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Book Review: The Time of Your Life & Giveaway

Porter-TimeofYourLifeTime management! Everyone wants to know more about that topic. Most people would pass on this book by Mark Porter simply because it was published in 1988. But don’t do that! You’ll miss a wonderful study of time management from the Christian perspective.

Porter was busy man. He was a chemical engineer, consultant, and teaching elder in his church. He was caught up in what he called the “scurry syndrome,” running from one thing to another without thinking about which activities were important and which were merely urgent. This concept might not sound new to you because other time management experts have picked up on it since this book was written. The point is that many things that are urgent are not necessarily important.

The subtitle of the book is How to Accomplish All that God Wants You to Do. With this concept in mind, Porter takes the reader through a study of how to turn mere activity into accomplishment. In fact, the book is designed to be used in a 13-week study. There’s mention of a study guide, but I have not found it anywhere. Porter covers goals, priorities, spiritual gifts, analysis of current time usage, identifying time wasters, and planning. All content is presented from a sound Biblical basis, making this book a valuable resource for the Christian writer. See the list of chapter titles here.

You can enter the drawing for my giveaway of Porter’s book by commenting on this post giving your name and e-mail address. Drawing will take place on September 3, 2015, at 12 noon CDT. I will e-mail the winner and ask for mailing information. Book will be in the mail ASAP after I get winner’s info.

The Time of Your Life is available for sale at ECS Ministries. I have not ordered from them because I found it used on Ebay’s www.half.com and on Amazon. To help with your search, the ISBN number is 0-937396-71-0.

10 Responses to Book Review: The Time of Your Life & Giveaway

  1. Judith Coopy September 1, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    Sitting here commenting on”those who began their real work later in life” and the word SCURRY suits my life in the past 4 years! I felt like I was on a roller-coaster every time I looked at my calendar! I left two organizations two years ago and after 2 years of PT (twice a week) decided to stop it, too! I still will be out 14 of the next 21 days, some overnight….aargh!

  2. Emily Akin September 1, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Keep on keeping on, Judith. Gotta keep moving or you’ll gather moss!

  3. Cecelia Lester September 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    I have always had a problem with getting things done in a timely manner. When I work on a project I try to set a personal deadline (before the actual deadline) in order to have a time of rest. I find I am definitely in the minority with this plan. I really need to develop some skills in time management.

  4. Diana Derringer September 1, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    My prayers most days include the need for God’s guidance in time management. Otherwise, I get bogged down in all my to-do lists. The topic remains timely, regardless when it was written.

  5. Lettie Kirkpatrick Burress September 1, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

    I have spent much of my life asking God to “order my days and redeem my time”, but nothing prepared me for what I do now when my minutes, hours, and days seem to drop into a black hole. I doubt there is a remedy, but I am the forever student, always hoping for improvement 🙂

  6. Emily Akin September 2, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    You are a role model for all of us, Lettie. Indeed, our times are in God’s hands (Psalm 31:5).

  7. Paula Geister September 3, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    I’m always eager to hear what other Christians have to say about managing a limited resource like time. While we can all have different means of planning our day, it just makes sense to seek the Lord’s plan first and discard those actions which simply aren’t that important. I know on occasion, I am wasteful of time and need the example of others to help me get back on track. Thanks for offering yet another non-fiction resource for us, Emily.

  8. Ruthie Denise September 14, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    I have a hard time staying focused and figuring out what to do first.

  9. Emily Akin September 15, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    Thanks for commenting, Ruthie. The drawing for the book was done on September 3. Winner was Lettie Kirkpatrick Burress, http://writingforhim.com/.

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