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Kate Middleton - Refuel: How to balance work, life, faith and church - without burning out

Darton Longman and Todd ISBN: 978-0-232-53160-2 242 pages £9.99

Kate Middleton on burnout: why is the Duchess of Cambridge writing about stress? Not that Kate Middleton!

This practical book is a game of two halves. Part 1 takes a careful look at what stress is, and then offers a diagnostic model to see if we are stressed and in danger of burnout. The section on how our passion about life can cause us stress was especially helpful. I guess that most of us could do with a little help in sorting out the most appropriate way to emotionally engage with life and what it throws at us.

Part 2 begins to look at how we can go about dealing with stress in practical ways in our daily lives. Here the author uses a number of biblical examples, beginning with the story of Elijah, that aim at providing a biblical underpinning for the principles worked out in Part 1.

This would be a good book to read at a key turning point in life: the end of term, the first week of a sabbatical or between jobs. What I most like about the book was that it is very practical, giving lots of things to think through and do. 

One niggle is the attempt to weave in popular ideas like “Mindfulness” and “Cognitive Behavioural Therapy”, without establishing the ways in which these might be different to Christian practice.

John Woods is pastor of Lancing Tabernacle

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