Comfort Detox
IVP Books
 

Comfort Detox
paperback
  • Length: 204 pages
  • Published: January 2017
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4328-2
  • Item Code: 4328
  • Case Quantity: 48

"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."

Whether we're aware of it or not, our minds, bodies, and souls often seek out what's comfortable. Erin Straza has gone on a journey of self-discovery, awakening to her own inherent drive for a comfort that cannot truly fulfill or satisfy. She depicts her struggles with vulnerability and honesty, and shares stories of other women who are on this same path. Straza also provides practical insights and exercises to help you find freedom from the lure of the comfortable.

This detox program will allow you to recognize pseudo versions of comfort and replace them with a conviction to embrace God's true comfort. Discover the secret to countering the comfort addiction and become available as God's agent of comfort to serve a world that longs for his justice and mercy.

"In an age when the problems of the world are one keystroke away, never has it been so tempting (or so easy) to retreat into our cocoons of comfort. Never has it been more vital that we don't. In Comfort Detox, a simultaneously profound, personal, and practical book, Erin Straza invites us to live for something more than our own comfort—to discover the truer peace that comes from knowing the divine Comforter and extending his comfort to those in need."

Hannah Anderson, author of Humble Roots and Made for More

"Erin skillfully captures the nature of our addiction to comfort and its power and ubiquity in modern American life. Weaving personal narratives, Scripture, and practical advice, Straza shows how we can leave behind a worldly, desiccated vision of comfort for the true comfort of Christ."

O. Alan Noble, assistant professor of English, Oklahoma Baptist University, editor in chief, Christ and Pop Culture

"Our obsessive pursuit of comfort may be the most acute and least diagnosed malady of North American Christianity. In Comfort Detox, Erin Straza helps readers imagine something more glorious—if also riskier—than a life insulated from interruption, inconvenience, and even anguish. I am grateful for her invitation to keep company with Jesus—and keep watch with a sorrowing world."

Jen Pollock Michel, award-winning author of Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place

"Comfort Detox exposes the way our everyday complacencies keep us from seeing and responding to the needs of those both near and far. With compassion and conviction, Erin Straza shows us how we can and why we must break the habits that serve self rather than others."

Karen Swallow Prior, author of Booked and Fierce Convictions

"Filled with clear steps and encouragements, Straza's robust program will bring readers freedom and a renewed zest for life."

Publishers Weekly, December 12, 2016

"Straza has gone on a journey of self-discovery and through open honesty she shares the stories of her transformation and the stories of others she has met along the way. This prolonged study is enhanced with practical insights and exercises to 'help you find freedom from the lure of the comfortable.'"

Donna Watson, Christian Market, February 2017
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CONTENTS

Introduction: Why a Detox?
1. A Severe Mercy

Part 1: Comfort Gone Rogue
2. Confined
3. Detached
4. Absorbed

Part 2: Comfort Redeemed
5. The Comforter
6. The Comforted

Part 3: Comfort Set Loose
7. Free
8. Engaged
9. Captivated
Parting Words: A New Kind of Normal
Acknowledgments
Notes

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Erin Straza is a contemplative writer, heartfelt speaker, and redeemed dreamer. She is managing editor of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine and host of the Persuasion podcast. As a freelance communications consultant, Erin helps organizations tell their stories in authentic and compelling ways. She lives in Illinois with her husband, Mike.

Listen to her Persuasion podcast at Christ and Pop Culture.

BY Erin M. Straza

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