I'm surrounded by books that promote wholeness – a book to deepen my prayer life, a book to love people different than me, a book to journal my way to creativity, a book that will lead to liberation. All of those subjects belong in the conversation about wholeness. Wholeness is a winding endeavor and yet Mary Tuomi Hammond covers a key leg of the journey her book, The Road toward Wholeness.
She begins her jaunt toward wholeness by describing the problems with perfectionism and burnout. I've experienced by personally and as the pastor of a church, I encounter these concerns regularly. A healthy Christian community, just like other community organizations, is filled with faithful volunteers. Upon reading Hammond's resource, I found myself wondering about balance, boundaries, and conflict in the context of promoting service to others. How do we promote individual health while also encouraging the need for faithful, sacrificial volunteerism? Hammond offers a wonderful resource for Christian communities to answer that question together. Using examples from the Bible, she illustrates many facets of wholeness in Jesus' life. Use it as an individual, share it with a friend, start a book group. Along the road to wholeness, we are all bound to end of on the leg of the journey about which Mary Hammond reflects.