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This is your wake-up call to resist the Hustle culture and embrace the slowness of Jesus. 

Our culture makes constant demands of us: Do more. Accomplish more. Buy more. Post more. Be more. 

In following these demands, we have indeed become more: More anxious. More tired. More hurt. More depressed. More frantic. 

What we are doing isn't working! 

In a society where hustle is the expectation, busyness is the norm and information is king, we have forgotten the fundamentals that make us human, anchor our lives, and provide meaning. 

Jefferson Bethke, New York Times best-selling author and popular YouTuber, has lived the hustle and knows we need to stop doing and start becoming. 

After listening to this book, you will discover: 

  • How to proactively set boundaries in your life
  • How to get comfortable with obscurity 
  • The best way to push back against the demands of contemporary life
  • The importance of embracing silence and solitude 
  • How to handle the stressors that life throws at us

To Hell With the Hustle is for anyone who is:

  • Feeling overwhelmed with the demands of work, family and community 
  • Wanting to connect and spend time with their family
  • Tired of being anxious, lonely, and burned out 

Join Bethke as he discovers that the very things the world teaches us to avoid at all costs - silence, obscurity, solitude, and vulnerability - are the very things that can give us the meaning, and the richness we are truly looking for.

©2019 Jefferson Bethke (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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Amazing book

A great audio book for christians. Highly recommend, good reminded of rest and what rest should be, the importance of the sabbath and saying no. Read (Spoken) well.

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  • Mackenzie W
  • 30-01-2020

Meh. Listen to John Mark Comer instead.

This book was very disappointing to me. I bought it primarily because of the promise of a discussion of obscurity in the description, which ended up being a very small part of the content. Overall, Bethke's writing is clunky, disorganized, and lacks nuance, and his narration sounds unprofessional. I perceived the tone of the book as rather angry and ranting, and his whole approach to the topic of a lifestyle change is not like a gentle push in the right direction, more like a rough shove. There are gobs of "what if" statements but little actual content on how to get there. Also, he starts the book with an analogy about walking on the moon--except he states that there is no gravity on the moon and if you're not tethered you'll float off into space. Umm, what? No editor caught that? If you're interested in this topic, you should listen to John Mark Comer's The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry instead. It's better researched, has more references and quotes from other authors and thinkers, and is infinitely more enjoyable to listen to. The narration is better, the writing is better, and the topic is essentially the same. Comer calls it hurry, Bethke calls it hustle. Comer calls it practices, Bethke calls it formations.

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  • John
  • 02-09-2020

"....and to faith in Jesus"

there, fixed the title. this is a religious book. if you study mental health deeply, this book may not help (because you already have lots of methods/concepts to go off of). if you are not religious, this book will get awkward. if you expect great points of view that will help you tone down the hustle, don't get your hopes up with this book. if you are Christian, this will fit you better. if you are Jewish, well... I don't know what to say.

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  • Carreen Bruning
  • 25-06-2020

Great Book

I really loved this book. I don’t think it replaces or is replaced by John Mark Comers book but instead they compliment each other well and I think they should both be read back to back!

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  • Alicia Luca
  • 27-02-2020

I almost didn’t listen to this book...

I almost didn’t listen to this book. I follow the author and have since he first went viral, and after reading the title I thought, “I already know the gist of the book: slow down.” But I’m SO glad I listened. There’s some really wisdom here, and I loved that the author read it himself. It’s a short book, and great read. And it made me really reconsider my lifestyle and perspectives of time and community. So good!

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  • Spencer Gramling
  • 01-06-2020

Simply Amazing

I love Jefferson Bethke. I’ve read “Jesus>Religion” and “It’s Not What You Think.” I’m perplexed time and time again at how the context of his books are exactly what I need to hear in that particular time in my life. This book was no different. Thank you Jefferson, may God continue to bless you and your family. Please don’t ever stop sharing your story because I know you’ve blessed and will continue to bless many lives, including mine.

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  • collegegirl101
  • 24-10-2019

Great book

This book was Insightful and eye opening toward cultural issues and norms that are impacting my daily life. There are many things that I’m reflecting on and evaluating to implement for myself and family. I want to be slow and steady, committed and faithful, and to not just do much, but rather to be who God has called me to be. I believe this book will really help me and my family as we create rhythms that will form us more into His likeness.

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  • Audball
  • 13-01-2021

Eye opening

great listen/read. not even half way through I had to have an actual copy of this book for notes and study. if you are feeling worn out in your faith and need a new outlook, give this a listen!

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  • The Tademys
  • 15-12-2020

Very Thought Provoking

Very researched and thought provoking read! It came out before the pandemic, but so many things brought up in this book were directly addressed through it!

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  • David
  • 06-12-2020

Nuanced but simple.

The author didn't make a hard and fast rule about not having a side gig like I thought he would, rather, he focused on reasons to calm down and leave room in life and simple ways to do it. It was a short and enjoyable listen.

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  • Tricia Rosqvist
  • 30-11-2020

Excellent Narrative

I really enjoyed that Bethke added his own side insights to the audio book. There was so much that went into each chapter that included challenging religious beliefs and explaining secular culture. I will definitely be listening to this one again!

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  • Sharon Treharne
  • 22-09-2020

Get this book now!

Oh man, what a book!! Jeff so clearly and engagingly breaks down the cultural and global influence of hustle mentality, drive for worldly success and "becoming" and how it lives so counter to the way of Jesus' hope for us. To live out of a place of true rest, in abundance of His success on the cross and in the knowledge of our identity in Him and the price He paid so we didn't need to bow to the pressure to "become" anything. Truly this book is amazing.

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  • SophieGGreen
  • 11-05-2020

So Timely!

This has been the perfect book for this period in my life. With the need and want to slow down and remove distractions, this was an insightful book that gave me life and knowledge in why we hustle and the importance of removing the hustle. Loved that there was extra content in the audiobook compared to the book. You feel that Jefferson is speaking right to you rather than just reading. Would highly recommend this audiobook!

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  • Shebin Shaji
  • 03-03-2020

exceptional

it was well thought out and put together. Definitely one of Jefferson's best work. looking forward to reading his next one. Such deep insights about out culture today and have to look at it all from Jesus's eyes

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  • Kristin
  • 29-02-2020

An amazing book!

Really loved this book! it provided new and fresh viewpoints and encouraged me a lot!

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  • Kristen
  • 08-11-2019

Loved it!

What he said really resonated with me. It is a well researched, well written book and I highly recommend.

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