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A NYC pastor and global influencer inspires readers to find their most meaningful and purposeful life. Surprising to many, this life is not measured by success, comparison, or accolades. Rather, free and joyful living stems from a God-centered celebration of our union with Christ and the lives of those around us. Jon Tyson's exploration of the reverse economy of the ki A NYC pastor and global influencer inspires readers to find their most meaningful and purposeful life. Surprising to many, this life is not measured by success, comparison, or accolades. Rather, free and joyful living stems from a God-centered celebration of our union with Christ and the lives of those around us. Jon Tyson's exploration of the reverse economy of the kingdom frees his readers from merit-based living...not just in terms of salvation, but daily, earthly value. Life is not meant to be a series of competitions or a survival of the fittest rat race. Yet so many of the messages around us, so many of the voices bombarding our hearts and minds tie up our value and package it with our accolades. This book gives another way forward. It shows readers how to value their individual lives based on what God says about them, rather than how they measure themselves against the world. This is a must read for each and every person trying to find their voice and purpose in a loud and frenetic world.


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A NYC pastor and global influencer inspires readers to find their most meaningful and purposeful life. Surprising to many, this life is not measured by success, comparison, or accolades. Rather, free and joyful living stems from a God-centered celebration of our union with Christ and the lives of those around us. Jon Tyson's exploration of the reverse economy of the ki A NYC pastor and global influencer inspires readers to find their most meaningful and purposeful life. Surprising to many, this life is not measured by success, comparison, or accolades. Rather, free and joyful living stems from a God-centered celebration of our union with Christ and the lives of those around us. Jon Tyson's exploration of the reverse economy of the kingdom frees his readers from merit-based living...not just in terms of salvation, but daily, earthly value. Life is not meant to be a series of competitions or a survival of the fittest rat race. Yet so many of the messages around us, so many of the voices bombarding our hearts and minds tie up our value and package it with our accolades. This book gives another way forward. It shows readers how to value their individual lives based on what God says about them, rather than how they measure themselves against the world. This is a must read for each and every person trying to find their voice and purpose in a loud and frenetic world.

30 review for The Burden Is Light: Liberating Your Life from the Tyranny of Performance and Success

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tommy Kiedis

    I like knowing the one who tells me "the burden is light" walks with the ease he urges for others. I have watched Jon Tyson for more than a decade. I've seen him as Jesus follower, church planter, father, husband, and friend. He is a traveler on that liberated path! When Jon tells us Christ gives freedom from the tyranny of performance and success, these are not empty words. Yes, I've read his book; but more importantly I've read his life. Collectively, this is a powerful combination. The Burden I like knowing the one who tells me "the burden is light" walks with the ease he urges for others. I have watched Jon Tyson for more than a decade. I've seen him as Jesus follower, church planter, father, husband, and friend. He is a traveler on that liberated path! When Jon tells us Christ gives freedom from the tyranny of performance and success, these are not empty words. Yes, I've read his book; but more importantly I've read his life. Collectively, this is a powerful combination. The Burden Is Light: Liberating Your Life from the Tyranny of Performance and Success is delightful to read for its depth, thought, prose, and everyday practicality. As Jon notes, God wants you to live your story well. This book is a great tool to close the gap "between your actual self and the self God desires for you." I highly recommend it. Here are five of my takeaways from reading The Burden Is Light: 1. The call of Jesus is about living well: Jon puts William Irving's concept of "misliving" before us: "There is a danger that you will mislive--that despite all your activity . . . you will end up living a bad life." Tyson presents the challenge, but through his pages he demonstrates how Christ renders that fear a needless worry. 2. How to arrest comparison, the thief of joy: Who does not struggle with comparison, what Teddy Roosevelt tagged, "the thief of joy"? Again, Jon points me to Christ's better way, finding my true identity, finding my call, and running my race. Can someone speak these words over my life each morning? 3. Blessing: "All ministry flows from blessing, not for it. We minister because we are blessed, not to gain blessing." (page 97) 4. Breaking the bottle: Mary broke the bottle of perfume over the Savior's feet. She is the exemplar of passionate living, to abandon ourselves completely to Christ. "There is more power in a moment of [such] passion than in a lifetime of mediocrity." (page 122) What do I sense God calling me to abandon? 5. LIAR (low information-to-action ratio) to LOVER (Listen, Observe, Value, Encourage, Respond): God commissions me to attend carefully to those around me. As Jon will share through the pages in this book, we must be prepared to turn aside, "we must learn to be still and listen for the Father's voice" (page 189). Reading these pages is an exercise toward that end; a happy end it will be.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Gauci

    I enjoyed this book. While at times it felt a little disjointed, or lacking deeper application I found the book as a whole formative, encouraging and challenging. Tyson’s chapter on presence is a must read. I found myself almost highlighting the entire book. “Most of us will not be tempted to deny our faith, but many of us will be so distracted that we settle for a mediocre version of it” I would recommend this book to those who wish to see how deep and wide the gap is between the life promoted toda I enjoyed this book. While at times it felt a little disjointed, or lacking deeper application I found the book as a whole formative, encouraging and challenging. Tyson’s chapter on presence is a must read. I found myself almost highlighting the entire book. “Most of us will not be tempted to deny our faith, but many of us will be so distracted that we settle for a mediocre version of it” I would recommend this book to those who wish to see how deep and wide the gap is between the life promoted today by our culture and the life Jesus would have for us.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mike Wardrop

    A wonderful book. Gently convicting, speaking to the ways we allow our soul to be led astray and the ways we can be transformed as we patiently follow Jesus for the long haul. This an easy read about the gentle yoke. I thoroughly recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Corneliusen

    Wow. An incredibly moving book in which Tyson addresses several issues within the “normal Christian day-to-day” - and how Jesus is the answer to all of them. Each chapter dives into a typical feeling in our modern age - Comparison, Competition, Control, Cursing, Complacency, Judgement, Pride, and Distraction… and provides the way out - Calling, Compassion, Surrender, Blessing, Passion, Mercy, Humility, and Presence. This was a phenomenal read that not only identified these problems in our day & Wow. An incredibly moving book in which Tyson addresses several issues within the “normal Christian day-to-day” - and how Jesus is the answer to all of them. Each chapter dives into a typical feeling in our modern age - Comparison, Competition, Control, Cursing, Complacency, Judgement, Pride, and Distraction… and provides the way out - Calling, Compassion, Surrender, Blessing, Passion, Mercy, Humility, and Presence. This was a phenomenal read that not only identified these problems in our day & age, but witnessed to the inward renewal that Christ is bringing within his holy nation. Tyson delivers an incredible message through it all - to take up our crosses and follow the King who loved first.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    A deep meditation on the values of a life well-lived: humility, mercy, love, presence. I hope to turn to this book for guidance at other times in my life, but most importantly, that I am able to draw these lessons and meanings over and over again now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    Jon Tyson has been one of those that have deeply impacted my faith. I enjoyed this book very much. He addressed common character flaws in the human condition that needed to be replaced and countered with the Gospel. Will definitely read again in the future.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Farley

    This book is easily accessible. I would give it to a new believer or a seasoned saint. There is something for both of them in here. Jon Tyson consistently has his finger on the pulse of culture as well as the teachings of Jesus. This book is no exception. The burden really is light. Jesus is inviting you to put down the weight of the world and pick up his light load. The choice is yours.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Walsh

    Oh my word.... This is a book review, but I have no words for how much this book has impacted me. Thank you Jon Tyson. Please just read it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hands

    Lighter journey I have known this book existed for a while, but experienced a bit of fatigue around books written by pastors. This book is in no way like other books. Each chapter is a helpful standalone devotional read into the way our culture calls us to live and the opposite call of the kingdom. It makes the heart lighter and the feet harder for the journey ahead. A good read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hattie Lee

    This book was a call to remember my first motivation- love for Christ and not for the applause or Achievements. I started this book during the stay at home orders of Covid 19, and it was timely. It pointed out how we need to be really present in life and relationships. This new and Unprecedented time seems to be pointing out the value of face-to-face and in depth connections even more than we would normally acknowledge our need for. It also covers a lot about not being able to control everything This book was a call to remember my first motivation- love for Christ and not for the applause or Achievements. I started this book during the stay at home orders of Covid 19, and it was timely. It pointed out how we need to be really present in life and relationships. This new and Unprecedented time seems to be pointing out the value of face-to-face and in depth connections even more than we would normally acknowledge our need for. It also covers a lot about not being able to control everything around us, but where our true security lies. We’re not created to Manipulate and be certain of our circumstances- we are to follow Christ through everything with humility and grace. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a step back to look at root motivations and shining a light on how we can often err in ways that look good from the outside, but are so harmful from within.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Blake A

    Unpacking the character of the Christian life A very challenging, convicting book! The burden is indeed light b/c of Jesus, our savior. However, His life gives us an incredible standard to pursue as we seek to reflect his image to the world. The chapters cover character in the face of a world that is adrift... It is the light of • compassion in a culture of competition • blessing in the face of the curse • calling in a culture of comparison • surrender in the face of control • mercy in a culture Unpacking the character of the Christian life A very challenging, convicting book! The burden is indeed light b/c of Jesus, our savior. However, His life gives us an incredible standard to pursue as we seek to reflect his image to the world. The chapters cover character in the face of a world that is adrift... It is the light of • compassion in a culture of competition • blessing in the face of the curse • calling in a culture of comparison • surrender in the face of control • mercy in a culture of judgment • humility in a culture of pride • passion in a world of complacency • presence in a culture of distraction My favorite chapters were the ones on comparison, complacency and distraction. He understands what we’re facing and gives great illustrations that apply to all of us.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    Jon Tyson is a pastor in New York City and global spiritual influencer who has written a book to help stop believers to stop using the world's definitions of success and value, and to focus instead on what God thinks of believers. God's kingdom turns practically ecery aspect of the world values upside-down. Tyson encourages readers to throw off worldly ways of comparison, competition, control and pride, to biblical values of calling, compassion, and humility. The more that we turn around how we t Jon Tyson is a pastor in New York City and global spiritual influencer who has written a book to help stop believers to stop using the world's definitions of success and value, and to focus instead on what God thinks of believers. God's kingdom turns practically ecery aspect of the world values upside-down. Tyson encourages readers to throw off worldly ways of comparison, competition, control and pride, to biblical values of calling, compassion, and humility. The more that we turn around how we think about ourselves and our lives, argues Tyson, we will also benefit by adopting God's viewpoint. An easy yet engaging read. Recommended!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wes Smith

    A book focused on many topics that are impacting our lives and how Jesus shows a better way. Some of the these topics are comparison, competition, control and distraction. At times he does a better job diagnosing the problem than giving a great gospel truth to apply. I really liked the chapters on comparison, competition, and distraction. But in lots of ways I want to imitate Jon Tyson's passion and intentionality in following Jesus. He also has a sermon series on the same topics that is really A book focused on many topics that are impacting our lives and how Jesus shows a better way. Some of the these topics are comparison, competition, control and distraction. At times he does a better job diagnosing the problem than giving a great gospel truth to apply. I really liked the chapters on comparison, competition, and distraction. But in lots of ways I want to imitate Jon Tyson's passion and intentionality in following Jesus. He also has a sermon series on the same topics that is really good because you get to hear his cool Australian accent.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julie Stroud

    Enjoyed! Made me think. How does the world look at faith, matters of faith, people of faith? Challenged and encouraged me to simplify and focus on the aspects of faith that really matter. I would like to read more by this author. Also appreciated the many books, quotes, studies, and illustrations from others' lives. Strengthens the points and enriches the read; never like it when an author doesn't use enough of that and the book is merely their point of view. I tend to put those books aside. Not Enjoyed! Made me think. How does the world look at faith, matters of faith, people of faith? Challenged and encouraged me to simplify and focus on the aspects of faith that really matter. I would like to read more by this author. Also appreciated the many books, quotes, studies, and illustrations from others' lives. Strengthens the points and enriches the read; never like it when an author doesn't use enough of that and the book is merely their point of view. I tend to put those books aside. Not so with this one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    George Collins

    I picked this up from a book shop at an event I was attending, and was immediately struck by the personal relevance of the book's central message. I managed to get through it extremely quickly and found relevance in every chapter. It is clear when reading, that Tyson hadn't compiled a list of lessons from further reading or research, but personal experience. It's not everyday that you read a Christian book and feel on the same level as the author! An authentic and thoroughly relevant book writte I picked this up from a book shop at an event I was attending, and was immediately struck by the personal relevance of the book's central message. I managed to get through it extremely quickly and found relevance in every chapter. It is clear when reading, that Tyson hadn't compiled a list of lessons from further reading or research, but personal experience. It's not everyday that you read a Christian book and feel on the same level as the author! An authentic and thoroughly relevant book written for everyone, no matter what stage of life, age or where you may be on your walk with Christ.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ken Grant

    Well written by someone who has learned hard lessons along the way. Emphasizes that our success in life is not measured by what we do, but by how attentive we are to those around us. I enjoyed the emphasis on learning about those people closest to us and finding ways to have a significant impact on their lives. Anyone who feels burdened by attempting to follow Jesus can learn something about how to relieve that load and live a life of significance by resting in Him.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cgensheer

    Easily the best book of 2018 so far, and one of my top/go-to books on Christian living, growth, and spirituality. I have been challenged and encouraged through Jon Tyson’s work to such a degree that I want to go pick up everything else he has written. Well worth the time and investment. Pick this up ASAP, you won’t be disappointed.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carter Hemphill

    This book was better than my initial expectations based on the book title and cover. I thought it would another book about slowing down and seeking shalom. Instead it was much more than that. The book is very well written and full of powerful and memorable quotes of wisdom and stories. Well worth a second read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Within there are some nuggets of gold as Tyson unpacks the life formed in Christ. The life of the light burden. For me the the encouragement to a life in response to Jesus was a helpful reminder, especially the call to pay attention!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mike Amos

    Jon Tyson does a super job of contrasting God's way versus the ways of Flesh. It is a great read. If we want to truly understand the ideal of His Burden being light, we need to choose God's ways and not the world's. Jon Tyson does a super job of contrasting God's way versus the ways of Flesh. It is a great read. If we want to truly understand the ideal of His Burden being light, we need to choose God's ways and not the world's.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wendy C

    This challenged me in fresh ways and in key modern areas of life. Very appreciative of this writer

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Goh

    So gently and beautifully written An important and unexpected book i have highlighted deeply and want to chew again slowly. You feel God in these pages.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robert Grisham

    Jon Tyson is one of the voices that I continue to listen to. This book juxtaposes the normal way of life with the way of Jesus. The topics are practical ones that impact us all.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chad Harris

    Jon writes just like he speaks: full of passion and insight. I loved this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charles Greathouse

    Rich worldview for anyone driven to succeed. Grace throughout.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Morrow

    Great Tyson is an artist that compels us into a deeper discipleship. Worth your time. Be challenged and encouraged as you read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Lamb

    A word for our generation on comparison and the freedom that comes from submission. The burden is light.

  28. 4 out of 5

    James

    Extremely helpful to me personally. I highly recommend everyone read this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris Sigfrids

    One of the most challenging and encouraging reads. Definitely in my Top 20 all time books. If you haven't read Jon Tyson, you need to. One of the most challenging and encouraging reads. Definitely in my Top 20 all time books. If you haven't read Jon Tyson, you need to.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Ratzlaff

    Pretty good read A solid premise and for that reason, a worthy read. But the writing is a bit sub par in spots.

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