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Redeeming Your Time

7 Biblical Principles for Being Purposeful, Present, and Wildly Productive

Jordan Raynor

About Redeeming Your Time

Manage your time the way Jesus managed his with a biblical antidote to swamped to-do lists and hurried schedules.

“A highly practical road map.”—Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author and lead pastor of National Community Church


Despite the overwhelming amount of resources for time management and work-life balance, the ability to cultivate the efficiency and equilibrium needed to manage all our worthy pursuits can often feel frustratingly out of reach. The reason for our struggle is that productivity and time-management systems focus on individual habits rather than more meaningful and lasting lifestyle changes. But as it turns out, there is a better way to reach our full potential.

We don’t need just another approach to changing our habits. What we need is an operating system that takes into account the full scope of our lives. In these pages, bestselling author Jordan Raynor presents this system, using seven powerful time- management principles drawn from the example of how Jesus lived:
 
1. Start with the Word: Find meaningful connection with the author of time daily.
2. Let Your Yes Be Yes: Accept only the commitments you can fulfill.
3. Dissent from the Kingdom of Noise: Create room for silence, stillness, and reflection.
4. Prioritize Your Yeses: Confidently maintain your commitments.
5. Accept Your “Unipresence”: Focus on one important thing at a time.
6. Embrace Productive Rest: Live the God-designed rhythms of rest which are productive for our goals and souls.
7. Eliminate All Hurry: Embrace productive busyness while ruthlessly eliminating hurry from our lives.

With these principles, you’ll see how Jesus managed his time on earth and how he responded to human constraints much like the ones you face today. More than that, you’ll discover corresponding practices that will help you embrace the best, most Christlike version of yourself possible: purposeful, present, and wildly productive.

Praise

“Jordan Raynor’s paradigm of purpose, presence, and productivity is excellent. But learning it from Jesus? That’s the magic.”—John Mark Comer, bestselling author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

“Mixing the theological and the tactical, Jordan Raynor offers a deeply original and practical take on time management, busyness, and the human urge toward living meaningfully.”—Cal Newport, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Work

“If wisdom had weight, this book would weigh a thousand pounds.”—Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Soundtracks

“What can we learn about time management from the life of Christ? It turns out, quite a lot! I’m so grateful Jordan has written this book.”—Janeen Uzzell, COO of Wikipedia

“Jordan is your guide to a better way, giving you a highly practical road map to ‘redeeming the time, because the days are evil’ (Ephesians 5:16).”—Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker
 
“. . . an outstanding guidebook to help you steward your time . . . ”—Dee Ann Turner, former vice president of talent and sustainability at Chick-fil-A
 
“Balance is not something you just achieve. It must be designed. In Redeeming Your Time, Jordan shows you how.”—Emily Ley, bestselling author of A Simplified Life

“Jordan Raynor is the master chief of productivity.”—John Brandon, Forbes columnist and author of The 7-Minute Productivity Solution

“Part of our response to the gospel is to manage our time wisely so we can serve others with excellence. This book will show you how.”—Horst Schulze, cofounder of the Ritz-Carlton and author of Excellence Wins
 
“I have read countless books on time management, yet none have left me transformed the way Jordan’s God-given insight in Redeeming Your Time has.”—Bob Lotich, author of Simple Money, Rich Life
 
“Jordan Raynor has . . . a track record that demonstrates his approach works.”—Carey Nieuwhof, author of At Your Best
 
“The only productivity book you will ever need to read. If you want to flourish, you don’t want to miss this book!”—Daniel Fusco, pastor of Crossroads Community Church and author of Crazy Happy

“This book is . . . equipping us to make every moment count.”—Nona Jones, head of faith-based partnerships for Facebook

“Jordan has connected the best ideas on time management into one cohesive, gospel-centered approach.”—Matt Perman, bestselling author of What’s Best Next

“. . . powerful and hard to put down!”—Jefferson Bethke, New York Times bestselling author of Take Back Your Family

“As Christ followers, we need to approach time management and productivity through a theological and worshipful lens. Jordan serves us well by leading the way.”—Ruth Chou Simons, bestselling author of Beholding and Becoming and GraceLaced

About Jordan Raynor

Jordan Raynor helps Christians respond to the radical, biblical truth that their work matters for eternity. He does this through his bestselling books (The Creator in You, Redeeming Your Time, Master of One, and Called to Create), podcast (The Call to Mastery), and weekly devotional (The Word Before Work)—content that has served millions of Christ-followers in every country on earth.  In addition to his writing, Jordan serves as the Executive Chairman of Threshold 360, a venture-backed tech startup which Jordan previously ran as CEO following a string of successful ventures of his own. Jordan has twice been selected as a Google Fellow and served in The White House under President George W. Bush.  A sixth-generation Floridian, Jordan lives in Tampa with his wife and their three young daughters. The Raynors are proud members of The Church at Odessa.

Product Details

256 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Oct 19, 2021

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 12

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Manage your time the way Jesus managed his with a biblical antidote to swamped to-do lists and hurried schedules. “A highly practical road map.”—Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author and lead pastor of National Community Church Despite the overwhelming amount of resources for time management and work-life balance, the ability to cultivate the efficiency and equilibrium needed to manage all our worthy pursuits can often feel frustratingly out of reach. The reason for our struggle is that productivity and time-management systems focus on individual habits rather than more meaningful and lasting lifestyle changes. But as it turns out, there is a better way to reach our full potential. We don’t need just another approach to changing our habits. What we need is an operating system that takes into account the full scope of our lives. In these pages, bestselling author Jordan Raynor presents this system, using seven powerful time- management principles drawn from the example of how Jesus lived: 1. Start with the Word: Find meaningful connection with the author of time daily. 2. Let Your Yes Be Yes: Accept only the commitments you can fulfill. 3. Dissent from the Kingdom of Noise: Create room for silence, stillness, and reflection. 4. Prioritize Your Yeses: Confidently maintain your commitments. 5. Accept Your “Unipresence”: Focus on one important thing at a time. 6. Embrace Productive Rest: Live the God-designed rhythms of rest which are productive for our goals and souls. 7. Eliminate All Hurry: Embrace productive busyness while ruthlessly eliminating hurry from our lives. With these principles, you’ll see how Jesus managed his time on earth and how he responded to human constraints much like the ones you face today. More than that, you’ll discover corresponding practices that will help you embrace the best, most Christlike version of yourself possible: purposeful, present, and wildly productive.

Press Release

Bestselling Author & Successful Entrepreneur Jordan Raynor Offers a Biblical Antidote for Swamped To-do Lists and Hurried Schedules
 
Despite the overwhelming amount of resources for time management and work-life balance, the ability to cultivate the efficiency and equilibrium needed to manage all our worthy pursuits can often feel frustratingly out of reach. The reason for our struggle is that productivity and time-management systems focus on individual habits rather than on more meaningful and lasting lifestyle changes. But as it turns out, there is a better way to reach our full potential.

We don’t need just another approach to changing our habits. What we need is an operating system that takes into account the full scope of our lives. In Redeeming Your Time: 7 Biblical Principles for Being Purposeful, Present & Wildly Productive (WaterBrook hardcover; on-sale 10/19/21), bestselling author Jordan Raynor presents this vital system, using seven powerful time-management principles drawn from the example of how Jesus lived:
 
1. Start with the Word: Find meaningful connection with the author of time daily.
2. Let Your Yes Be Yes: Accept only the commitments you can fulfill.
3. Dissent from the Kingdom of Noise: Create room for silence, stillness, and reflection.
4. Prioritize Your Yeses: Confidently maintain your commitments.
5. Accept Your “Unipresence”: Focus on one important thing at a time.
6. Embrace Productive Rest: Live the God-designed rhythms of rest that are productive for your goals and soul.
7. Eliminate All Hurry: Embrace productive busyness while ruthlessly eliminating hurry from your life.

With these principles, readers will see how Jesus managed his time on earth and how he responded to human constraints much like the ones we face today. Throughout the book, Raynor helps readers discover 31 corresponding practices so they can embrace the best, most Christlike version of themselves possible: purposeful, present, and wildly productive.
 
To help illustrate the wisdom of Jesus’s habits, Raynor also includes numerous helpful time management and productivity case studies from influential figures including William Wilberforce, C. S. Lewis, Paul McCartney, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings, James Cameron, and Mister Rogers.
 
Redeeming Your Time is an essential and highly practical guide that will be appreciated by believers everywhere.
 
“The Gospels are biographies of how Jesus walked. Why do we read biographies? To learn how to live. Who better to learn from than Jesus? Jordan Raynor’s paradigm of purpose, presence, and productivity is excellent. But learning it from Jesus? That’s the magic.”
John Mark Comer, founding pastor of Bridgetown Church and author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

“A highly practical road map.”—Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author and lead pastor of National Community Church

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jordan Raynor, author of Redeeming Your Time: 7 Biblical Principles for Being Purposeful, Present, and Wildly Productive (WaterBrook hardcover; on sale 10/19/21), is a serial entrepreneur and national bestselling author who has helped millions of Christians around the world connect the gospel to their work through his “Call to Mastery” podcast, devotionals, and other books. He also serves as the executive chairman of Threshold 360, a venture-backed tech start-up that has built the world’s largest library of 360-degree virtual experiences of hotels, restaurants, and attractions. A highly sought-after speaker on the topic of faith and work, Raynor has spoken at many events around the world, including Harvard University and SXSW. He has been selected as a Google fellow twice and served in the White House under President George W. Bush. Jordan and his books have been featured on many media outlets including CNBC, Fast Company, WIRED Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, WORLD, “The Christy Wright Show,” “In the Market with Janet Parshall,” and the “Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast.” Jordan lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife and their three daughters.For more information, visit https://www.jordanraynor.com or instagram.com/jordanraynor

Notable Quotes from Redeeming Your Time
“Our response to the gospel is to redeem our time, to manage our time as carefully and wisely as possible.”
 
“The gospels are our opportunity to see not just what Jesus said or what he did but how he walked so that we can walk and manage our time as he did.”
 
“Work existed pre-sin. Work was good. Work was more than good, and work was worship.”
 
“Working to earn someone's favor is exhausting. But working in response to unconditional favor is intoxicating.”
 
“God showed you grace when you were his enemy. Surely you can give yourself grace for forgetting to call your grandmother.”
 
“Silence, stillness, solitude, reflection—that’s the difference between hearing God's Word and listening to his voice.”
 
“If you eliminate or significantly reduce your time spent consuming information, your friends will curate information for you.”
 
“Jesus understood his purpose and that allowed him to take the long list of things he could do and prioritize it down to the things he knew he should do to ‘finish the work the Father gave him to do.’”
 
“The mission of your life is to glorify God. Period. Full stop.”
 
“The level of competition decreases as the size of your goal increases.”
 
“In today’s distracted world, being fully present is one of the most valuable presents you can give.”
 
“Life’s too short to spend time on things that only deserve half our attention.”
 
“Depth is the silver bullet for effectiveness.”
 
“The less time you sleep, the less time you have to do good works for the glory of God and the good of others.”
 
“If you work with your mind, rest with your hands. If you work with your hands, rest with your mind.”
 
“Sabbath is a day for ceasing and feasting. We aren’t invited just to cease from our work. We are invited to pull up a chair next to King Jesus and feast on his goodness and his gifts.”
 
“In today’s distracted world, being fully present is one of the most valuable presents you can give.”
 
“Our work matters today because it is a means of glorifying God and loving our neighbors as ourselves. But our work also matters for eternity because God can use it to build his kingdom.”
 
“We must ensure that our ‘yes’ is ‘yes’ from the smallest to the biggest commitments we make.”
 
“Hurry is the great enemy to our ability to be purposeful, present, and wildly productive.”
 
“Which problem, once solved, is going to make most of my other problems easier to solve or disappear entirely?”
 
“Opportunities that aren't attached to some meaningful end aren’t opportunities. They are simply possibilities that stir up frantic excitement.”
 
“Everything we have, including our ability to be disciplined as we redeem our time, has been graciously given to us.”

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