In this episode I am joined by my wife, Pauline, for a conversation with David and Shona Murray, authors of the books Reset and Refresh. David is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Shona is a medical doctor.
During our conversation they talk about the experiences of burnout that led to them writing the books. They emphasise the importance of living with a greater understanding of grace, and a sense of our own limitations as we live for God. We discuss the relationship between the physical and spiritual sides of our lives and the concept of self care. We also talk about the difference between the well planned life and the summoned life and the relevance of life stages.
Here are a few links you might like to follow up:
- David’s website, which includes a link to his blog
- A link to details of other books David has written (including one on Christians and depression)
- Reset – available on Amazon
- Refresh – available on Amazon
- A link to study guides for the two books
- Tony Schwartz’s Energy Project website (as mentioned in the podcast)
For your own reflection:
- David says that you cannot separate the physical from the spiritual: what are the implications of this for your current pace of life and work?
- How do you strike a balance between self-care and self-indulgence?
- If you are a pastor, what steps do you take to ensure that you get appropriate time for preparation and study?
- What steps do you take to tame your inner voices?