Review | Holy Hustle

Holy Hustle: Embracing a Work-Hard, Rest-Well Life

by Crystal Stine

Summary (from Goodreads)

Work without Shame,
Rest without Guilt

Balance. It’s what we long for in our lives as we hear shouts of “Work harder!” in one ear, and whispers to “rest more” in the other. What if God’s plan for us isn’t just one way or the other?

Enter the holy hustle.

Crystal Stine followed the path to success as she climbed the corporate ladder. Now she explores “hustle” in a new light as a self-employed, work-from-home mom. She invites you to join her in experiencing…

renewed peace as you focus on serving, not striving
reawakened potential as you ditch comparison and embrace community
redefined purpose as you seek the roles God has for you

You were created to work with enthusiasm for the right reasons—and you were also made with a need to rest. Discover the place where these two sides meet in a happy, holy hustle.

Review | 4.5 stars

Stine’s engaging writing held my full attention for this refreshingly short and to-the-point book emphasizing the importance of harmony between rest and work. Holy Hustle gives great perspective on how we need to avoid laziness and cling to rest while also avoiding striving in favor of hustling. Drawing from multiple stories from the Old and New Testaments and much of the teaching of Jesus himself, Stine marries practical advice for balancing rest and work with the theology behind it. She includes many self-evaluations, writing prompts, and Bible reading assignments to guide the reader in their own discovery of what their personal rest and work will look like – Stine recognizes that each person rests and works in a unique way!

While Stine makes many key observations throughout the book, the most prominent is this: work is good, and rest is holy. Work is a mission field meant to bring glory to God! And we must use rest to be refilled, not as an excuse to be lazy.

Two of my favorite quotes:

Holy hustle means understanding the part of the work we’re responsible for.

We don’t need to do it all. We just need to do all of what God is giving us in this season.

I would highly recommend pairing with the 10-day YouVersion app devotional, or using the devotional as a follow-up to what you learn from the book.