Rhythms of Grace: Discovering God’s Tempo for Your Life by Kerri Weems is a book that is written for women who feel a little overwhelmed. Is your schedule driving you? Do you feel like you’re constantly busy but accomplishing nothing? Do you feel need for a little more margin and rest in your life? Do you want to be able to connect your schedule to God’s mission for you in life?
If you could answer yes to any of these questions, Weems has a word for you. Rhythms of Grace is about putting the important things first in your weekly rhythm, and making those the things that are important parts of your day. She begins with the idea of finding shalom in your lifestyle, and about how our culture that is driven by work and productivity will never allow us to naturally make space for peace and rest in our lives.
She explores the sabbath and rest. She discusses whether or not your doing the right things for the right reasons or for the wrong reasons because the right things, if done for the wrong reasons, are still the wrong things. After this discussion, she comes to the heart of her book with the idea that there are “pacesetters” and “peacestealers,” These “pacesetters” are the good things and situations that set the pace of our lives. However, many of them, if not given their proper place in our lives can become “peacestealers” and take the peace in our lives away. The four areas of life where Weems marks these pacesetters and peacestealers is through work, relationships, our bodies and our spiritual vitality.
Once you’ve determined these entities (and the questions at the end of each chapter will help you to do so), you are ready to reboot your schedule. This means you take these pacesetters, your commitments, etc. and you begin to set up your weekly rhythm and daily schedule for your life.
I found this book to be a beautiful reminder that time management is about more than just filling in the boxes on your calendar. Instead, this book is about how your schedule should be birthed out of the things and people who are most important to you, and that you should always leave time to rest and recharge. I hope to find that as I continue to reset my schedule that the lessons learned here will help my days to be a little less frantic.
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