I was initially intrigued by the title, The Quitter’s Manual: Finding Rest in a World Gone Berserk, and I assumed the book would talk about how to quit our digital habits. In part, it did start on that note, but where the author went from there caught me by surprise and a pleasant one at that.
When I first began to realize where this was headed, I asked myself, “What does quitting (as in the title) have to do with rest?” The author soon answered this question as if he had read my mind:
What does quitting have to do with rest?
Quitting has everything to do with rest, yet it is one of the most difficult things for many humans to do.
From the cradle to the grave, you are taught that you must do certain things in order to remain spiritual or grow spiritually. You are told that you must perform and jump through hoops.
It is simply not so.
You see, you have already been made like Christ.
The more you allow yourself, by the empowering grace of God, to quit trying to make it so and simply realize this fact, the more you become Christ-like.
It’s a gorgeous paradox.
The key act is surrendering your own willpower. You choose to no longer strive against the grain, instead of accepting the reality of the fullness of Christ in you and letting this intoxicating reality seep upwards from your spirit and relentlessly flood your brain.
By doing this, you learn to be still and know experientially that He is God and is fully present in you.
–Jeremy Mangerchine, The Quitter’s Manual
The author begins the book with his testimony of how God used his extremely high blood pressure to get his attention and teach him how to rest. We tend to think of rest as taking a break, a day off, or a vacation, but genuine rest can be found in the midst of stress and chaos. It’s more than unplugging or getting away from it all.
The Quitter’s Manual is generally well-written and enjoyable to read. The author provides a unique perspective based on personal experience. I would like to have seen more Scripture throughout the text to support his experiences. His testimony was believable, but Scripture would have strengthened his points.
Finding Rest in a World Gone Berserk