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The Busy Christian's Guide to Busyness (Book Review)

Easter 2008

From triple helix - Easter 2008 - The Busy Christian's Guide to Busyness (Book Review) [p17]

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The Busy Christian's Guide to Busyness - Tim Chester - IVP 2006 - £7.99 Pb 160pp - ISBN 1 84474 1249

There can't be many Christian doctors who don't struggle with busyness. But what can we do about it? Tim Chester's book could easily be subtitled, 'tough on busyness, tough on the causes of busyness'. Sure, there is some good advice on how to pack more into our busy days by being more organised, but the main focus is not on doing more, but on making clear decisions about what we're spending time on, and why. Chester urges us to move away from focusing merely on our 'to do' lists – 'Instead of measuring our lives in terms of tasks done and left undone, we should evaluate them in terms of time well spent or not well spent'. The second half looks at specific ways that busyness can reflect spiritual pathology – needing to prove ourselves, fear of people's expectations, needing to be in control, preferring pressure, funding extravagant lifestyles and being enslaved by 'living life to the max'. None of these topics made me shout out 'That's totally me!' However, I certainly recognised several tendencies in my life, and each of these chapters has helpful advice and biblical reflection. This short, helpful book really could help you sort out your life.

Article written by Mark Pickering

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