The Burden Is Light

JOIN refuge ladies FOR this new SERIES BEGINNING MONDAY, september 9.

Refuge Ladies is taking a step back from formal Bible study structure for a bit during the busy-ness of the holiday season. Until mid-December, we will be hosting an informal book club setting, discussing the book The Burden Is Light: Liberating Your Life from the Tyranny of Performance and Success by Jon Tyson, a pastor, church planter, and leader in New York City.

Refuge Ladies meets every other Monday night at 6:30 and includes dinner together, a time of sharing and testimony, book discussion, and prayer.

Each chapter in The Burden is Light is a comparison and contrast of, “the forces that work for brokenness and disillusionment and pain with the things that bring glory and wonder and joy.” The chapters are broken up into:

  • Comparison/Calling

  • Competition/Compassion

  • Control/Surrender

  • Cursing/Blessing

  • Complacency/Passion

  • Judgment/Mercy

  • Pride/Humility

  • Distraction/Presence

Here is what some have said about the book (taken from Amazon):

“Despite living in such comfortable times with historically unparalleled levels of freedom, many of us live with a stifling blanket of anxiety, comparison, and failure weighing us down. With candor, curiosity, and Christlikeness, Jon Tyson shows us a better way, pointing us toward the abundant life Jesus promised us.”

~ Mark Sayers, senior leader of Red Church, Melbourne, Australia, and author of Disappearing Church and Strange Days

“Reading The Burden Is Light felt like laying down a heavy, crippling weight and slowly breathing out a deep sigh of relief. It exposed the untrue narratives of our culture around success, the lies that, if we live into them over a lifetime, tragically become all too true. I can’t think of a more important task for our cultural moment than redefining success around the easy yoke of Jesus. This book does exactly that. Jon Tyson, one of the most important voices of our time, does some of his best work yet. From the moment I read the subtitle, I was hooked. I can’t wait for you to have the same experience.”

~ John Mark Comer, pastor for vision and teaching at Bridgetown Church and author of God Has a Name


September 9: Introduction to the series

September 23: Discuss book’s Introduction and Chapter 1

October 7: Discuss Chapters 2 & 3

October 21: Discuss Chapters 4 & 5

November 4: Discuss Chapters 6 & 7

November 18: Discuss Chapter 8 & the Epilogue 

December 2: Tentative prayer and worship night

December 16: Christmas Dessert/craft night


Please register online if you plan on attending. This allows us to forecast how many ladies to expect and provides us with the correct contact info to keep you all up to date.