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Product Details

  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (August 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830812873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830812875
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Before his passing in August 2004, Charles Hummel was formerly director of faculty ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and president of Barrington College in Rhode Island. He was the author of fifteen books and Bible studies, including The Galileo Connection, Fire in the Fireplace, Genesis (in the LifeGuide Bible Study Series), and the bestselling booklet, Tyranny of the Urgent.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
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Hummel's "Freedom from Tyranny..." is a wonderful amplification of his booklet "Tyranny of the Urgent." Like its predecessor, the book encourages you to examine your life and realign your priorities by seeking to live a holy life. This book is a beautiful balance of illustrative vignettes, Scripture, and Hummel's thoughts.
The book is very encouraging, uplifting, and peace-inducing.
I've been leading a small group study in which we are slowly digesting the book and attempting, with God's help, to apply it. The group members unanimously love the book. They all feel uplifted and have remarked on Hummel's giftedness in encouraging us rather than making us feel guilty that we haven't mastered the topics yet.
This book is a gift to yourself. I encourage you to read it with an open heart, then give a copy to loved ones.
I've returned to order an additional five. That brings my total to 20 so far.
God bless you.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1997
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This book is great for someone who is stressed out because they are always so busy dealing with the urgent that they find themself forgetting the important. While many books on time management are great for motivation - this one brings time management tips to you in a practical manner - with questions for reflection and application at the end of each chapter.
There were two sections of this book that I found particularly helpful. One dealt with the difference between being efficient - and being effective. Before reading this, I had never realized that a person could show 100% efficiency in something but never have it be effective in helping anyone! The second section that helped me was a list of 7 tips and ways to say no. One of the most helpful tips was to learn to "go with your gifts" when making the choice between two good things.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn to reclaim their time.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2009
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"Freedom From Tyranny of the Urgent" was a great and enjoyable read and challenged me to seriously evaluate my priorities and schedule. With a family, full-time job, serving as an adjunct faculty at a local community college, serving at a local church, and with things to do around the house, I HAVE to think hard about what is important and what is urgent.

Among the important points covered include:

1. Our problem is letting the urgent things take priority over the important things.
2. We are free only when we know and exercise the purpose for which we were created.
3. Who we are is more important to God than what we do.
4. Efficient vs. Effective prioritizing.
5. How to plan to say no to urgent plans and pleas.
6. Our increased pace of life has resulted in a decreased sense of direction and goals.
7. Learn to live in the present instead of the past or future (do not let the past drag you down, we are not guaranteed tomorrow).
8. God will guide our decisions and actions as we seek Him.
9. We will be released from much of life's tyranny when we learn to be quiet before the Lord (to this I say a hearty "AMEN" as I still struggle in this area).

I will definitely refer to the title yearly and highly recommend the book to anyone who wants to have more of a sense of control over one's life from an admittingly Christian perspective.

Read, enjoy, and be challenged to think about your priorities!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TKTS on April 17, 2005
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Several years ago, I bought this book for myself. It was a great help during a time of massive transition. Today, I am buying it for a friend.

If you know that you don't have time for what is really important to you, but you aren't sure why or how to fix it - this book is like a ray of sunshine piercing through the clouds. Unlike typical organizational books this book does not focus on taming paper, cataloging information, to do lists or household choirs.

This book does not assume that each reader is the same. But, this book does focus on the freedom to be in the center of God's will and how that applies to your life, one day at a time. An added plus for the time cruched person who needs this saged wisdom: the book is a relatively quick read.

Today it is being placed on my annual must read list - I highly reccomend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Busy mom on July 20, 2010
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This book makes for a great study guide for reprioritizing a busy life. Particularly in the realm of church life, it is easy for us to get caught up doing many good things, but miss out on doing the BEST thing God has designed us to do - most importantly, spending time alone with Him. Tyranny of the Urgent gives practical advice regarding how to pause and ask God to help you identify the activities on which He wants you to spend your time and energy. My favorite quote is, "You're only indispensable until you say 'no'."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amber Goodman on February 20, 2013
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Most people when asked about their time would admit that they are way too busy. Busyness permeates our society and rules our week. I'm a working mommy of six kids and pastor's wife. All of my "free" time belongs to somebody else. I was blog hopping a few weeks ago and found a recommend for this book and it really jumped out at me that it was divinely timed for me to read it now when within the first chapter the author wrote about kairos time. My husband had just begun a series of sermons on the very same subject. Kairos is not just time, but a specific time, like "such a time as this" time. So this book was a kairos time book for me. In reading it, I was freed from the feeling that I always have to say yes to be a good person, and reminded that God desires for me to spend each day talking to Him about what I should do with each moment. It was so awesome to read that it is perfectly alright to do nothing on my days off. I don't have to get some project done or beat myself up about taking time to just be still. In fact, that's what sabbath days are all about! Resting from the work done, and revamping for the week ahead.

Don't allow time to be a tyrant, seek God for each day and follow His leading.
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