Pastor Tommy Barnett, master of getting things done, shares his insights into making the most of your life, thirty minutes at a time. He challenges readers to make conscious efforts to focus on the importance of a half hour time increment to reap changes in relationships, attitudes, faith, forgiveness, creativity, and hope. Drawing on his own experiences of half hour encounters throughout his travels, he shares stories and opportunities he has taken advantage of to share the Gospel and change the world. The main part of the book, which was written in a series of thirty minute sessions, talks about the different ways in which Barnett has used thirty minutes. At the end of the book, Barnett provides readers with a Personal Action Plan based on each of the chapters that they can use to incorporate the half-hour principle in their own lives. He also includes a seven session small-group study guide. This book appealed to me on many levels.
Even before reading this book, I was a firm believer in the power of getting stuff done in half hour chunks. In fact, as a private lesson music teacher, it seems like a lot of my life revolves around thirty minute lessons. As a homemaker, I frequently complete household chores in thirty minute chunks. I completely agree with the power of a half hour. However, this book made me think about how I spend half hours a little differently. When I find myself with a half hour, my first reaction is to find something to do to fill it. One of the things Barnett suggests in the book is thirty minutes of quiet time, which I have tried to incorporate into my busy life. There are so many wonderful suggestions in this book on how to utilize half hours.
I think this book is very helpful in providing readers with tools on how to live life in a more thoughtful, deliberate way. Sometimes we get so caught up in the tyranny of the urgent that we never take the time to plan on how to take advantage of short bursts of time. If you have ever felt like your life is too busy or you are on a never-ending treadmill of activity, this book might help you to seize more opportunities to further your relationships, deepen your family life, pursue your dreams, and develop your character.
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