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You know that tendency to take the path of least resistance? to do whatever takes the least effort? to keep people at arm’s-length? to avoid sticky situations and conversations? That’s something I call comfort addiction. I know all about it because I’ve become addicted to living within my comfort zone, where nothing disrupts me too much.
“For too long I have lived life on comfort mode, making choices for life engagement based on safety, ease, and convenience. It has left me very little wiggle room, just a small parcel of real estate upon which to live, move, and have my being. It’s not quite the abundant life Jesus was offering.”
God’s severe mercy is breaking me from comfort’s grip. I’m detailing my journey in my first book, titled Comfort Detox: Finding Freedom from Habits That Bind You.
I am pleased to be working with the brilliant team at InterVarsity Press. Official release date is February 7, 2017, likely to be the best Tuesday of my life.
Comfort Detox Journal Links
The end-of-chapter questions in Comfort Detox have been pulled together in a free downloadable and printable journal designed by InterVarsity Press. Several of the exercises send you to online resources; to keep them up-to-date, the journal directs you here for the links:
CHAPTER 1: A SEVERE MERCY
Step 2: Embracing Reality
Learn about racism:
Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World? by Eugene Cho
Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland
CHAPTER 2: CONFINED
Step 5: Detoxing from Safety
Take the Risk-Taking Test at PsychTests.com.
Step 6: Detoxing from Perfection
Listen to this podcast with Amy Carroll, author of Breaking up with Perfect.
CHAPTER 3: DETACHED
Step 8: Detoxing from the Savior Complex
Take the Savior Complex Quiz at Revival Magazine.
CHAPTER 4: ABSORBED
Step 10: Detoxing from the American Dream
Find your place on the Global Rich List.*
* I am in no way endorsing CARE International or asking you to donate to their work.
CHAPTER 6: THE COMFORTED
Step 13: The Full Story
Watch “The Danger of a Single Story” TEDTalk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
CHAPTER 8: ENGAGED
Step 18: Practicing Engagement
Listen to “Come Close Now” by Christa Wells.
CHAPTER 9: CAPTIVATED
Step 20: Practicing True Citizenship
Watch “From Being Undocumented to Becoming a U.S. Citizen” by AJ+.