An experience report, extremely open and unadorned: Hardmeier is a pastor, consultant and lecturer. And he burns for his jobs. The catastrophe announces itself slowly, but he continues with unabated speed. He has 1000 hours of overtime and is getting more and more tired. In the middle of his life he burns out. He collapses, gets himself admitted to a burnout clinic and loses his job.
This book is the record of a failure. And a new beginning. The author traces his path to burnout, honestly describing his doubts and questions. He questions his previous life plan and lets the reader participate in the difficult steps to a healthy life after burnout.
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- Publisher : Fountain (1 Sept. 2012)
- Language : German
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 3765512575
- ISBN-13 : 978-3765512575
- Dimensions : 13.6 x 2 x 21.3 cm
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Pastor and lecturer Roland Hardmeier: "So here I am. A stranded pastor and lecturer. One who helped others until he dropped and now urgently needs help himself."
With these sobering words, the Swiss theologian begins his book in which he reflects on his burnout illness.
Roland Hardmeier begins with the end. He describes his room in the hospital in which he will spend weeks. Hardmeier tells his story with astonishing openness. He envies an 84-year-old grandmother who has recovered quickly from a heart attack and looks healthy again. He himself is far from ready.
In the time to come, the patient Roland Hardmeier learns a lot about himself. Much he already knew or suspected himself, others he did not let get to him. But who does not know the everyday life, which eats the man with skin and hair? Hardmeier has let himself be eaten and must learn to live anew.
Roland Hardmeier has fallen over and is standing again today. In telling us his story, he has long since overcome his illness well, but he tells it so that we can be warned.
A very personal book, it goes close to the heart and shakes the everyday life!
The book "After how much BURN is a man OUT??" In my opinion, this book is not necessarily suitable if you have already dealt with the problem yourself, but rather if you want to read a pure experience report about it or if you are still completely ignorant and first want to find out what burn out actually means.
It didn’t give me many new insights, but at times I had the feeling that a few less medical facts, and perhaps a less top-heavy approach, would have made the book more impressive for me.
Many times it is about cause and effect – again and again, but what becomes clear is the fact that it is not easy to get out of this vicious circle of stress and to change one’s life in such a way that a healing occurs.
Late he comes to the realization that healing can only be done by himself and that he has it in his hands how to proceed. However, it becomes very clear that healing is only possible if one fundamentally changes one’s life and it also becomes clear that the path is quite rocky and it takes a long time until one can consider oneself recovered.
I found somewhat irritating however that the whole book already takes up the tenor of the blurb and in principle obtains that Burn out is actually a genuine man thing and the women altogether here rather only the decorative part are, the conscience, which admonishes the man to tackle it less intensively and to step a little shorter.
Roland Hardmeier is a pastor, lecturer, speaker and writer – all professions that basically have no fixed working hours. One is virtually never finished with one’s work. Hardmeier had to realize that exactly this applied to him and that he had lived and worked far beyond his means for a long time. The book "after how much BURN is man OUT?" is the report of his case as well as his walk through the rehabilitation clinic.
Hardmeier writes thereby always very personally. The major part of the book is written in a diary form, much of which he probably actually wrote in the rehabilitation clinic. The reader takes part in the ups and downs of his state of health, in the hope for health and the bitter setbacks and despair.
The author deals intensively with his illness "burnout". Little by little, he grows to realize he really is "sick" and what brought him to the hospital. Afterwards, he reflects on the various milestones leading up to the collapse, which traffic lights he ran over and what he did wrong about it. Increasingly one takes part in its argument with lectures, strategies for the everyday life mastering, physical and mental rehablitation. The reader thus learns a lot about burnout prevention at the same time.
The book is also pervaded by a fundamental preoccupation with theodicy (God and suffering). Why is there suffering at all? How can God allow it and does it make any sense? Hardmeier’s crisis of meaning comes out very personally and honestly. Particularly also toward the end, at which he admits to have not answered all questions by far yet. But he is on a path and is making progress and learning. Especially impressive is also the longing of him: "I want to fulfill my destiny and bear fruit that honors God and pleases my fellow man." (S. 95)
For people who are less familiar with the Christian faith, this is a very good book about longing, meaning, fulfillment and self-realization, as well as the price for it. Hartmeier had to learn to set his priorities right and also to deal with failure and defeat. His experiences can be liberating and helpful to learn on his own path.