Book Review: The Burden is Light by Jon Tyson

What the book is about:

The book is about one man’s journey from being crushed under the weight of performance and success. In his early career in the church, he measured his success with numbers in his ministry and used others as he saw fit. As he grew and developed, he changed his tactics.

What I liked:

  • There are some really good nuggets of truth in the book
  • The chapters are nicely organized in their opposing sides – each chapter is like a coin presented and each side of the coin is discussed

What I didn’t like

  • Overabundance of quotes by other people. It feels like nearly every page hosts a quote by someone else. I found it broke up the flow of the book and made it difficult for me to focus.
  • Repetition of the same theme. All of his examples revolve around the same aspect of his life, so it feels like the same example used again and again.

Overall thoughts and opinions:

I struggled to get through this book. I was so hopeful from the tag line of the book as I can be pretty performance and success oriented. I expected it to be jam-packed with great advice and great writing, but the advice is so buried under quotes from others that I found it difficult to retain the nuggets.

He repeats his early ministry tactics in each chapter, so after a while, it starts to feel repetitive. I also didn’t connect with him as the reader, either, and sometimes it felt inauthentic.

Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I was pretty disappointed overall by this book.

Given all of this, I give the book 2 stars.

2 star rating

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I received an uncorrected proof in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books.