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  • Redeeming Your Time

  • 7 Biblical Principles for Being Purposeful, Present, and Wildly Productive
  • By: Jordan Raynor
  • Narrated by: Jordan Raynor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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By: Jordan Raynor
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Manage your time the way Jesus managed his with a biblical antidote to swamped to-do lists and hurried schedules.

Despite the overwhelming amount of resources for time management and work-life balance, the ability to cultivate the efficiency and equilibrium needed to manage all our worthy pursuits can often feel frustratingly out of reach. The reason for our struggle is that productivity and time-management systems focus on individual habits rather than more meaningful and lasting lifestyle changes. But as it turns out, there is a better way to reach our full potential.

We don’t need just another approach to changing our habits. What we need is an operating system that takes into account the full scope of our lives. In this audiobook, best-selling author Jordan Raynor presents this system, using seven powerful time-management principles drawn from the example of how Jesus lived: 

  1. Start with the word: Find meaningful connection with the author of time daily. 
  2. Let your yes be yes: Accept only the commitments you can fulfill.
  3. Dissent from the Kingdom of Noise: Create room for silence, stillness, and reflection.
  4. Prioritize your yeses: Confidently maintain your commitments.
  5. Accept your “unipresence”: Focus on one important thing at a time.
  6. Embrace productive rest: Live the God-designed rhythms of rest which are productive for our goals and souls. 
  7. Eliminate all hurry: Embrace productive busyness while ruthlessly eliminating hurry from our lives.

With these principles, you’ll see how Jesus managed his time on Earth and how he responded to human constraints much like the ones you face today. More than that, you’ll discover corresponding practices that will help you embrace the best, most Christlike version of yourself possible: purposeful, present, and wildly productive.

©2021 Jordan Raynor (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Mixing the theological and the tactical, Jordan Raynor offers a deeply original and practical take on time management, busyness, and the human urge toward living meaningfully.” (Cal Newport, New York Times best-selling author of Deep Work

“As Christ followers, we need to approach time management and productivity through a theological and worshipful lens. Jordan serves us well by leading the way.” (Ruth Chou Simons, best-selling author of Beholding and Becoming and GraceLaced)

“Jordan Raynor’s paradigm of purpose, presence, and productivity is excellent. But learning it from Jesus? That’s the magic.” (John Mark Comer, best-selling author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry)

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Practical and theological

This book fills a much-needed gap in the literature. On the one hand, there are self-help books that talk about the practicalities of time management without any theological underpinning, while on the other hand, there are Christian titles that herald 'stewarding our time well' without any practical advice on how to. This book bridges that gap.

Jordan Raynor does an excellent job of contextualising all these time-management tactics within the biblical framework and then stringing together various strategies to create a coherent time-management workflow. The book is chocked full of strategies to try out, like an all-you-can-eat buffet. So, even if you are like me and don't find every tactic equally compelling, you will find immense value in just adopting a few.

These time-managing tips and strategies can be of tremendous help to anyone who puts them into action. Thus, I would recommend it for any Christian wanting to better steward their time. Even for people who aren't religious, this book provides a valuable perspective on what a coherent productivity framework looks like, albeit with a worldview that leans heavily on the Christian view of doing good because of what Christ has generously done for us.

Overall great book. Great work Jordan!

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Worth a re-reading

Fenomenal book. Buuut this is more a religious book on the topic of productivity than a productivity book based on the bible.
If you’re a Christian you will probably enjoy this book. If you’re not, I’m not so sure :)

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Great book

This book had some great biblical principles about discipline and sabbath. I learnt a lot and I'm keen to start implementing some of them into my own life! However, get ready to hear a lot about his website and the resources on there as you may want to check them out too!

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