Title: Divine Time Management: The Joy of Trusting God’s Loving Plans for You
Author: Elizabeth Grace Saunders
Publishing Date: November 17, 2017
Genre: Non-Fiction, Business & Investing, Christian
Productivity is one of the most talked about topics in the business genre. I was particularly drawn to Divine Time Management’s premise of letting God control your calendar. Renowned time management coach and author Elizabeth Grace Saunders dives into this concept without being too woo-woo in this book.
Saunders highlights three main themes: trusting God by placing Him at the centre of one’s decisions, loving one’s true identity and aligning with God. By applying these themes the author hopes that the reader will be able to shave non-essential priorities and focus on the “real ones”. She anchors her book on the fact that God is in control of everything, Therefore, Christians should trust in Him, seek His advice before carrying forward with any action.
“Investing time in your priorities, following through on commitments, setting realistic expectations, and practising good routines are all helpful. However, the ultimate goal of time management should not be achievement or getting things done. Instead, it should be about creating the freedom to do the Lord’s will and in turn receive God’s best. Just like when you have your finances in good order, you have more freedom to move and do what the Lord calls you to do. In the same way, when you have your time in order, you have more flexibility to use your time as God leads. That could sometimes mean being able to get more things done—like serving at church—but other times it could mean doing less, like spontaneously taking a day to have fun with a friend or family member or to simply rest in the Lord.”
Saunders calls on Christians who are always volunteering for stuff and events before getting clear on their anointing. She advises:
“The next time you find yourself about to volunteer to go above and beyond and beyond, pause before you commit. Think about why you are stretching yourself paper-thin: Are your motives purely to help or is this about being the “super” something? Are you coming from a place of faith or fear? Finally, is this something you sense is of God or of yourself? Then decide whether to move forward and take action or to keep your mouth shut. Often a moment of silence can spare you from weeks or months of stress.”
If you are looking for productivity hacks, then this is not the book for you. In contrast, the author favours digging more into the Christian’s psyche while helping them to decipher the right vs wrong goals. Then the end of each chapter provides boxes for reflection and prayer ideas for tackling each issue. Overall, this would an ideal book for a Christian professional.
Note: This book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own. Review originally posted on Goodreads.