The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett

Power-of-a-half-hourVery well written, The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett is a practical book about using your time wisely in a way that will impact your life and the lives of those around you. Barnett’s thesis is that breaking your time into chunks of 30 minutes to accomplish various goals and activities is a powerful way to turn your life around towards the purposes of God.

The chapters are very brief – they can easily be read within a half-hour and therefore it’s not daunting. Barnett systematically deals with almost every area of Christian life and discipline. In fact, it almost seems like the book is a discipleship guide. What I like about this is that it’s very practical rather than theoretical.

On the other hand, I felt like the “half hour” principle was sometimes forced. Not everything important in life takes place within 30 minutes and yet he makes it seem like that. Five minute increments can be just as important as 30 and the same can be said about an hour or two. Jesus would pray all night and fasted for 40 days.

That said, I would recommend this book as a discipleship guide. It would be ideal for a small group to read and discuss on a weekly basis. And Barnett always keeps our feet on the ground making it very real all the time and that is what is needed. Walk the talk.

Thank you to Waterbrook Press, which provided a copy for review as part of the “Blogging For Books” program. I was not required to write a positive review.

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