have a heart challenge!Read and be blessed!

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

    Quit reading this review and buy the book! :)

    Reading is a passion that I am getting reacquainted with. With having two small children, my uninterrupted time is rare. So let me preface this review by saying this. I barely have time to write about a book that I like so why would I take the time to tell you about a book that I wouldn't recommend?

    I first heard of Anne Jackson several years ago through another blog. Her realness and ability to tackle tough, "unmentionable" subjects with such grace impressed me. As I continued to read her blog, I was stopped dead in my tracks.

    "Does working at this church interfere with your communion with Christ?"

    *gasp*

    Had Anne been reading my mail?

    We're around the same age, both have grown up and served in various churches our entire lives. We shared similar life experiences and now.now, she was ripping scabs off of some of the most painful parts of my life. Thanks, a lot, Anne.

    Growing up, my family was very active volunteers in our local church. I began helping as soon as I could. Later in my adult life this led to being full-time staff for a local ministry and now a church planter.

    Anne's words came at a point in my life when I literally had nothing left to offer the church world. She was in the process of writing a book entitled "Mad Church Disease: Overcoming The Burnout Epidemic" and I was indeed experiencing burnout.

    "When we should have been fighting with our fellow believers back-to-back, we find ourselves bandaging our wounds from friendly fire. When we should be breathing life into a comatose world, we find ourselves gasping for air, just trying to survive. When we should be celebrating the gift of our friends and families, we find our hearts breaking for the way they are mistreated. A very real pain comes out of a very real battle each of use is called to fight. To some of us, this is a relatively new and shocking pain. To others, we've grown numb because we've learned to expect the worse. You may be taking your first steps into serving. Or maybe like me, you've been exposed to both the beautiful and terrible faces of the church for your entire life."

    Flash forward to November of 2009.

    I had the privilege to hear Anne speak at the Dirt Conference, a creative conference that was being held in Little Rock, AR. She had more guts than I think I could ever have but I felt as if I was listening to my long, lost sister who had gotten a hold of my diary and was exposing all of my entries to a crowd of my creative colleagues. After the conference, I rushed to buy her book and gave it a read.

    In Mad Church Disease, Anne brilliantly equates ministry (vocationally or volunteer) burnout with the symptoms of Mad Cow Disease. She speaks candidly of her experiences as a leader dealing with stress and struggles. Anne asks hard hitting questions in the "Exam Room" at the end of each chapter inviting the reader into introspection, repentance, forgiveness and ultimately, healing.

    This is a must read for every ministry volunteer or staff member. Whether you are currently experiencing burnout or if you've yet to feel it (because you'll more than likely feel it at some point) this book offers hope and gives voice to the things so many of us long to express. All I can say is. Thanks, Anne. Thanks, a lot.

    For more information on Anne Jackson, check out her website www.flowerdust.net and also be looking for her next book,"Permission To Speak Freely: Things You Can't Say In Church" coming in the future.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

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    Mad Church Disease, Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic

    Mad Church Disease, Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic by Anne Jackson is a God-send, a must read book right now for leaders or anyone with a position in Ministry. This is the first book released by this author and a successful at that. It was published by Zondervan in February of 2009 and she is currently working on another book called "Permission to Speak Freely" to be released on August of 2010.

    This book is both a refreshing confession and a hard look at the struggles of ministry burnout, its symptoms and the dangers it can bring into the Church and the lives of its leaders. This book isn't just for Pastors. Burnout can affect everyone from the senior pastor to the worship team to the greeters at the door.

    In depth examination and reflection are the concept of "Mad Church Disease". Anne guides the reader into the different ways we all can be attacked. She shows us that our physical, mental, social and yes.spiritual health suffer when burnout is raging on the inside of us. Here is the great thing that I love about this book; we can read all about the problems and issues facing us in ministry, but this book is different. There is much healing to be found within its pages. Towards the end of the book, Anne dives into a practical pursuit of spiritual restoration, forgiveness of those who have wronged you and living life to the fullest.

    In conclusion, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I urge you strongly to get it, read it, study it and apply it to your life. I read the book in one day, I couldn't put it down. You will find yourself flying through the pages. This author, Anne Jackson is making an immense difference in people's lives today and mine is one of them. God bless you!


    Resources:
    www.madchurchdisease.com
    www.flowerdust.net

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    Buy Mad Church Disease Today!

    I have now finished this book and I will say again that if you can get a copy of Mad Church Disease do so today. Having been awfully close to burnout myself, including the recent past, I found this book to be a Godsend. This book is a must for anyone in ministry, leadership or just living life day to day.

    I found the book to be challenging and God used it to help me re-evaluate how much is on my plate on a day to day basis. I started making recent changes that have allowed me to clear that plate more and to increase my time in more important areas, like spending time with my family and the Lord.

    Warning: The book is frank and not for the faint of heart. It's for those who need to have a heart challenge!

    Read and be blessed!

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    Only Wish I Could Rate It Higher

    I'm going to bare my heart and soul a bit to you in this one. Recently, a member of our congregation presented unfounded allegations about our family's personal life to my husband/pastor. It nearly pushed me under spiritually.<BR/><BR/>I wanted so badly to walk away from church, ministry, people...everything but Jesus. I didn't, but it is only because of God's grace, sufficiency and mercy that I didn't.<BR/><BR/>Being in ministry is hard; being a family in ministry is harder. And this is a much needed book for anyone or any family who serves in any capacity of church ministry. If you love your pastor and his family, if you love your church staff...if you love yourself, you will get and read and apply this book.<BR/><BR/>"Mad Church Disease" is a careful and Biblical examination of burnout in ministry. We are at epidemic proportions of burnout in the American church. However, when Anne researched books on the topic, she found little if any materials.<BR/><BR/>That sparked the desire to write something that would reach out to families suffering from overloads of stress or burnout. I'm not thankful for what my sister Anne went through in order to write this book, but yet I am.<BR/><BR/>She writes with authentic voice because she's been there. She writes with information because she's done her homework. And she writes from a servant's heart, packing this short, easy to read book with Scripture after Scripture and interview after interview.<BR/><BR/>This woman truly has a heart for ministry and for those who minister. She herself grew up in a pastor's home and suffered from abuse of every variety. Anne does not hide her own struggles or sins; she bravely bares them in this examination of how to keep moving forward in a lifestyle that somehow seems to drain the life out of us.<BR/><BR/>Anne's approach is multi-faceted. She doesn't just talk about spiritual disciplines, but mental, emotional and physical ones as well. I truly haven't read such a well rounded book on whole being care in my life.<BR/><BR/>With personal stories as well as interviews and comments from those in ministry, Anne's words ring with powerful authenticity and truth. Not only has she walked this road, but she brings us other sojourners along the way for encouragement and "follow me as I follow Christ" exhortations.<BR/><BR/>I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I cannot urge you strongly enough to get, read, study and apply this book. Thankfully, Anne's writing style is so engaging that you'll find yourself flying through the pages.<BR/><BR/>Don't.<BR/><BR/>Take your time. Savor each section. Roll it around in your soul and let the messages and the warnings soak in. And then make time to live it out in your life and in the lives of your family and your staff.<BR/><BR/>If we don't, we could very well quench the Spirit's power and ability to move and to bring revival to the church and to our world. It is that critical that we understand the message of Anne's book--a message God had her write for such a time as this.<BR/><BR/>"Mad Church Disease" releases January 2009 from Zondervan. Watch for it. Buy it by the case and distribute it to those in your congregations, your network, your life who are serving in any capacity for ministry--but especially for your pastor and his family.<BR/><BR/>I'm awarding this book the golden bookmark with the golden tassel for publishing excellence, as well as "Best in Christian Ministry of the Decade".

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