This inspiring memoir and lifestyle guidebook shares one pastor’s close call with dying from overwork, offering biblical wisdom and practical strategies to help others cultivate a healthy life-work balance.
This book, I Did It to Myself, is the product of a “life to death” and “back to life” experience that changed my perspective on the nature of work, career commitment, personal goals, and ultimately, the meaning of success. Health challenge recovery compelled me to evaluate life forever from a fresh perspective. Many books are written to convince us to do more. We are often told to be successful we must be incessantly engaged — squeezing in other essentials, if we can. It is the frenetic, hyperactive lifestyle to which we have been coerced. We are pressured to take on more than we can, accelerate everything, and maximize all we do to the hilt. We feel we must be all things to all people, never realizing “NO” to be a complete sentence.
I know what it means to take on the world at once. Blessed with many gifts, talents and skills, I thought I was able to do it all. The beauty of life is really a matter of integrating all of its salient components into a well-coordinated fabric. The proper fusion of life amalgamation enhances it value and makes life captivating and attractive.
Creating synergies in the tapestry of life is the equipoise of life fulfillment. I was “made to lie down” and compelled to live my life differently. I share here the life changing truths that I’ve learned and continue to learn. I am most eager to reach those who thrive on busyness and big goals as I have. Integrating life and work equitably is the message. I want to teach people who anxiously crave success a more excellent way to thrive and stay alive.
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About the Author
Edgar L. Vann grew up as a prodigy: a gifted child who was always expected to finish first – and usually did. He became the pastor of a divided Detroit congregation at age 21, beginning four decades of nonstop church growth, wide-ranging comprehensive ministry and civic involvement, with little room built in for rest, relaxation and reflection. That breakneck schedule contributed to a New Year’s Eve Service health emergency: “sudden cardiac death,” followed by a back-to-life recovery on the floor of his church.
Edgar Vann’s experience was a wake-up call that helped produce this practical guide to breaking out of the prison of overwork and needless stress. He uses statistical data, entertaining anecdotes and Biblical scripture to convincingly demonstrate that being a do-it-all “work martyr” is a dead end. He shows how the path to a richer, more rewarding life starts with a better work-life integration and a focus on improved health. edgarlvann.com