Archives For Time


This is a fascinating new book
that released last week…


The Art of the Wasted Day
Patricia Hampl

Hardback: Viking, 2018
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Listen to Maureen Corrigan’s review
from NPR’S Fresh Air:

(Anyone here reading or finished this book?
I appreciate the Sabbath-like dimensions of this idea,
but do wonder the degree of privilege it takes to waste a day — or substantial portion of it?)

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A Cruelly Steady Pace
A Review of

Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation
Alan Burdick

Hardback: Simon & Schuster, 2017
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Reviewed by Alisa Williams

The title of Alan Burdick’s book instantly intrigued me. For the past decade or so my life has felt as if someone pressed the fast-forward button and forgot to let up, a perception Burdick assures is quite normal in his expansive exploration of Why Time Flies.

I knew very little about the study of time before cracking open Burdick’s book, but his relaxed prose and quick wit kept the often complex concepts behind, what we call, time easily digestible.

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Let them Flow in Ceaseless Praise
A Brief Review of 

Moments & Days:
How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith
Michelle Van Loon

Paperback: NavPress, 2016.
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Reviewed by Leslie Starasta

As individuals and families turn the calendar to December, thoughts turn to Christmas, and for some, Advent.  Celebrations of Advent and Christmas may cause some to wonder about the remaining seasons of the Christian year.  The celebration of Chanukah may cause thoughts of wonder about the Jewish year as well.  For individuals who wish to learn more about the Jewish and Christian year, Michelle Van Loon, best known as a Her.meneutics blogger, recently published Moments & Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith.

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Today is the birthday of poet Kenneth Rexroth, born 1905.

Here is a poem of his from the collection:

Collected Shorter Poems
Kenneth Rexroth
New Directions, 1966.
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Time Spirals
Kenneth Rexroth

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

See a book here that you’d like to review for us?
Contact us, and we’ll talk about the possibility of a review.

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You

By Jessica N. Turner

Watch the book trailer for this book


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Our Latest Book Giveaway…

We’re giving away FIVE copies of the new book

FREE: Spending Your Time and Money On What Matters Most
By M
ark Scandrette

[ Watch a great video intro to the book … ]


Enter to win a copy of this book!
Enter now to win (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :

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I was hoping to write my review of Mark Scandrette’s new book this week…

FREE: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters MostMark Scandrette

Paperback: IVP Books, 2013
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*** Other Books by Mark Scandrette

BUT with finalizing revisions on a book manuscript and catching up after last week’s trip to the CCDA conference, a review didn’t happen.
Instead, we offer this great video introduction to the book…

I am looking forward to introducing Mark at two events in the next week, and briefly framing the book within the biblical idea of an economy of abundance (one of the key themes of the Slow Church book).

More details on these events: 
[ Indianapolis – Sunday evening 9/22 ]  [ Cincinnati – Monday Evening 9/23 ]

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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).


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C.S. Lewis - Mere ChristianityListen to a clip of C.S. Lewis giving a talk on the BBC on God and Time…

This talk would later be compiled as part of the classic book:

Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis

Paperback: Harper.
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The Christian Seasons CalendarWith working on the Slow Church book project, I have been thinking a good deal about the nature of time and how we live within it.  Just in the last few days, I have had some specific ideas about how we live as churches within time that might emerge in the near future as various writing projects.

With these thoughts of on my mind, I was delighted today to receive a copy of the Christian Seasons Calendar for the coming church year from our friends at University Hill Congregation in Vancouver.

Each year, University Hill publishes this elegant calendar with original and thoughtful artwork, with the aim of helping reorient our sense of time to the calendar of the church year.  So, the calendar is divided not into months, but into the seasons of the church Year — Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Ordinary Time (aka The Season after Pentecost).

Here’s University Hill’s description of the calendar:

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