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Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives Paperback – October 11, 2004
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He is also not afraid of directing the reader to the Christian understanding of what true wealth and power are as they emanate from God, not from our own feeble efforts. This is demonstrated well in quoting William Wilberforce's statement "Above all, measure your progress by your experience of the love of God and its exercise before men."
Where Dr. Swenson really shines is his prescriptions for restoration of emotional energy, physical energy, time, and finances. Instead of providing the reader with a range of solutions only an academic could relate to, Dr. Swenson gives prescriptions that address our common problems and are easily implementable.
Again, Dr. Swenson is not afraid to bring his Christian faith into the mix of solutions. He even goes to the point of humorously asking whether Jesus might have used a pocket calendar to illustrate how "God never intended for time to oppress us, dictating our every move." These Christian ideals also make their way through the author's discussions on the other aspects of emotional energy and finances. For example, in one of his stronger statements, the author emphasizes, "wealth is not a primary objective of the spiritual life."
Although the book provides a wealth of information and warning on lack of margins and the benefits of having them in all aspects of our lives, there is little discussion of how these ideas can play out in a life of pastor or his work. This is not to say there are no connections to ministry as the concepts themselves would seem to be very applicable regardless of the situation; however, there does not seem to be a concerted effort to tie these concepts to areas in ministry. Further discussion would need to be had in connecting the many beneficial notions Dr. Swenson presents beyond the individual to a larger entity such as a church body or evangelistic ministry.