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Discusses how to manage your life and not let it manage you.


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Discusses how to manage your life and not let it manage you.

30 review for The Busy Christian's Guide To Busyness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt T

    Really excellent book. Tim Chester goes right to the heart of why we as Christians are busy, why we think this is a good thing and why in fact being busy often gets in the way of what God actually wants us to do. I particularly liked his use of meditations on psalms at the end of the later chapters to highlight how God wants us to live in this busy world. A must for anyone who finds that their time is always squeezed by even the necessities of life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Excellent, encouraging, very challenging.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Felix

    Not many books that I mark for a future re-read, this one is one of them. The book challenges the reader to think deeply about readers's busyness in life. Knowing who God is and who we are - should liberate us from the need from being busy. I don't say this lightly, but this book has impacted my thinking about work, self fulfilment etc in a profound way. Not many books that I mark for a future re-read, this one is one of them. The book challenges the reader to think deeply about readers's busyness in life. Knowing who God is and who we are - should liberate us from the need from being busy. I don't say this lightly, but this book has impacted my thinking about work, self fulfilment etc in a profound way.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This book was an absolute blessing to me and left me convicted on many points. It's very practical which helps you concretely put in changes you need to make. This book was an absolute blessing to me and left me convicted on many points. It's very practical which helps you concretely put in changes you need to make.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bryony

    Challenged me to consider and correct the root of my behaviours and attitudes rather than simply calling for outward change. Very helpful.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    This is an excellent and challenging response to the common and anguished experience of being too busy. The early part of the book looks at the cultural and historical factors that have contributed to this modern phenomenon. I found this analysis very persuasive with the exploration of time and priorities. I also was strongly challenged by the simple yet significant observation that Jesus, his life cut short in his early thirties, was able to say that he had completed the work he had been given. T This is an excellent and challenging response to the common and anguished experience of being too busy. The early part of the book looks at the cultural and historical factors that have contributed to this modern phenomenon. I found this analysis very persuasive with the exploration of time and priorities. I also was strongly challenged by the simple yet significant observation that Jesus, his life cut short in his early thirties, was able to say that he had completed the work he had been given. Tellingly he then moves to an emphasis on the 'lies' that lead us to saying 'yes' when we should say 'no' and points out the truth in God that counters these lies. I am busy because I need to prove myself - counter = the liberating rest of God of other peoples expectations - counter = the liberating fear of God otherwise things get out of control - counter = the liberating rule of God I prefer to be under pressure - counter = the liberating refuge of God I need the money - counter = the liberating joy of God I want to make the most out of life - counter = the liberating hope of God Each of these is helpfully expanded with useful examples. The next step is to read and repeatedly remind myself to look to God, saying Yes to him and No to the lies.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beth Peninger

    3.5 stars I am very aware the pull of busyness has in my own personal life and in the lives of others. In fact, it is easier to see it manifest in someone's life before I realize it in my own at times! Nothing that Chester shares is new to me but I thought this book was excellent nonetheless. It was a good, and perhaps timely, reminder of how seductive busyness can be in the life of not just a person but a believer. Having worked on a church staff I was subject to the argument that to be busy was 3.5 stars I am very aware the pull of busyness has in my own personal life and in the lives of others. In fact, it is easier to see it manifest in someone's life before I realize it in my own at times! Nothing that Chester shares is new to me but I thought this book was excellent nonetheless. It was a good, and perhaps timely, reminder of how seductive busyness can be in the life of not just a person but a believer. Having worked on a church staff I was subject to the argument that to be busy was to be Godly, to prove that I loved the Lord over anything or anyone else. Huh. Chester says it much more diplomatically than I do but what a load of BS. There is zero scriptural/biblical evidence to support that guilt inducing, at times abusive, statement. In fact, anger rises up when I think of all the guilt I personally was put through using that unbiblical argument and of all the people who still allow themselves to believe that lie. Yes, lie. Busyness "for God" is exactly the kind of lie the enemy would use because he has ascertained that we will buy it due to our desire to serve Christ. I also liked Chester's discourse on the secular and the sacred. As in there isn't a distinction, it is all under the eye of God. Busyness is a problem in today's world and in today's church. This is a worth it read for sure. There are valuable reminders, and perhaps new information, for all believers. Tim Chester is a great author, down to earth, loves God, and is brilliant at sharing it with others.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Phil Whittall

    I'm rapidly becoming a fan of Tim Chester's books (I think I own 4 at last count) and I think you should be too. I'm convinced that most of us western Christians have a very poor handle on our time, we're pushed around by the culture and our busyness makes our relationship with God thin and weak. Which isn't surprising because Jesus' warned us that this would be this case if we were preoccupied with the cares of this world. The Busy Christian's Guide to Busyness tackles our priorities and our ine I'm rapidly becoming a fan of Tim Chester's books (I think I own 4 at last count) and I think you should be too. I'm convinced that most of us western Christians have a very poor handle on our time, we're pushed around by the culture and our busyness makes our relationship with God thin and weak. Which isn't surprising because Jesus' warned us that this would be this case if we were preoccupied with the cares of this world. The Busy Christian's Guide to Busyness tackles our priorities and our ineffectiveness. But it's not really a time management book but a book which exposes the lies that lie behind our over-busyness. The lies that we prefer pressure but actually procrastinate (that's me), to needing the money or the lifestyle, to remain in control, to maximise our life or to feel significant. Yet each lie is countered by truth from the scriptures that bring us to a place of rest, confidence and peaceful trust in God. The examples are helpful, the scriptures enlightening, the style is readable and most important of all the message is vital. Too often I hear about people who'd love to love God more but busyness kills the desire dead. Rules and time management principles will become the pharisees rules when what we need is more grace. This is an excellent book that deserves a wide audience because we need to heed its message.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    Goes beyond the usual 'you just need to manage your time better' and gets to the heart of the matter. Lots of really helpful insights into the root causes of busyness. "At the heart of our busyness is our heart. We're busy because we're working hard to meet the desires of our hearts. Does that mean I'm busy because I want to be? Yes and no. No, in the sense that you don't specifically choose to be overworked, stressed and run down. Yes, in the sense that your busyness is the result of the choice Goes beyond the usual 'you just need to manage your time better' and gets to the heart of the matter. Lots of really helpful insights into the root causes of busyness. "At the heart of our busyness is our heart. We're busy because we're working hard to meet the desires of our hearts. Does that mean I'm busy because I want to be? Yes and no. No, in the sense that you don't specifically choose to be overworked, stressed and run down. Yes, in the sense that your busyness is the result of the choices you make. It's a product of the desires of your heart - and not all those desires are godly!" - Tim Chester

  10. 4 out of 5

    John Adams

    Very challenging: christian discipleship is not to be 'leftover discipleship' getting only what is left over after choices of lifestyle and work. The big idea is that since all time can be redeemed to God's glory we are no longer to be caught up in the chase for more time. Very challenging: christian discipleship is not to be 'leftover discipleship' getting only what is left over after choices of lifestyle and work. The big idea is that since all time can be redeemed to God's glory we are no longer to be caught up in the chase for more time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adam Thomas

    As usual, Tim Chester writes in a way that shows he really understands the issue behind the issue. He deconstructs various excuses or justifications for busyness, and shows a truer path of Christian living, rooted in trusting, serving, obeying and waiting on God.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robin Peake

    Some useful insights from the most prolific writer I know on C20th work and rest culture and a few handy tips on focus

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Anne

    If you find yourself to be too busy, I recommend this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Reid

    Not a "how to" book, more a guide to encouraging you to look at things differently. Not a "how to" book, more a guide to encouraging you to look at things differently.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Garland Vance

    This book gets to the heart of the lies that we believe that affect our levels of busyness and exhaustion. Very insightful.

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    Jack

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    Michelle

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    James

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    Rebekah

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    Amy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris Little

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  24. 4 out of 5

    David Ferencik

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Mark L. Mathia

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    Lauren Macher

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor Drysdale

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Jacqui Harbinson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cherry Goh

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