Almost two years ago, my hero Julie Sparkman asked if I would help her turn her lecture series, Unhitching From the Crazy Train, into a book. I fell out of my chair, and then I said YES. From the floor. It has been an amazing privilege to collaborate and write this book with Julie. Read it – it just might change your life. It’s changed mine.
You have a picture of how life should go. We all do. The dream job. Close friendships. Loving, grateful children. A perfect marriage. But more often than not, life doesn’t go according to plan. So we corral and control, determined to make our picture come true. Our emotional, spiritual, and even physical wellbeing are taken for a crazy ride as our very sanity becomes dependent on how closely reality matches our expectations. No wonder we’re exhausted. We’re hitched to the crazy train, and we want to get off. But how?
“Come to Me,” Jesus says, “and I will give you rest.”
Join counselor and teacher Julie Sparkman as she explores Jesus’ gentle yet costly invitation to true rest—rest that is dependent on the finished work of a Savior who will never leave us alone.
I’ve been blessed to see how Julie’s teaching can unhitch a church and family from the crazy train. And I’m so thankful that many more will be challenged and encouraged by this wonderful book.
Collin Hansen, editorial director of The Gospel Coalition and author of Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church
Jennifer and Julie understand and communicate clearly how the gospel is utterly practical, not just for our eternal salvation but for the daily sanctification that takes place in our messy kitchens, the aisles of Walmart, and bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Anna Meade Harris, Rooted blog parent editor, preministerial scholars coordinator at Samford University (Birmingham, AL), and author of Fresh Faith: Topical Devotions and Scripture- Based Prayers for College Students
If you’re clinging to the crazy train, determined that your performance as a parent, a spouse, or a Christian is going to get you to the good life, this wise book is an invitation to disembark.
Ray Cortese, pastor, Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, Lacanto, FL