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The Burden Is Light

Liberating Your Life from the Tyranny of Performance and Success

Jon Tyson

About The Burden Is Light

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.

Praise

“Reading The Burden Is Light felt like laying down a heavy, crippling weight and slowly breathing out a deep sigh of relief. It exposed the untrue narratives of our culture around success, the lies that, if we live into them over a lifetime, tragically become all too true. I can’t think of a more important task for our cultural moment than redefining success around the easy yoke of Jesus. This book does exactly that. Jon Tyson, one of the most important voices of our time, does some of his best work yet. From the moment I read the subtitle, I was hooked. I can’t wait for you to have the same experience.”
John Mark Comer, pastor for vision and teaching at Bridgetown Church and author of God Has a Name

“At some point we all must decide how we will invest this one life we’ve been given. Some will pursue self-exalting ends, such as power, riches, recognition, and control. Others will pursue God- and other- centered ends, such as the sharing of power, giving generously, pouring ourselves out in lives of service, and trusting God to direct our affairs. In this simultaneously convicting and liberating book, Jon gives us fresh eyes to see the folly of the former and the wisdom of the latter. I pray that The Burden Is Light will have an impact on you in the way that it did me, as it presses us to revisit the wise words penned by C. S. Lewis: ‘Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth “thrown in”: Aim at Earth and you will get neither.’”
Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville and author of Jesus Outside the Lines and From Weakness to Strength

“We live in a world that esteems and promotes values counter to the kingdom of God. Unknowingly, many believers have embraced the world’s values and are therefore not experiencing the fullness of God made available to those who embrace the ways of the kingdom. I am so grateful that God has raised up Jon Tyson as a voice to the church, calling us to a better way of living. His latest book, The Burden Is Light, has a brilliant and profound message that will free you from the pressure of performance-based living, which is ultimately fueled by a wrong definition of success. There is no one better to write on this issue than Jon, who has lived out this message in a city that relentlessly pursues endeavors that will never satisfy the deep longing of the heart. This book is a necessary manifesto on choosing to live a different way and experiencing the freedom and deep satisfaction only found in God.”
Banning Liebscher, founder and pastor of Jesus Culture, author of Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops You

“I have always appreciated Jon’s thoughtful approach to faith, culture, and spiritual formation. I am excited that he is willing to share some of the most important insights he has learned pastoring in New York over the last decade.”
Gabe Lyons, founder of Q and author of unChristian, The Next Christians, and Good Faith

“Despite living in such comfortable times with historically unparalleled levels of freedom, many of us live with a stifling blanket of anxiety, comparison, and failure weighing us down. With candor, curiosity, and Christlikeness, Jon Tyson shows us a better way, pointing us toward the abundant life Jesus promised us.”
Mark Sayers, senior leader of Red Church, Melbourne, Australia, and author of Disappearing Church and Strange Days

“Jon Tyson is the real deal. He has worked out his understanding of discipleship, mission, and spirituality in the rough and tumble of New York, a city infamous for its sheer busyness and drivenness. The result of his personal integrity in wrestling with the issues is that he has bequeathed to us a book that is as profound as it is practical. A worthy read!”
Alan Hirsch, author and activist

About Jon Tyson

JON TYSON is a widely respected church planter and leader in New York City. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Jon moved to the United States almost twenty years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. Jon has spoken at Q Conference, Catalyst, Verge Network, The New Wine Conference, and other key venues around the world. He is often sought out for his insights on how culture and faith intersect, and is known for his preaching, which is a rare combination of passion and depth. Jon lives in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Product Details

224 pages | Published by Multnomah

On Sale Date: Mar 13, 2018

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

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Read the First Chapter of The Burden Is Light. 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.

Press Release

NYC Pastor Delivers a Challenging
and Timely Message for Christ Followers in
a Loud and Frenetic World
 
Tyson Shows the Way of Freedom from Performance and Worldly “Success”
 
A constant tug-of-war between the ways of this world and the wonder of the gospel competes for each person’s attention…and their heart. In The Burden is Light: Liberating Your Life from the Tyranny of Performance and Success (WaterBrook, 3/13/18), New York City pastor and church planter Jon Tyson helps readers discover the way forward, propelling them to find their voice and purpose through a beautifully counter-cultural, God-centered life.
 
“I want to help you close this gap between your actual self and the self God desires for you,” Tyson writes. “I want to contrast the forces that work for brokenness and disillusionment and pain with the things that bring glory and wonder and joy.”
 
He reveals the life-giving path ahead, helping move readers away from the tyranny of
comparison into calling,
competition into compassion,
control into surrender,
cursing into blessing,
complacency into passion,
judgement into mercy,
pride into humility and
distraction into presence.
 
Tyson is on a mission to help readers learn to live in the way of Jesus and find that his burden is indeed light. Along the way, Tyson shares struggles from his own life and two decades of ministry experience, inviting readers to explore the cures for what keeps them from a life of significance in Christ.
 
The Burden is Light is can’t-miss reading for every believer trying to find their voice and purpose in this loud and frenetic world.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jon Tyson is a widely respected church planter and leader in New York City. Originally from Australia, Jon moved to the United States two decades ago with a passion to cultivate renewal in the Western Church. Jon has spoken at the Q Conference, Catalyst, and other key venues around the world. His preaching addresses culture and faith with a rare fusion of passion and depth. He has been featured in Christianity Today, The New York Times and Relevant. Jon lives in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children.
 
For more information, visit him at:
Twitter.com/JonTyson
instagram.com/JonTyson

 
NOTABLE QUOTES from The Burden is Light
Despite our involvement in church, accumulation of biblical knowledge, and sincere love for God, we can’t seem to decipher the forces that make us who we are.
 
Rather than offering us freedom, our culture of hurry, responsibility, performance and success distorts things in such a way that we are left worrying and wondering if this life is the one God has in mind.

The call of Jesus is not just about morality or doctrine, religious performance or outreach. It’s about living well. It’s about learning to live in his way in the world, the way that produces the fruit of the Spirit in our lives and the fruit of the kingdom as a preview of the life to come.

If we fail to contrast the long arc of eternity with the urgency of the moment, we lose perspective and feel the need to cram eternal joy into momentary fulfillment.

I had my day scheduled in minute increments and felt like I was able to balance and accomplish everything. But efficiency and productivity are not the same thing as living a beautiful life of meaning and depth.
 

Praise for The Burden is Light:

“I can’t think of a more important task for our cultural moment than redefining success around the easy yoke of Jesus. This book does exactly that. Jon Tyson, one of the most important voices of our time, does some of his best work yet.”
John Mark Comer, pastor for vision and teaching at Bridgetown Church and author of God Has a Name
 
“At some point we all must decide how we will invest this one life we’ve been given. Some will pursue self-exalting ends, such as power, riches, recognition, and control. Others will pursue God- and other- centered ends, such as the sharing of power, giving generously, pouring ourselves out in lives of service, and trusting God to direct our affairs. In this simultaneously convicting and liberating book, Jon gives us fresh eyes to see the folly of the former and the wisdom of the latter. I pray that The Burden Is Light will have an impact on you in the way that it did me, as it presses us to revisit the wise words penned by C. S. Lewis: ‘Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth “thrown in”: Aim at Earth and you will get neither.’”
Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville and author of Jesus Outside the Lines and From Weakness to Strength
 
“I am so grateful that God has raised up Jon Tyson as a voice to the church, calling us to a better way of living. His latest book, The Burden Is Light, has a brilliant and profound message that will free you from the pressure of performance-based living, which is ultimately fueled by a wrong definition of success. This book is a necessary manifesto on choosing to live a different way and experiencing the freedom and deep satisfaction only found in God.”
Banning Liebscher, founder and pastor of Jesus Culture, author of Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops You


ISBN 978-0-7352-9067-9 ● Trade Paperback ● 224 Pages
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If you blow the opening to something, you quickly lose a person -- whether it's in telling a story, opening a broadcast, or in this case, starting a book.As I began reading "The Burden is Light" (published by Multnomah), I was immediately concerned about whether author Jon Tyson may have blown the opening to his new book.That's because the introduction of the book is titled, "The Dash," and relays a very, very ... very ... very ... very common...

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By Joel Cogdell

Many of us get bogged down trying to do everything ourselves - build a career, manage relationships, stay in good standing with others. All of this can become cumbersome, and eventually, the burden becomes to much to carry and we collapse. In his book, The Burden is Light, Jon Tyson shows us a better way, the way of Jesus. 

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By Werner Morgenstern

I had never heard of Jon Tyson before.  However, the Book Description sounded good, so I decided to read it.It is about freeing your life from the tyranny of performance and success. Each chapter centers around a common burdensome character trait and the biblical solution to it.  He covers topics like comparison/calling, control/surrender, and distraction/presence. I recommend this book. 

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By Stephen Walker

Before reading this book I had heard of Jon Tyson but had never read anything by him, but after seeing that Banning Liebscher endorsed the book I decided to read it. The Burden Is Light is about "liberating your life from the tyranny of performance and success." The author accomplishes this in eight chapters. Each one centers around a common burdensome character trait and the biblical solution to it. He covers topics like comparison/calling,...

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By Ruthie Mast`

    BOOK REVIEW: Forget success, comparison, and applause. There's a better way to measure what matters.  Cemetery headstones are as diverse as the people they represent. But all have one thing in common---the birth and death dates are always separated by a small dash. Our whole lives on earth come down to that dash.      Most of us want to have our eventual dash reflect truth and goodness, beauty and joy, depth and meaning. Imagine the...

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