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Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God's Gifts of Work and Rest Paperback – July 4, 2017
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"I know what it means to have Jesus set me free from stress and striving. If that's what you long for too, Glynnis is here to help. Her words are a lifeline for the worn-out and weary."--Holley Gerth, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of You're Already Amazing
Does this sound familiar? When you're busy, you feel guilty you aren't spending time with family or God. Then, when you try to rest, you feel guilty because there's so much left to do. It's an endless cycle of overwork and exhaustion.
Enough is enough! In this burden-lifting book, Glynnis Whitwer helps you examine your heart and your schedule in order to seek a healthy, holy, and enjoyable balance between work and rest. She shows you how to prioritize your goals and your time, how to be present in the moment as Jesus was, and how to find the freedom of true soul rest. Most importantly, she shows you that your worth is found not in your accomplishments but in the love of the One who made you for work and for rest.
"There is a good kind of busy that leads to a peaceful, productive, fulfilling life. But there's also a bad kind of busy that throws you into overdrive and unravels your purpose. Doing Busy Better will help you tell the difference between the two, liberating your schedule and your soul."--Arlene Pellicane, speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom
"Is there a better way to do busy? Yes! Read this book. You'll be encouraged, validated, and inspired to redeem the time in a way that fits who God made you to be and what He's called you to do."--Susie Larson, talk radio host, national speaker, and author of Your Powerful Prayers
Glynnis Whitwer, executive director of communications for Proverbs 31 Ministries, is a regular contributor to Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 email devotional, reaching over a million women each day. She is the author of several books, including Taming the To-Do List and I Used to Be So Organized. Learn more at www.glynniswhitwer.com.
About the Author
Glynnis Whitwer, executive director of communications for Proverbs 31 Ministries, is a regular contributor to Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 email devotional, reaching over a million women each day. She is the author of Taming the To-Do List, I Used to Be So Organized, When Your Child Is Hurting, and work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work from Home, and the coauthor of Everyday Confetti. Glynnis, her husband, Tod, and their five young adult children live in Arizona. Learn more at www.glynniswhitwer.com.
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Whitwer looks at a number of areas as to why we are so busy. She helps us identify our unhealthy inner desires and how we might associate our self-esteem with our accomplishments. She writes about the blessing of work – and the lies about work. I appreciated her section on the benefits of rest, including rest for the spirit and the soul. She got to the bottom of the issue when she wrote about getting our heart right.
I really appreciated her insights. I found out that true rest starts in our hearts and souls. I really needed to be reminded that rest is not earned but is a gift and a command from God. (That insight bounced up against my deeply ingrained Dutch work ethic.) I was impressed with the teaching about how keeping the Sabbath was essential in breaking the slave mentality of the Israelites as well as an act of trusting God. Whitwer has good ideas to help us know when to quit too.
I realize in reading this book that we have enough time to do what God wants us to do. That means spending time with God to find out what it is. That means realizing where God has put us, identifying our responsibilities, understanding our abilities, and more. Whitwer gives good direction in those areas.
I recommend this book to wives and moms as that is the focus of the author. This is not a time management book with lots of practical ideas about productivity, although there are a few. This is a book through which readers can process their ideas about work and rest. Readers will need to come up with an effective way to implement the truths in this book as there are no discussion questions nor journal prompts. (You will be able to download a study guide at the author's website with proof of purchase.)
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
**I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. -- But then I bought more copies for friends!**
Two of my favorite quotes are: “When your identity is grounded in your accomplishments, it creates a never-ending cycle of pursuit.” AND “Unless I put borders around my busyness, I will be a wreck, and my family will too.” I can so relate and I appreciate Glynnis sharing her personal struggles and all that God has taught her through this journey. As a trusted friend, she encourages us while also reminding us that she is still learning, and in a world where busyness is often worn as a badge of honor, we need to always be looking to God to set our pace.
I am ordering copies for my friends and hope to do a book club this fall. Glynnis is offering a free printable study guide on her website as a bonus that will be so helpful for your personal study or to use with a group. We can’t wait!