Making Our Peace With Time
A Feature Review of
Good Busy: Productivity, Procrastination, and the Endless Pursuit of Balance
Julia Scatliff O’Grady
Paperback: RCWMS, 2012.
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
Time is man’s greatest challenge… Space is exposed to our will; we may shape and change things in space as we please. Time, however, is beyond our reach, beyond our power. It is both near and far, intrinsic to all experience and transcending all experience.
– Abraham Joshua Heschel, from The Sabbath
One of the greatest challenges of writing a book on the idea of Slow Church is the straining to articulate our human relation to time, confessing our deep struggles to conquer it, and as Heschel observes in the above words, the ways that it ultimately eludes our control. If we cannot conquer time, then our task is simply to make our peace with it (Heschel uses the language of “sanctifying” time, making it holy).