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Summary

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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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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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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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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An amazing book!

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

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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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  • Mackenzie W
  • 30-01-20

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
  • 02-09-20

"....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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  • Peter C Schaefer
  • 04-02-21

Roll Your Eyes and Groan

There is so much wrong with this book I don't even know where to start. Here's a partial list and, for me, it was enough to delete it from my device and ask for my money (credit) back.

(1) A 20-something becomes a YouTube success story and here comes his book. How do I know he was a success, you ask? He tells you on every other page.

(2) I find the title ironic because (it seems to me) the author is still a hustler in hustle mode.

(3) You will learn nothing new here. In fact, so many other authors have covered the topic so much better.

(4) The Christian hustle - seems to me the author takes information already published, dresses it up in Christian lingo and pushes it out as something brand new.

(5) Debunked metaphor. How many times have you heard someone use the metaphor about the frog placed in tepid water and slowly heated to a boil without reacting to it? This is trash! Science does not back this absurd claim. What kind of research is the author doing? Or his editor?

(6) I confess I read more than I should have. What sealed it for me was the author pondering the fruitfulness of Jesus' ministry had he not spent time in the wilderness beforehand. Really?

Don't buy this book. If you need to read it, borrow it from someone.

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  • Carreen Bruning
  • 25-06-20

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
  • 27-02-20

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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  • collegegirl101
  • 24-10-19

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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  • Spencer Gramling
  • 01-06-20

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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  • Jonathan Oberg
  • 20-06-21

Has Christian overtones, your milage may vary.

I agreed with the general message of the book, but as an agnostic (former atheist), a lot of the religious themes just didn't resonate with me. It's not a bad book, but I think that a person with a christian background would find the book more personally meaningful than I did.

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  • Valerie
  • 02-06-21

Exceeded my Expectations!

I wasn’t sure to expect from this book since the reviews seemed to be either in the “wonderful” or “horrible” camp. I rest in the wonderful camp ☺️ This book was a breath of fresh air and put into words so many struggles and aches my heart has been feeling. This book is very practical and encouraging. It will move you to be present in your daily life and will make you want to throw your phone out the window.

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  • Silvanus
  • 02-06-21

Passionate, well researched, a well needed resource for today

Jefferson Bethke offers great research and insight into society’s addiction to hustle, offering biblical and practical solutions. This is highly recommendable.