Monday, April 14, 2014

The Power of a Half Hour, book review

 The Power of a Half Hour
Take Back your Live, Thirty Minutes at a Time
By:  Tommy Barnett

When I was given the opportunity to review The Power of a Half Hour, by Tommy Barnett, I jumped at the chance!  You see, I grew up in Phoenix First Assembly of God with Pastor Barnett as my pastor.  In fact, I was friends with his sons Matthew and Luke and I was baptized by Pastor Barnett when I was 18 years old.  The  youth pastor at that time was Pastor Brad.....and I felt that Phoenix First was my home away from home.  For those of you who know me, and know how active I am in our church Brookside Church here in Omaha, Phoenix First is where I got my start.  Phoenix First is where I first started working in the nursery, where I first started singing in choir, where I first started my involvement in Gods church.  It all started there.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was to be able to read a book written by my childhood pastor!  First, lets see what Waterbrook Multnomah has to say about it:

About This Book

Turn your fleeting minutes into defining moments. 
 
What can you do in 30 minutes? Have lunch? Watch television? Check Facebook?

How about change your life?

Why do some people achieve far more than others? We all get the same 24 hours in a day, yet a special few seem to have superhuman abilities when it comes to accomplishing great things in life.

Tommy Barnett, a proven master at “getting things done,” says the key to maximizing your productivity is to make use of small, manageable moments in your day—just 30 minutes at a time.  In this remarkably practical book, Tommy shows how to begin a whole new life of fruitfulness. You’ll see immediate results in all areas of your life, including your—

·         Purpose and values
·         Personal goals
·         Faith
·         Character and attitude
·         Dreams
·         Career
·         Relationships
·         Marriage and family
·         Church involvement and ministry

Why not change time from being your worst enemy to your everlasting friend? It all starts with the amazing things you can do in only a half hour.  Through inspiring stories and biblical principles, discover how your downtime can have a major upside.

Get going—you don’t have a minute to lose!
- See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9780307731845#sthash.QOM7zKU5.dpuf

MY TAKE:
I LOVED this book.  And not ONLY because of who wrote it, but because of the content.  First of all....I am a mother of 4 very busy children, I am a substitute teacher, I work part time at my church, and I am getting my Master's Degree in Education at Liberty University.  Having ANY spare time to read a leisure book is like trying to find water in a barren desert.  It just doesn't happen.  One of the things I loved most about this book was that each chapter is relatively short.  So, I could take a few minutes here and there to read a chapter and not feel like I left in the middle of something.  It was AWESOME!  For my life right now, I wish all books were written like that.  I literally can take 5 minutes and read a chapter easily!  It gave me a feeling of accomplishment.  I know that may sound weird to some of you...but if you only saw my calendar....ANYWAY, the points that Pastor Barnett made were so logical, and honestly probably stuff that if we sat down and thought about it, we already know.  However, it is so good to be reminded of these things.  Thirty minutes really isn't that long.  Can we give thirty minutes to God in one way or another every day, multiple times a day even?  Its not about having the time, it is about being INTENTIONAL about your time.  This Power of a Half Hour has been helping me tremendously with my Master's program.  I struggle between work, house work, school work, children's homework, and still having time for my friends and family....by making each thirty minutes more mapped out and intentional, it actually seems like I have more time.

If you feel strapped for time to spend time with God each day or for God each day, then this is the book that you need to be reading.  This is the book that everyone needs to be reading.  I would highly recommend it to anyone, even if you aren't busy.  That intentional thirty minutes could mean a lot.  Go out and buy this book today!

*I was given a copy of this book by Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest opinion.*



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