cover image Comfort Detox: Finding Freedom from Habits That Bind You

Comfort Detox: Finding Freedom from Habits That Bind You

Erin M. Straza. IVP, $16 trade paper (208p) ISBN 978-0-8308-4328-2

Straza, managing editor of the online magazine Christ and Pop Culture, explains in three succinct sections why the continually escalating surge toward comfort and control gradually eats away at self-worth and purpose from the inside out. She presents her case for intentionally dismantling the comfort directive by defining how the quest for constant comfort has gone rogue, illustrating ways to redeem comfort, and releasing minds from the trap of comfort so they can fully serve others. Straza explains how she slowly came to the realization that she spent far too much time and effort attempting to maintain a high comfort level in her life, avoiding difficult situations or environments despite what Jesus taught about risky living for the sake of others. Straza discloses a deep regret for spending so much time cloistered in her own world. Readers will find themselves identifying their own specific tells of selfish comfort-seeking before succumbing to Straza’s persuasive call to take purposeful steps in a different direction, including engaging with one’s community and congregation, thinking from another’s perspective, and maintaining an outwardly directed goodwill. Filled with clear steps and encouragements, Straza’s robust program will bring readers freedom and a renewed zest for life. (Feb.)