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Freedom from Tyranny of the Urgent Paperback – September 25, 1997
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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.
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.
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!
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.
Don't allow time to be a tyrant, seek God for each day and follow His leading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book really nails down the difference between what is important and what is urgent. The key is to focus our time on the things that matter (are important). Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. M.
This book needs to be read by everyone! It causes serious self reflection. In this "NOW" world, it is a breath of fresh air and wisdom for those of us that need to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rhonda Lindsay
I loved the book! Great book and in really good condition.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very powerful book, short and to the point it help me budget my time with a new insight on what's really important. I recommend it to everyone!Published 10 months ago by magdiel